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Going goo-goo for Lady GaGa, and the manifestation of pop culture as we know it

I’m sure most self-respecting liberal arts students do not consider Lady GaGa a gold standard for cultural consumption. For the most part, I would agree.

Lady GaGa in many ways represents all that is wrong with pop culture. Her songs, … Read More...

Chew on this: J. S. Foer discusses issues behind “Eating Animals”

Jonathan Safran Foer stands at a grand wooden podium overlooking dozens of pews packed with eagerly awaiting fans. An air of humble intellect gives him an almost rabbinical presence, standing at the front and center of attention at Congregation Kehillath … Read More...

Folds in the centerfold

<i>PHOTO BY Max Shay/The Hoot</i>

PHOTO BY Max Shay/The Hoot

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Ben Folds is just an average, laid-back guy who happens to play jam-packed concerts across the country. Also, he just so happens to be famous.

But fame hasn’t stifled this quirky music-geek from … Read More...

Poetry: Weird Sandwiches

“I don’t like people who order weird


He told me, looking up from his

caramel macchiato

with a lip ring where his lip should be.

He didn’t clean the grime under his


because that would show that he …

A modern variation of a classic love story

Above:  Jordie Goodman ‘12 engages in an on-stage battle during Act III.<br /><i>PHOTOS BY Max Shay/The Hoot</i>

Above: Jordie Goodman ‘12 engages in an on-stage battle during Act III.
PHOTOS BY Max Shay/The Hoot

Some stories are good, and some good stories are classics. But only a handful of classics are truly timeless.

Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” …

To everything there is a season

<i>PHOTO BY Max Shay/The Hoot</i>

PHOTO BY Max Shay/The Hoot

It always happens at this time of year, when the treetops are singed with licks of crimson red and luscious orange, that I feel oddly tranquil. Students, upswept in a maelstrom of midterms and responsibility, … Read More...

The good, the bad, and the melodramatic: Musings on this week’s slam session

<i>PHOTO BY Andrew Rauner</i>

PHOTO BY Andrew Rauner

There’s poetry, and then there’s slam poetry. It’s easy to cast off the latter as a contemporary subset of a traditional form of expression. But some slam—the kind overwrought with lofty metaphors and melodramatic pretense—is so … Read More...

Getting Boston transit

It’s 8:45 pm on a Wednesday night. Around this time you’d typically find me at some miscellaneous location around campus, in trademark position—feet propped up on nearest surface, pencil in hand, notebook in lap, nose in book or, more likely, … Read More...


Your words are empty, as are mine,

but claim themselves to be sublime;

pious praise, and blinded gaze

by cataracts of light-divine.

“Why are we here, the end is near”

Your empty phrases are quite smug

and claim

you know …

B.O.M.S. slams into session!

The first thing you notice when attending an open mic session is the vibe.

You don’t feel the vibe at an open mic. More like, you feed it. You and every attendee, performer, observer and passer-by, are all distinct parts … Read More...

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