Posts Tagged ‘david salazar’
Sometimes I’ll settle in to watch 30 Rock and after 20 minutes, despite not getting any of To the Lighthouse read, I’ll be in a better mood because I spent the better part of that time laughing hysterically. But there are some TV shows that I watch and just feel uncomfortable the entire time.
Usually they’re incredibly funny, but they’re just so unbelievably awkward that sometimes I have to avert my eyes from the screen because I feel the shame that other characters lack—here are a few shows that make me feel incredibly awkward. Try not to cringe at some of the shows listed after the jump. More »
Since I didn’t have very good taste in music until I was about 15, when I first listened to the burned copy of Funeral by Arcade Fire that my friend gave me, it had been around for about five years and they had already released their second album. And at this point in my life, I’ve pretty much tapped the well of my love for Arcade Fire dry after listening to every album ad nauseum for the better part of a year and a half, then another six months after I saw them last year.
But there’s not really anything that can undo the way I felt when I first listened to Funeral all the way through. There’s not much to say about the album that every music blogger in existence hasn’t said, but that’s not going to stop me. It’s easy enough to enjoy “Rebellion (Lies),” which is easily the most popular song of the album right next to “Wake Up,” but liking only those two songs can keep somebody from getting what a personal, complex, and polished work the album is as a whole. More »
This week, indie rock staple The Shins (read: James Mercer and four random people) released their first studio album since 2007. But while the verdict is still out on the new album, Port of Morrow, there is a definite verdict on The Shins’ first album ever, specifically the first single off their first album “New Slang.”
The song is arguably as big a cornerstone of indie music as Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (more on that in the coming weeks). But don’t take my word for it, Natalie Portman agrees. If, as it was for me, Garden State was your first introduction to The Shins and by extension, the world of indie music, the song definitely changed your life. More »
In an uncharacteristic defense of my liberal arts education, I’d like to begin by saying that this is actually the story of how I didn’t do a lot of the things I needed to get done over break.
But since I can’t acknowledge my own shortcomings, I’m going to direct my anger at the school I chose to attend. (Who really needs self-improvement?)
Everyone knows that feeling: It’s Saturday morning and you realize that in addition to 200 pages of reading, you have to write an essay and an article, and that you need to start the reading for that class you’ve been ignoring whose midterm is in a matter of days. You had all week, really, but your family, friends, and Netflix were too seductively accessible to even think about anything else. More »
This is the first in a new series called “Things that will (temporarily) change your life,” in which a writer looks at a book, movie, album, or any piece of art, examines why it’ll change your life, and assigns it a number out of 10, where 10 changes your worldview entirely and 1 makes you forget it immediately.
To begin a series about things that will change your life (even temporarily), there’s the obvious requirement for the first entry to be really, really good. Given this prerequisite, the first thing that will temporarily change your life is Wes Anderson’s 2001 movie The Royal Tenenbaums. More »
Admit it, you’re thrilled to be going home. By Wednesday, you’ll be thrilled that spring break only lasts a week. Try to fill your time by catching up with The Eye’s content from the first half of this semester.
So far, we’ve covered the problems at SEAS, the MSA’s struggle against Islamophobia, and a growing trend: LGBT hip hop artists. We’ve also conducted interviews with members of CC’s first coed graduating class, and covered new strides in digital publishing. Last week we looked at people with depression and anxiety who all had to make a decision about medication.
We can’t list all of them here, but there are a lot of features that have appeared this semester. We’ve looked at what exactly New American means as well as what dining in the dark is all about. We’ve also shone a light on an almost-unknown line of work that needs special skills: art handling. There are, of course more on our website. More »
Every Monday, we analyze the number one Billboard song for its deeper meaning and what it says about the human condition.
This week’s number one Billboard song is Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).” Since we already analyzed that, we usually defer to the runner-up for the week, which is Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”—we’ve also analyzed that. So today, we analyze the bronze medalist of the Billboard chart: “We Are Young” by Fun. featuring Janelle Monae.
Luckily for everyone who reads this regularly, I can’t find any text that is embodied by this song. It’s also not the most lyrically compelling song I’ve ever heard. However, as a song about being youthful and living life, it largely accomplishes that with the chorus. More »
This Sunday, Hollywood’s best and brightest will gather for the 84th Annual Academy Awards and you’ll consider watching them to put off that essay you forgot about. There are obviously favorites, and there are already Vegas odds about which movie or actor is going to win.
But at The Eye we don’t care about Las Vegas odds or heavy favorites. We want to hear from our readers.
Vote in our online Oscars poll after the jump and check back on Sunday to see how your choices stack up against everyone else’s. (You may need to refresh if it doesn’t show up right away.) More »
Remember when you were young and libraries held books that you just wanted to devour with your eyes? You would enter the library and the smell of the thousands of books would wash over you. You would find your book and use that weird stick thing to mark where you got it from, then curl up in a cozy corner and read at your leisure. (Please click that link—it took me so many Google attempts to find the video.)
Fast forward to right now. You might even be in a library as you read this. Is it cozy? Does it still give you a sense of wonder? If it’s Butler, the likely answer to that question is no. A more accurate answer is that your back hurts from being hunched over a copy of The Wealth of Nations or The Radical Reader. It doesn’t smell like books, but rather like old coffee and B.O. More »
Now that he’s officially won more primaries than Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum is once again in the limelight for something other than the alternate definition of his name.
His regained national prominence has also brought to light his sometimes interesting views on many hot-button issues. Below are some of his greatest hits. More »