Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 5:50pm

In my mind, Valentine’s Day is simply the precursor to sales on chocolate and pretty pink foil-covered things, both of which I have a soft spot for. At least they have been for the past 21 years of my life ― I have never been in a long-term relationship until now, never considered the prospect of romance as a part of the equation when it came to February plans. No, February 14th was simply a week and two days before my mom’s birthday, a month and three until my own birthday on St. Patrick’s day.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 1:42pm

“Once upon a time, not long ago, I was a hoe,” sang rapper/singer/Internet meme Mariahlynn through our phone speaker, my two best friends and I singing along as we hurtled across Europe in a rickety passenger train. This was not the first time any of us had mimicked her risque lyrics in public. By the end of our trip to Vienna last year, we had memorized the entirety of “Once Upon a Time” and several other incredibly explicit songs.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 6:03pm

In his often-repeated quote from 1978’s “History of Sexuality,” theorist Michel Foucault professed that “Western man has become a confessing animal.” These words pop up in every undergrad seminar on critical theory, every class on memoir and in my own experience, are referenced so often that I often roll my eyes as soon as they exit someone’s mouth. Just as academics love to talk about Foucault’s idea of the panopticon, they similarly clamp onto this idea of the “confessing animal,” to an almost comical level. 

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 12:30am

If an opera is a feature-length movie, Andy Shauf’s concept albums are short films, expertly crystallized images of one night, one character, one lost love or the beginnings of another. Neon Skyline, the follow-up album to 2016’s The Party, displays Shauf’s skill for creating these carefully crafted vignettes of characters and their backstories within just 11 songs. The songwriter has refined his storytelling abilities throughout his entire career, and this record is the very obvious fruit of that effort.

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 4:51pm

Her music is the first techno-house hybrid that seems truly approachable to the layperson in our times, disregarding the proven commercial success of something like EDM or dubstep in lieu of her own unique musical sensibilities. It’s Gou’s individualism, interestingly enough, that makes the DJ’s mixes so integrated into her listener’s lives ― we can all see ourselves in her music, our heartbeats replicated by the BPM in her most popular songs, our footsteps slowly meshing with the pulsing bass as we walk along the street.

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 3:16pm

The musician has a keen eye for detail and orchestration ― just when she brings up an anecdote that seems out of place, it suddenly begins to make sense in the larger framework of her life — the last chapter of the book is all about thumbs in her life, just because she wanted to end on a funny note.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 4:16pm

In the house where I spent my first ten years, there was a big stove and oven contraption set into the wall of the kitchen. The behemoth was surrounded by terracotta tiles, Tuscan floral reliefs that only the seventies could produce. It was a suburban fantasy that any housewife would cry before. The stove, in its cave of orange sunflowers, had little red lights near the knobs of each of the burners to tell when they were hot, as most stoves do. My first experience of being burned came as a result of this.

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 2:01pm
Clara Scott

There’s something really magical about being a different person for a day. Whether it’s just you but fancier or a complete disguise, dressing up in any way is generally a hoot, no matter the time of the year. Of course, with Halloween this week, I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot. What should I dress up as? What incredible costume could I take pictures of and post on Instagram, proving my loyalty to the holiday beyond simple recognition?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 3:50pm
Lindsey Leyland of The Getup Vintage, posing among her wares

There’s nothing quite like Halloween on a college campus. In most people’s minds, Halloween is one day, Oct. 31, where all the ghouls and black cats come out to play. But in a college town, the spirit of the season goes on for weeks, if not all year round. There’s a reason we all refer to the general timeline between Oct. 15 and Nov. 5 as “Halloweek.” This is especially true of the costume culture in Ann Arbor, which serves as a healthy reminder of both the brilliance and the stupidity of everyone in their early twenties.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 9:46pm

The night was a perfect example of what can happen when friendship and genius come together, creating a partnership in which innovation can flourish.