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Nadia Sirota, Classical Queen

The violist uses her “Meet the Composer” podcast and collaboration with indie giants to challenge classical music’s stagnant place in history. By Grace Birnstengel Photo Credit to Shore Fire Media The impression that classical music is dead and gone has been around far longer than 34-year-old New York-based Nadia Sirota, yet the violist’s lifelong mission […]

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Q&A with Rachel Khong, author of GOODBYE, VITAMIN

Khong talks dried seaweed, mice with fake memories, and learning to grow up by regressing a little first. By Joanna Demkiewicz Photo by Andria Lo Last month, amidst the sundry “beach reads” lists and roundups published by literary influencers and book reviewers alike, Khloe Kardashian chimed in. She released her favorite summer reads on her app, […]

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The Canon: Books to Read In July

Tarot 101, intangible bodies, and a beach bum turned cosmopolitan. By Elizabeth Callen, Daley Farr, Jenean Marie Gilmer, Yana Makuwa ,Celia Mattison, Annie Metcalf, Kaylen Ralph, and Jordyn Taylor Inheritance from Mother by Minae Mizumura, translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter Other Press Out: 5/2/2017 In Minae Mizumura’s self-aware novel, Mitsuki’s mother, Noriko, […]

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The Nordic Theory of Everything: A Q&A with Anu Partanen

The Nordic Theory of Everything demonstrates how Nordic social policies benefit all while remaining true to the American dream. By Ann Mayhew Illustration by Grace Molteni Headshot Photographed by Kristiina Wilson Recently, as Americans become increasingly unhappy with the status quo (no matter their political leanings), they have been looking outward to other countries for inspiration on how to […]

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The Gendered Politics of Periods

From tackling product transparency to the Tampon Tax, feminine hygiene companies are revolutionizing their industry by creating menstrual products with a social cause. by Gabby Granada Illustration by Grace Molteni “YOUR VAGINA MATTERS” reads in large, bolded font across Sustain Natural’s web page as part of their campaign to launch the female hygiene company’s all natural period line. […]

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CRWN Magazine Wants Black Women To See Their Humanity

“We’re talking about hair…but we want to push the conversation a little deeper.” By Jade O.Earle Illustration by Grace Molteni Lindsey Day, founder of CRWN Magazine, wants everyday Black women to see themselves. At a time when news can be fake and Black bodies are seen by some as not valuable enough for existing, CRWN […]

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The Unfiltered Reality Behind Self-Deprecating Finstas

How the “Finsta” (fake Instagram) trend is normalizing serious social and mental health issues through the guise of self-deprecating humor. by Gabby Granada Illustration by Grace Molteni Millennials and the Generation Z cohort trailing just behind them are the indisputable kings and queens of internet comedy right now. We cackle boldly (more like a nervous […]

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Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop the Women of the Wall

Women of the Wall prays monthly to protest religious restrictions on women at the Western Wall. By Claire Butwinick On her first trip to Israel in May, Casey Robinson, a freshman at the University of Minnesota, visited the sacred Western Wall in Jerusalem expecting to be moved by the connection to her Jewish heritage. Yet […]

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Balancing the Books with Emma Straub

In founding her own bookstore, Books Are Magic, Author Emma Straub fights for local booksellers By Emma Gordon When the owners of BookCourt, Emma Straub’s neighborhood bookstore in Brooklyn, announced they were closing shop, she and her husband were devastated. Straub, whose New York Times bestselling novel Modern Lovers comes out in paperback this month, […]

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The Canon: Books to Read in June

Memoirs of food and fashion, Syrian voices, and literary erotica. by Emily Bergslien, Ann Mayhew, Kaylen Ralph, and Sarah Waller I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On by Khadijah Queen YesYes Books Out: 3/15/2017 I’m So Fine: A list of Famous Men & What I Had On is a […]

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