“Frantz” Finds Love and Liberation Amid the Trauma of War

March 24, 2017, by Jake Lahut, Editor-in-Chief. 2 Comments

Forbidden love and ruminations over what makes life worth living are fine subjects for cinema, and they could have been enough on their own to make “Frantz” a perfectly pleasurable film. The film goes beyond them, however, to intersect the heavy existential subjects with the toll of war. This type of engagement has become more foreign Western society in […]

Future’s Homeric Epic in the Streaming Era

March 6, 2017, by Jake Lahut, Editor-in-Chief. 1 Comment

Homer had “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” while Future apparently has FUTURE and HNDRXX, doing his part to make Atlanta the Athens of hip hop and rap. Before the classicists among you hurl your Grecian urns at the screen—or, by some lovely chance, the print edition—consider how artists have worked from the Homeric epic since […]

Boylan ’80 and Chee ’89 Talk Identity, Gender, and Sexuality at Wes

March 6, 2017, by Danielle Cohen, Arts Editor. Leave a Comment

The evening began with a 19th-century Parisian opera singer, and by 6 p.m. it had moved to a hookup in the Nics lounge. This is how conversations seem to meander when they involve Jenny Boylan ’80 and Alexander Chee ’89, who returned to campus this weekend for a talk on, as the title indicated, queer […]

The Angsty Superhero Cliché Finally Succeeds in “Logan”

March 5, 2017, by Michael Darer, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

“Logan” is not a superhero movie. It’s a western and a character drama, both starring superhumans. But still, “Logan” is not a superhero movie. It has no interest in heroism. It may be interested in duty and responsibility (which, I guess, comes with Great Power), but it could not be less interested in heroes. Taking […]

“In The Heights” Returns to Middletown in High School Production

March 2, 2017, by Sophie Brett-Chin, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

In 1999, the first iteration of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ’02 “In The Heights” premiered in Wesleyan’s ’92 Theater. The show follows a community in Washington Heights—a predominantly Dominican and Latino neighborhood in the Northern tip of Manhattan—as each individual character explores what home and identity mean to them. Eighteen years after the musical’s conception, Miranda is, […]

New Britain’s “Vistas del Sur” Displays a Treacherous Beauty

March 2, 2017, by Andrew Fleming, Assistant Arts Editor. Leave a Comment

A red-coated man in a tricorn hat looks up at a distant white mountain cap. He stands apart from a wooden cross that tilts into the earth. The sky runs in dark streaks but shines blue just beyond the mountain. A river cuts into the heart of a leveled, fertile land, devoid of any being […]

Remy Ma Annihilates Nicki Minaj in Seven-Minute Diss Track

March 2, 2017, by Michael Darer, Opinion Editor. 5 Comments

Rest in peace, Nicki Minaj. You were so young. You had so much potential, and then Remy Ma murdered you in the coldest blood. We are gathered here today to remember everything you accomplished before “shETHER” dropped on Saturday and weaponized pettiness in what might be the most savage and ferocious diss track of the last […]

“As You Like It” Offers Colorful, Creative Take On Lesser-Known Shakespeare

March 1, 2017, by Michael Darer, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

Much of the work of William Shakespeare has been so deeply integrated into Western culture that it has become cliché. We know so many of his stories, so many of his thematic beats. We utilize them over and over again across so many artistic mediums. He is elemental, perhaps, at times, to the point of […]

Henderson Proposes a New Way to Read

February 27, 2017, by Andrew Fleming, Assistant Arts Editor. 1 Comment

The modern education system is a technocratic capitalist’s dream. Students are increasingly funneled into STEM and business careers, while those who study the liberal arts desperately search for ways to make the field profitable. The distinction between life and career slowly fades as students are placed securely into a life within the marketplace. In opposition to this current […]

“I Am Not Your Negro” Posits Knowledge as Power

February 27, 2017, by Viviane Eng, Assistant Arts Editor. Leave a Comment

Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” paints a portrait of James Baldwin’s life in the 1960s while offering audience members a glimpse into American race relations during one of its most tense and revolutionary moments. The documentary takes Baldwin’s own voice and uses it as its transcript, deriving most of its narration from his unfinished manuscript for […]

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