The Anti-Bostonian: All-Star Game heightens ‘Kyrie Out’ for Celtics

In a symbolic sense, how much of a difference is there between Team LeBron of the All-Star Game and Team LeBron of the Western Conference (for history’s sake, let’s call them the Lakers)? The All-Star iteration featured a hand-picked team of King James’ cronies who have earned LeBron’s admiration by either being former teammates (Kyrie […]

Somerville with Townie Tim: Not crossing the river

As your resident gentrifying townie, Tim, there’s something I consider one of the most important aspects of being a “SomerVillain”: the refusal to leave “the Ville” for any social reason. I like to call this my “Never Cross the River” rule.  Here in Somerville, there is a pride surrounding the social sustainability of our community. […]

Review Rewind: ‘Come and See’

The Movie: Come and See  The Year: 1985 The People: Aleksey Kravchenko as Flyora, the decaying childbearing witness to the evilest of evils, Elem Klimov as the film’s director and Ales Adamovich as the screenwriter, relaying the horrors he lived through in his youth. The Non-Revealing Plot: In 1943, an adolescent boy passionately joins the local […]

Weidner’s Words: Kaepernick and the NFL settle

On Friday afternoon, it was reported that the ongoing collusion case between former 49ers quarterback and prominent social activist Colin Kaepernick, his former teammate Eric Reid and the NFL had finally reached a conclusion. Kaepernick and Reid’s lawyers decided to settle with the NFL before the case entered the full hearing, according to a statement […]

Lisztomania: More than Mozart

The world became astronomically bigger in the 18th century. In preceding centuries, the Americas had begun to be colonized by the Europeans, and by the middle of the 18th century, European colonialism had made its way onto nearly every continent. This desire for grandeur in regards to extending one’s borders promoted thinking at a larger […]

Peripheries: The not-so-worldly bank

The World Bank’s mission includes the laudable aims of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared global prosperity. Yet no international institution, despite the rhetoric of being globally representative, is insulated from geopolitics. Both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were founded as part of the post-World War II Bretton Woods system, which explicitly […]

Off the Crossbar: Manchester City has the swagger of champions

Great teams can often have that aura of invincibility — the feeling that no matter what, they will come out in front. They give their fans a sense of inevitability. It’s the feeling you get when Steph Curry starts to hit a couple of 3-pointers in quick succession to light up the crowd in Oakland. […]

Ripple Effect: Rice farmers, Part 1

Democracy is not just about people. Knowing the etymology of the word, this may seem a bizarre statement. Democracy literally means “rule of people.” But democracy, in its most common form — the representative republic — is also spatial. Geography matters. And since many of the world’s richest and most powerful countries are representative democracies, […]

Out on the Town: Inman Square

As Tufts students, the Red Line is our best friend for when we want to get into the city. There are various other ways to travel to Cambridge or Boston, but they aren’t nearly as quick or reliable as our dearly beloved subway cars. However, the convenience of the Red Line comes at a cost: […]

Anti-Bostonian: Nostalgia is a good old-fashioned kid’s cartoon

Nostalgia is a powerful weapon. It can elicit memories ranging from a championship match to watching an early-2000s cartoon on a small, standard-definition television. If one were to solely define nostalgia by these two elements, then boy, were they in for a treat last Thursday evening. Warning: this metaphor will be milked for a hot […]