Christmas 2018 in Taos, New Mexico

One of the great things about living in the States again is that we can slowly begin exploring the states we haven't been to yet. America is as large as it is diverse, and my friends tell me that regional stereotypes do hold some truth in them yet. Anyway, during this vacation, I did not … Continue reading Christmas 2018 in Taos, New Mexico

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Is Classical Music Dead?

Scroll through the average teenager’s playlist and you find Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, and the like. But there is usually a stark absence of, well, dead white males. While Bach’s Toccata in Fugue is immediately associated with Dracula in pop culture, and everyone recognizes the opening four-note motif from Beethoven’s fifth, the … Continue reading Is Classical Music Dead?

What It’s Like Being A Hipster (sometimes)

If I say that I'm a hipster, that means I'm not a hipster, right? Okay, so I'm not really a hipster, but sometimes I can point to a cultural phenomenon and say, I was into that before it got cool. Without further ado, here's a list of the things in life I innocently enjoyed before … Continue reading What It’s Like Being A Hipster (sometimes)

One Perfect Week in Greece: Athens, Santorini, Crete

Before we start conjoining our first week of our two-week Greece and Italy trip, allow me to have a brief fangirl moment celebrating my 51st post: Alexander joins forces with James Madison and John Jay to write a series of essays defending the new United States Constitution, entitled The Federalist Papers. The plan was to write … Continue reading One Perfect Week in Greece: Athens, Santorini, Crete

Fangirl Apologetics (♂♀) – Open Letter

Dear All,

The term "fangirl" gets a bad rap because it conjures up images of cooing hordes of women too old for their obsession. Teenagers hanging up posters of Justin Bieber and One Direction in their bedrooms. Wannabes writing less-than-stellar fan fictions. Immaturity. Hysterics. Dreaminess and idealism.

As with all stereotypes, there is some truth in that. But like the others, there can be so much more.

If you know me, you will know that I am a huge nerd about many things. From Harry Potter, Star Wars, and DC/Marvel superheroes, to string quartets, Shakespeare, Johnny Depp, and musical theatre, I've had many "phases", but I never look upon them as that way, not even in retrospect.

So in short, here's my statement defending the legitimacy of all the fandoms that I belong in.

The Importance of Culture

It has always been in human nature to desire to know where we come from and our place in the universe. Culture, though less profound than explaining the big bang or evolution, provides at least a concrete acknowledgement of our place among other societies and a sure identity for a people distinct to that of … Continue reading The Importance of Culture