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Spring in DC

Posted on March 27, 2012

Every season has its merits, but spring changes people like no other time. The first substantial snow of winter is comparable to this phenomenon of weather affecting attitudes, but snow isn’t always loved by the masses whereas who doesn’t love sunshine and warm breezes and that distinct fresh spring smell? Pretty girls become even prettier, amicable people even friendlier, and you spend your time wishing that that long walk could be just a little bit longer. People these days wear smiles with their outfits, and it’s incredibly refreshing. To me, warm spring nights are perfection, simply put. Taken with a Nikon FM, 50 mm F1.4

Book Rant

Posted on September 12, 2011

How can a place call itself a bookstore when it doesn’t carry any of the publications of Bill Bryson, possibly the greatest writer of all time? How can people work in a bookstore, thereby assuming unto themselves the label of “book person” because they accepted the job after all, and not know who Bill Bryson is?? And then they couldn’t point me in the right direction for Camus, Solzhenitsyn, or Neruda. God, that sounded pretentious.

College Days

Posted on May 4, 2011

The past couple weeks have been a melange of euphoria and carelessness followed by the grim sobriety that finals season usually induces. I would consider myself lucky this time around as I was blessed with only two exams, which left me all the more free to partake in the festivities that occurred in Obama’s front yard Sunday night. It was a good day to be an American and a good day to be a student in DC. While in the crowd, I was constantly albeit happily pushed by a sea of people, a massive conglomerate of students peppered with red, white, and blue. If someone had told me years ago I would be celebrating someone’s death, I wouldn’t believe them. And after I part…

Excerpt from My Research Paper

Posted on April 25, 2011

Can you guess what I’m writing about? “Although using the egg reference violates Orwell’s condition of a lack of imagery, Chamberlain is making light of a serious proposition, one that would impact millions albeit “lesser” human beings all over the world, and he’s doing it under the guise that “[the British] have determined to wield the scepter of empire” (1632). Chamberlain seems to bear the pretense that aggressive imperialism is an exclusively British responsibility that they are pursuing not for Britain, but for the sake of the natives and for “the sentiment of kinship”. I suspect on some level that Chamberlain was preaching to the choir in his address given the frequent “laughter”, “cheers” and “expressions of agreement”, endearments that break up the text…

Spring and Monet

Posted on April 7, 2011

I’m channeling my inner artist in this photo – I’m going to be pretentious and call it Monet-esque? Maybe? DC has finally overcome its indecisiveness and committed to a season. You know its truly spring when you make extra efforts to dodge fat, gravity-defying bumblebees and run away from the bible-thumpers who have usurped the campus’ center.

“Politics and the English Language”: How Orwell Restored My Faith in My Potential

Posted on March 29, 2011

Reading George Orwell’s 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language” is like having a bucket of ice-cold water thrown in your face. Cleansed of old vitriolic habits, I feel I can now begin my academic career anew, just as a surprise showering of water rids the body of collected dirt and grime. I’ve always struggled with writing even though I love it so much. I know what kind of writer I want to be but I’ve no idea how to get there. Thoughts and ideas fly around my head like a swarm of gnats on a muggy afternoon. I never have any idea where to begin, where to end, and how to link the beginning and the end together. Often I’ll come up with…

Tumblr vs. WordPress

Posted on January 27, 2011

I used Tumblr to launch my very first blog. I’d been a huge fan of Collegehumor at the time, and all my favorite actors and comedians on the site raved about Tumblr. They even posted a video about an “intervention” – one staff member didn’t have a Tumblr, so they all met in a large room, told him they cared for him, and that it was time to sign up and join the revolution. I thought this hilarious, and after considering starting a blog of my own, the natural choice seemed to be Tumblr. It was advertised as ridiculously easy to use and most importantly, fun. I’m very new to WordPress and I must admit, at first glance, site navigation takes some getting used…