• Family Room
  • Let’s Raise the Cost of Sex


    As someone who tends to people-watch, I sometimes unintentionally eavesdrop. I sometimes overhear conversations that are private about serious life situations. One such conversation I overheard recently was about a woman’s sister who was living with her boyfriend in a nice house that they co-owned. The sister has been wanting to marry for a while, […]

  • The Piano Room
  • From Shakespeare to Cinderella: Feminine Virtue in the Films of Kenneth Branagh


    I recently had the great pleasure of watching Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy, As You Like It. In the film, the lively heroine Rosamund wanders through the glowing, magical Forest of Arden after being banished by her evil uncle who has usurped the dukedom from her father. She wanders about disguised as a man—for […]

  • The Study
  • The Unpopularity of Free Thought


      The same, repetitive conversation never fails to pervade the liberal arts major’s life, souring everything from the pastoral haze of the weekly farmer’s market to the occasional sophistication of cocktail parties.  While different characters populate this conversation, their lines are nearly identical.  Even their brows are furrowed in the same befuddled — yet often […]

  • Potpourri
  • Falling in Love with Silence Again


    I never expected to be afraid of silence. As a full-fledged introvert, I never had much problem being by myself for extended periods of time or embracing stillness and quiet. Until recently, that is. After moving to a new city, going through a breakup, and beginning the painful and stressful process of navigating the maze of […]