From Russia to Russell House: Professor Priscilla Meyer Retirement Celebration

April 30, 2018, by Mae Davies, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

On a sunny Saturday, April 28, students, faculty, and visitors gathered in Wesleyan’s Russell House for a day of literature and celebration. The event was organized by Susanne Fusso in honor of East European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies Chair Priscilla Meyer and her decades-long career comprised of scholarship, research, and education. Featuring a series of lectures examining […]

All My Little Words: An Ode to Dalida

April 26, 2018, by Tara Ghandour, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

All My Little Words is The Argus’ love-centric column. We publish personal essays, poems, humorous pieces, and other creative written work that focuses on themes of love, loss, labor, and loneliness—romantic and not. To submit an article, please send 1000-1500 words to,, or Content warning: This article contains mentions of multiple suicides. Yolanda […]

“Westworld” Returns With a Renewed Focus

April 26, 2018, by Henry Spiro, Arts and Culture Editor . Leave a Comment

In its first season, “Westworld” was one of TV’s most promising and frustrating shows. The show is loosely based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name, in which robots in a wild-west themed amusement park begin violently attacking and murdering the human guests for no apparent reason. The TV show dramatically expanded […]

Eileen Myles Discusses Their Poetry, Life, Politics

April 26, 2018, by Viviane Eng, Arts and Culture Editor . Leave a Comment

When Eileen Myles reads, they sound as if they are speaking. Full of natural pauses, asides, and tangents, their poetry read aloud is akin to being led through a forest while blindfolded. We’re introduced to Myles’ dog Walter, the sights outside their car window, as well as frustrating lovers. We envision a world where they […]

Author André Aciman Reads at the Memorial Chapel

April 26, 2018, by Hannah Reale, Features Editor. Leave a Comment

“I hate plot,” said celebrated author André Aciman. Aciman spoke to an eclectic mix of attendees in the crowded Memorial Chapel on the evening of Wednesday, April 26. His writing is marked by a distinctively minimal use of plot progression; instead, he explores his characters’ psychologies through slow interaction and routine. The 2018 Annie Sonnenclick […]

Starnone and Lahiri Put Dialectical Nuances in Conversation

April 23, 2018, by Hannah Reale, Tara Joy, Features Editor and Assistant Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

Crowds gathered in Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore on Monday night to hear Domenico Starnone read from and discuss his latest novel, “Trick.” Starnone, an Italian writer from Naples who has worked as a novelist, screenwriter, and journalist, was joined by Jhumpa Lahiri. Lahiri, known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning short story collection, “Interpreter of Maladies,” translated Starnone’s […]

YouTube Read: Why We Should Cover the Platform

April 23, 2018, by Connor Aberle, Arts and Culture Editor . Leave a Comment

Waves crash on the beach. A guitar is plucked with urgency in the background. Cut to Luis Fonzi smiling at the camera, and before you know it you’re bouncing to “Despacito.” I rarely take the time to consider the artistry behind music videos, but the visuals featured in “Despacito” are hard to forget, considering the song is […]

“Killing Eve” is a Stylish Spy Romp

April 23, 2018, by Meg Cummings, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

A young woman sits in a Viennese ice cream shop, staring straight at a little girl. She tries to smile at the girl, but her mouth only twitches spastically. The girl is unimpressed. She looks instead at the man behind the counter, who smiles widely at her. The woman tries to imitate his smile, experimenting […]

Cinefiles 4/25–4/28

April 23, 2018, by Beatrix Herriott O'Gorman and Julia Levine, Film Board. Leave a Comment

Okay, NOW it actually feels like we’re moving into spring, with the warmer weather and the onslaught of uncomfortable and inconvenient seasonal allergies. Let’s hope that you can catch some of this week’s superb film screenings between sunbathing and sneezes! We’re a little cramped for time this week because of adjustment period frenzy and final […]

Julius Caesar Revamps Old Traditions

April 19, 2018, by Mae Davies, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

“Literally, Shakespeare’s so gay,” said Leila Kashani-Sabet ’21 after “Julius Caesar” opened last Thursday night in the ’92 Theater. This past summer, Kashani-Sabet saw a production of “Julius Caesar” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in which all the roles, save two, were male. She was disturbed by the fact that she simply could not see herself represented […]

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