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The Acceptance of Our Greatest Fear

Editor’s Content Warning: This article deals with issues related to suicide.     Author’s Note: For this assignment, I self-identified as a person who deals with depression. Through extensive research, I was able to abstract material from the things I discovered during this process. This formed the basis of this article, and allowed me to
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Sharing Punk Spirits with No Limits

unk music emerges largely from the social conflicts and derives its spirit to defend freedom against social norms. Hailed as “The Godmother of Punk,” Patti Smith has disrupted the stereotypes of women’s gender roles through music with her countercultural innovations including the application of poetry. Patti Smith and later punk generations have not only influenced
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Does Yelp Really Help?

hen the price of rent rises in a neighborhood, residents come and go, but does culture stay? Gentrification is the process of rebuilding an urban neighborhood which results in the displacement of lower income residents who can no longer live in the area due to the increase in rent. Low income areas have been revamped
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Addressing the “Problem”

Introduction: Contemporary Female Gender Roles efore the 1960s, there was a notable inequality between the status of men and women in society. The first significant public attempt for the support of female rights took place during the 1848 Women’s Rights convention at Seneca Falls in New York. From then on, multiple efforts were allocated to the
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Gunslingin’ Yella Belly Racist

ll genres of film have clichés. Sometimes, this makes the plot predictable and boring. Other times, it gives the director a chance to be satirical and poke fun at how much some films have in common. It is a directorial accomplishment to utilize or play off of these clichés in a way that makes an
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Why Your Festival Style Might Be Offensive

The Truth About Cultural Appropriation at Music Festivals

usic festivals are one of the staples of youth culture in America. Weekends filled with all types of music, friends, various drugs, lots of alcohol and perfect Instagram pictures are a very common activity of American youth today. Festivals are also a breeding ground for new fashion trends. But unfortunately, the pressure to look as
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When Home No Longer Feels Like Home

"Go Set a Watchman" Examines Why Racism Exists

is unmistakably Harper Lee’s voice.To be sure, the providence of Go Set a Watchman is in question, and the work should be considered not as the book Harper Lee would have written and released today, but should instead be thought of as a curious time capsule of the United States in the 1950s. In many ways, Go
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Why Writing For Ourselves Is Important, Now More Than Ever

or all the flack millennials have put up with over the last few years there’s been little talk of the similarities we share with our intellectual ancestors. The texting, Snapchats, Facebooks, and Instagrams come across as contrived and shallow, but in reality they’re evidence of a deeper bond with ancient methods of socializing: we’re damn
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College: Modern Bohemia

What does Bohemianism mean? How do we live and celebrate art today? In this documentary, college students in the United States and Europe share their opinions and thoughts about this topic. Beyond the mere interpretation of the word “Bohemianism”, this project aims to inspire you to devote some time to the pursuit of art, beauty, and
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If Banksy were a Woman

as a woman in late 18th-20th century Europe, who similar to the contemporary street artist Banksy, wanted to express the many repressions women faced. Learning about the lack of opportunity for women to express their opinions and issues during this time, I wondered if there had been a street artist to depict these obstacles perhaps
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Dark Komedy: Polish Identity & Art

I can’t be any other way. James Baldwin said, “I can’t be a pessimist because pessimism implies humanity is an academic value”, and my art harkens to that. Both my parents—being immigrants—traded their desires for my own. Despite days of poverty and inevitable moments of regret, they persevered. My father would undyingly remind me that
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O.S.T.R. And Hip Hop’s Pit Stop in Poland

ip Hop’s culture has been adopted globally. Without strict regulations in terms of tradition or initiation, the genre’s culture has passed borders with ease. Born out of a need to give voice to those silenced by society, it has fostered an inherent acceptance to likeminded people. It’s this quality that’s allowed for the participation of other
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Cultural Tensions in Italy

n a warm spring evening a few years back, I was eating dinner with my Italian host family on our picturesque terrace that looked out on the Vesuvian cost, and my host-mother dropped her fork on top of her linguine. She looked straight at me and said, “You haven’t seen the movie Benvenuti al Sud!”.
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COLLEGE LIFE: The modern Bohème

phraim Mizruchi’s  “Bohemia as a Means of Social Regulation” describes how Bohemianism, or better, this way of living, has spread from France, throughout Europe, and eventually to the United States during the last 170 years. While Oxford Dictionary defines Bohemianism as “A person who has informal and unconventional social habits, especially an artist or writer”,
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The Dubliners Project

irst published in 1914, James Joyce’s text is re-published here using the Project Gutenberg edition. Chapter introductions were written by students at Fordham University. Most images from Dublin City Libraries and Archive. The Sisters The Encounter Araby Eveline After the Race Two Gallants The Boarding House A Little Cloud Counterparts Clay A Painful Case Ivy Day in
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A Bohemian Oddisee

Oddisee connects Flâneurism with Hip Hop

urning on an Oddisee record is much like stepping out into the street. My first taste of Oddisee’s music came in the form of “Own Appeal”: a sugary guitar loop held up by subtle drums and echoes of CRU vocals. As the beat began to dig inside my head, Amir Mohammed (Oddisee) stepped out his
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Frans Masereel’s “The City” (1925)

A Look at Interwar European Cities

rans Masereel (1889-1972) was a Flemish artist who was known as being one of the progenitors of the graphic novel. Masereel’s wordless novels give a glimpse into class struggles in European urban centres. Factory scenes, large towering machinery, hunger, and poverty feature prominently in these panels. The artist also keenly observes the treatment of women
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From MCs To Rudeboys

very street has a sound, and 163rd in the Bronx is no exception. Gyrating amps were hooked around streetlights. No-name DJs let their hands speak as they scratched funk and jazz vinyls. The Ghetto Brothers, a Puerto Rican gang that prioritized music and social change over violence, were responsible for cultivating this block party atmosphere.
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The World’s at War with Tyrants – Shall We Crouch?

rtists, in their times, have played significant roles in political revolutions the whole world over, whether it be John Milton defending dissidents in the First English Civil War in the 1640s or living artists such as Ai Weiwei calling for extensive political reform in modern China. What about art and artistic life intersects with politics
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“I Felt Pleasantly Empty”: Outsider Literature

f one subscribes to the definition of bohemians as those rejected for one reason or another by society, there is certainly no shortage of fiction concerning ultimate bohemians: those so deranged or different that they experience total alienation from society. For these people, there is no hope of joining even a community of bohemians, let
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The Privilege of The Upright Citizens Brigade

 group called “Whale Thief” recently produced a film called Consti2tion, where protagonist Jamie must rewrite the expired Constitution because she lives in Thomas Jefferson’s old apartment.  The most noteworthy part of the film is the amount of time it took to make from conception to premiere – twenty four hours. Using their network of actors,
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A Childish Recap

n Tuesday, December 16, members of the Painting Bohemia community hosted an event at Fordham University for students to come experience the works of Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino. After a presentation by Liam Paris and Molly Boyd, students listened to album, read the screenplay, and watched videos associated with Gambino’s project, Because the Internet. For
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Tobacco Use in New York City

Though the dangers and health effects of tobacco consumption are widely known, this does not stop New Yorkers from partaking in the habit. Under the Smoke-Free Act of 2002, Mayor Bloomberg adopted strict smoking laws in New York that banned smoking in public venues such as parks, beaches, and restaurants. The Smoke-Free Act also implemented
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Vivian Maier: Introvert, Nanny, and Street Photographer

treet photography is a relatively new art form, but one that has been rapidly growing in popularity over the last century. Advances in camera technology have made street photography an increasingly accessible form of art, and the growing diversity of the artists has lead to greater diversity in the art itself. During the first 60
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“And They Saying its Because of the Internet”:

Childish Gambino and What Artists Need to Survive in 2014

.T Barnum said it over half a century ago, but in regards to the over saturation of the entertainment business today (tons of actors, directors, rappers shoving mix-tapes into people’s pockets) These words have never been more important than they are right now. the most effective way for an artist to increase their longevity is
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Vomit Comet / Demos

For Susan, Demo EP

Flillabluster Baba Vanish Milk Isis Bucket Challenge ove can be a terrible curse, and I did love her. For the better part of two years, I was part of what I can only describe as a toxic relationship. I spent nearly every cent I made on her, spent all of my time with her. Whenever
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Urban Outfitters and Titus Andronicus: Authenticity in the Age of Aestheticism

he “bohemian” has been divided into aesthetic and ideology.  My generation—individuals born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s—has been named generation Y, millennials, generation “me,” or more recently, generation self(ie).  Whatever you call us, we’re categorized as highly individualistic to a point of fault.  Whether or not I find these descriptions consistent with
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Urban Outfitting: Streetwear’s Runway Appearance

ome of the most beloved 90s trends have made a loud reemergence into high fashion. Many of the industry’s top brands have incorporated metallic, sheer, chokers, overalls, sneakers, baggier jeans and cinched pants into their lines. The past few seasons reintroduction of 90s motifs has paralleled an appropriation of urban, hip-hop fashion as well. Brands
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37 Years: Poet, Vagrant, Soldier, Thief, Trader, Runaway

riginally from Charleville, France, Jean-Nicolas-Arthur Rimbaud was born in 1854 to mother Marie-Catherine-Vitalie Cuif and father Frédéric Rimbaud, an army officer of bourgeois standing. Rimbaud’s rebellious, vagabond lifestyle fueled by absinthe and hashish has excited generations of writers. Described by Victor Hugo as “an infant Shakespeare,” Rimbaud’s following has been enraptured by his scandalous behavior,
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The Discriminatory Side of Saturday Morning Cartoons

ost people have heard of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Elmer Fudd. At the least, the classic line “That’s All Folks!”, said by Porky Pig, will bring back memories of watching Saturday morning cartoons. Despite the widespread international recognition of Looney Tunes, the name Charles Martin Jones, or Chuck Jones, is one that is lesser
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Woo Hoo Bonnaroo

onnaroo is a four day long music festival help in Manchester, Tennessee. This event has one of the most diverse array of performers, including musicians from the genres of Indie, Hip Hop, gospel, rock, country, reggae and electronica all in one location. Most music festivals typically have artists from only a few similar branches of
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Going MIA

Philadelphia's Made in America Music Festival

s a local resident of the Philadelphia suburbs, it is fairly strange that I had never attended the annual Made in America Concert before. The two day concert held every labor day weekend is Philadelphia’s only claim to music festival fame, and most residents of the tristate area can proudly count themselves amongst the thousands
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The Rise of Music Festivals

oodstock, the quintessential music festival experience, epitomizes the an alternative concert going experience. The first of its kind, the monumental event took place over a span of three days in August of 1969. It headlined dozens of iconic musicians of the hippie generation, including Janis Joplin, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Santana, and the legendary
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Looking Deeply at Urban Outfitters

or many people, especially in New York City, a person’s clothing represents the authenticity of their style. A perfect outfit is the result of much searching and work. Stores who sell fast fashion, or racks of ready-made clothes cheaply made and ready for the upcoming season, threaten all of that. Culture tends to create certain
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Japanoise: Danger Music in Kansai

n late 1985, the Japanese noise rock band Hanatarash performed what would be their last show in Japan for several years. They had earned a reputation for their extreme live shows and their experimentation with a genre they had created, “danger music.” Danger music is an extension of the avant-garde noise movement, in which musicians
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Join The Misandrist Cause Today!

eminism is such a hot topic right now. From Beyonce’s most recent album released almost a year ago (that the world is still reeling from), to Lena Dunham’s show Girls making oh-so many waves, to Taylor Swift’s newfound feminist identity, everyone is well aware of the “f-word.” Swift has been especially down with feminism. Before,
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Solidarity in Protest

the Aftermath of the Darren Wilson Grand Jury Decision in New York City

n November 25th after long deliberation, the Grand Jury investigating the now infamous case of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of unarmed black resident Michael Brown, decided not to indict. Since then, numerous protests ranging from nonviolent demonstrations of civil disobedience to destruction of property have unfolded. In New York City, an unorganized protest
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Howl: A History

llen Ginsberg is a name that many people stumble across in one English class or another. My first encounter with Ginsberg was in my AP English Literature class in twelfth grade. My teacher had us read “Howl” and then discuss it in class. I had only two thoughts in my mind at the time. Naturally,
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DeafNYC: Subverting Hegemony with Slam Poetry

he construction of identity is a communal endeavor; we contribute to the identity of ourselves and those we encounter through our attitudes and historical biases.  Stuart Hall discusses identity as “an ever-unfinished conversation.”  Much of his work concerning identity relies on the construction of identity in the context of confrontation of difference.  He speaks to
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Tibet: No Voice

n recent years, China has been emerging as a major world leader through its massive population and economic growth. China’s extremely massive population has allowed it to grow economically at an alarming rate, which has put it on the fast track to becoming one of the wealthiest nations in the entire world. But this massive
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“I is an Other”: Integration in Astoria, Queens

storia, Queens has recently developed into one of the largest Egyptian immigrant communities in New York City, hence the geographical title “Little Egypt”–one of the many affectionate nicknames ascribed to the neighborhood located at the end of the N and Q subway lines. As a small non-profit headquartered in this international hub, the Center for
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Marijuana: Illegal for the Wrong Reasons

id you know that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were both marijuana farmers? Or that the Declaration of Independence was written on paper made from hemp, a fiber made of marijuana? In fact, the first American flag was woven with marijuana fibers. Before its recreational use, many people do not know that marijuana was a
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Cannabis: Forget Politics, Here’s What Science Says

ver the past decade, more and more studies have arisen arguing the positive and negative health effects of marijuana. Partially due to its recent legality, scientists have decided to study whether or not marijuana is actually less harmful of a substance than tobacco and alcohol. The degree of harm in which marijuana can have on
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Portlandia and Its People

A Look at the Creators Behind the Show, the Characters They’ve Created, and the People They Emulate

omedy duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have taken similar paths in life. From punk-rock beginnings to a comedic present; they have both managed to accomplish many noteworthy things that span different genres. Fred Armisen, born on December 4, 1966, grew up in Valley Stream, New York. His music career began in 1988 when he
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Signs for Change

A Short Series on the December 13 Protests in New York

n my time on this country, I’ve been to and seen dozen of protests, for the most varied causes. Civic engagement seems to be quite the American tradition, and people take to the streets for many, many reasons, from Wendy’s underpaying its tomato workers, to the mammoth issue of anthropogenic climate change. Often, what I’d see
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Acid and Absinthe in the Creative Process

rtists have been known to sacrifice much in pursuit of genius—money, stability, relationships, and sometimes even their lives are offered as collateral to the higher power of ingenuity. For many, the veracity of their art can be measured by how much of themselves they have exchanged for it, and how precious the cost. No longer
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War on Christmas

very year, as December inches near, I am overjoyed with excitement about the soon to be celebration of Christmas festivities. Christmas, by far, is my favorite holiday. The joy and holiday spirit that seem to fill the air along Manhattan streets and within local households lifts my mood, and makes me feel cozy and warm
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“Workers Write”: Exposing the Unseen

ike most Americans, on your way to work this morning you probably stopped at a Dunkin Donuts-like establishment to pick up a coffee.  For most, this is routine; however, have you ever wondered about the person behind the counter taking your order or making your coffee? Questioning where they come from, what types of past
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Philadelphia Murals: Street Culture or Bourgeois Invasion?

 brief drive through Philadelphia can often seem like a veritable urban art museum; it is impossible to travel far through the old brownstones and run-down neighborhoods without encountering a gigantic piece of street art. Over 3,600 murals are scattered throughout the city today. All colorful, enormous, and impressive, they add life to the area, providing
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Bohemianism, Politics, and Violence in Italian Futurism

n the popular imagination, bohemia is associated with left-leaning politics just as often as innovative artwork; between poets drinking absinthe and hippies shouting for free love, one can find countless historical examples to reinforce this view. Many of the most famous and innovative bohemians, such as American blues legend Bessie Smith, hail from marginalized groups,
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