What’s Different About The Shape of Water?

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When was the last time a mute character was the main character in a movie or T.V. series? When was the last time a female mute character was the main character? Almost never, until now. The Shape of Water, directed by Guillermo del Toro, has a mute female lead role, Eliza, played by Sally Hawkins. She also has a best friend, Zelda, who is played by Octavia Spencer. Zelda also often plays the role of…

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Wabi-Sabi: How Perfectionists are Ruining Art

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This semester, I’m taking English 355, “Small Press Publishing,” with Professor Jo Van Arkel. I’ve been looking forward to this class since I saw it in the Drury course catalogue as a freshman. The nerd in me is loving every second of this class, and I’ve found that what we’re learning in there is also relevant to a larger conversation about perfection and process. The class is as much about navigating the waters of publishing…

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“Witch Hunts”: Now and Then, Myths and Realities

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“Witch hunt” is a phrase that has been thrown around in social media a lot recently, from Donald Trump’s tweets to people boycotting and harassing people who wore PacSun clothing in an attempt to destroy the business over a shirt. The use of the phrase, “witch hunt,” implies mass hysteria or paranoia around something arbitrary or nonexistent. Unfortunately, “witch hunts” have been going on for centuries, and there are a lot of false assumptions made about…

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Running Backward: A Critique of “Unbroken.”

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After my first year in college, I am displeased to announce that I have been wrong about a lot of things. In fact, I owe quite a few apologies. I, like many humans, am subject to viewing the world through my bias. For years, I have worked as an advocate within LGBTQ+ organizations. I strive to practice tolerance and acceptance of others in all that I do. If my first year in college taught me…

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