Fortress of Solitude

It's 10:30 A.M., and I'm sitting in my hometown's best local coffeehouse. The sounds of coffee being ground, brewed, and poured fill my ears, and delicious scents of pastries and breakfast burritos fill the room. The walls and ceiling are done almost entirely in wood paneling (none of it matching), and the lamps and chairs … Continue reading Fortress of Solitude

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College Acapella

For the past two years, I've been a bass singer and beatboxer with my university's acapella group. Being in such a group, the main question I get asked is: "Is it like Pitch Perfect?" Sometimes I tell people "yes, it is." But that's just a simple answer. In reality, it's quite different. If you've ever … Continue reading College Acapella

Musings on “Everything That Remains”

"Our identities are shaped by the costumes we wear. I am seated in a cramped conference room, surrounded by ghosts in shirtsleeves and pleated trousers." Those are the opening lines to "Everything That Remains," a memoir-esque work written by Joshua Fields Millburn (with "interruptions" by Ryan Nicodemus). Within the first couple of pages you can … Continue reading Musings on “Everything That Remains”

Overused Words and How To Reclaim Them

Have you ever read the book The Giver? Whether you have or not, you've probably heard someone, somewhere use the phrase "precision of language." According to an analysis of the book by Shmoop, "the entire purpose of 'precision of language' should be to avoid conflict and problems, misunderstanding, and even potential violence." Personally, I prefer … Continue reading Overused Words and How To Reclaim Them