Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:11pm
This is America

For a title as open-ended as “This is America,” one would assume Childish Gambino’s latest single would poignantly capture the racial tensions of the nation, using the Black experience as a vessel for artistic expression. For a listener completely unaware of the clandestinely corny wunderkind that is Donald Glover, they would perceive him to be a yet another (admittedly more melodic) tough-guy rapper singing self praises while lyrically waving the barrel of an AK in their faces.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 6:05pm

Straight from the title, “Lion Cross Point” places high literary stock in animals. Birds, mammals and sea creatures populate its pages, enclosed by prose in this paper zoo. Monkeys stumble around backyards and graveyards, dolphins escape to the open ocean and an octopus is colorfully gutted and boiled. In up-and-coming Japanese author Masatsugu Ono’s latest, the featured animals are more prevalent and intricate than most human characters.

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 4:06pm

Despite being employed by a newspaper for which I write about “the arts” on a regular basis, my artistic tastes are quite underdeveloped. Sure, I know my way around a museum and I’m well versed in hip hop — my rolodex of knowledge covers Frank Ocean and Frank Lloyd Wright to Frida Kahlo and Skee-Lo (for whom I will eternally sing the praises of his vastly underappreciated 1995 debut I Wish). Once I spin through the A-Zs of music and visual arts, there are very few index cards remaining for other forms of media.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:07pm
M Den

The M Den is an inadvertent representation of the American Dream, like if Jackson Pollock tackled the subject using only maize and blue paint. Anyone who’s had the slightest ounce of connection to the University is welcome to freely shop here (even for dogs).

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:06pm
Arcade Barber

I am surprised I have made it this far in life with the laughable lack of common sense and street smarts I display at times. (It recently came to me the other day that deodorant is aptly named because it gets rid of odor and is not some jumble of letters someone randomly put together). Haircuts are quite nerve-wracking experiences for this reason, and the first time I sought the services of Arcade Barbers, I messed up.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:04pm
Jerusalem Garden

No matter the weather, the shine of the sky or any other environmental variable, there is one constant in my Ann Arbor life. Whenever I saunter towards Jerusalem Garden and gaze upon the symmetrical stained glass “JG” sign, I can’t help but think they look like giraffes from afar. I am apparently the only one who holds this opinion, as my friends poke fun at my pareidolia everytime we descend upon 314 E. Liberty St.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:01pm

The main attraction of Tomukun, Ann Arbor’s most versatile and en vogue Korean eatery, is intimidating. While one half functions as noodle bar, serving up phở, udon and a miscellany of Asian slurpy staples, the other beckons you with flame, calling your name from beyond its willowy windows. Oh yes, I’m talking BBQ; however this time, the fate of the meal lies in your hands.

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 5:05pm
Kali Uchis

The title of the album does not refer to absolute solitude — instead, it embodies loneliness in the face of others.