Maxwell
Barnes
circa 2017
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 7:28pm
NOSELL

Thirteen years ago, the first episode of “Mad Men” aired on AMC. The show’s television success was something of a marvel given its noticeably slow-paced, character-driven story. The legacy of the show’s accurate historical aura has only increased year by year as audiences reflect on Don Draper’s (Jon Hamm) existential searching. Re-watching the seven-season long masterpiece in 2020 makes us question the proportions by which 1960s WASP culture dramatically reshaped notions of capital-driven success and the American Dream.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 7:51pm
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“What’s your greatest fear?” It’s the big question that’s asked intermittently between performance segments of “John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch, which was released on Netflix this past Christmas Eve. For some, the question is simple. 11-year-old Oriah says it’s needles and pigeons. For 10-year-old Alex, it’s not taking enough risks. Others, like Broadway legend André De Shields, 73, have no fears. “I believe fear, like any prejudice or bias or predisposition, is taught, and therefore learned”.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 2:47pm
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“Where are you from?” is a hard question for me to answer. 

“Do you mean, where do I live right now?” is usually my most common rebuttal. I don’t mean to be difficult, I just want to provide an honest response. For me, it’s tricky to stick to a consistent story, and I try not to get too bogged down in the details. Before I turned 18, I had already lived in 12 different houses and attended eight different grade schools. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 2:48pm
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Have you ever hated someone? If so, did you feel it consume or distract you? Did it eat away at your thoughts in the hours before falling asleep or as you daydreamed in class? Did you avoid going to certain places or partaking in certain activities because you knew that person would be present? 

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 5:25pm
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As I sat on a boulder in the middle of the Saluda River in North Carolina, I raised a can of Twisted Tea to my lips. I had never tried one before, and the taste was sweet and lemony — easily mistakable for a non-alcoholic beverage. “That’s dangerous,” I said to my friends, noting its satisfying intake that could have easily led me to drink five more. 

Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 10:08pm
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As someone who spent a significant portion of his junior year of high school as an exchange student in South Africa, my fascination with the country always rested upon the culminating forces which make South Africa such a beautifully globalist society. 

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 4:49pm
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“Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!” John Oliver exclaims with his signature opener as he introduces his newest season as host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.” Over the past seven years, the late-night comedy program has become known for its savvy political satire, cementing itself as a staple of late-night comedy.