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    Led Zeppelin faces a lawsuit

    Famous rock band Led Zeppelin has recently been called into court over their iconic song “Stairway to Heaven.” The band has been accused of copying the intro from the song from little-known 1960s band Spirit. Spirit claimed that the string intro of “Stairway to Heaven” was lifted from their instrumental piece “Taurus”. While the two songs do indeed sound similar, the strings played are used in many songs– to the point where they’re often not considered stolen when used. However, a San Francisco appeals court has overturned a 2016 ruling that vindicated Led Zeppelin of plagiarism, mandating that the bands return to court to settle the issue. Members of Led…

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    Reporting from Moscow: Yeltsin to Yanukovych

    When General Secretary Gorbachev  announced the policy of perestroika and the floodgates of glasnost opened in March 1985, the press, and the Western press in particular, suddenly became a functioning unit of Russian civil society. This is not to say that a reporter could not report prior to liberalization, but the deep and intimate research required to understand the anguished Russian situation had been largely impossible. David Remnick, now editor of The New Yorker, arrived in Moscow as a reporter for the The Post in the late 80’s. His time there would become the subject of his Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of The Soviet Empire.”…

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    Book Review: what is East and what is West?

    In Mathias Enard’s novel “Compass” the elusive specter of the East is fully exposed. However, not in a way that would satisfy the obsessed orientalist. From the opening lines of the follow-up to Enard’s masterpiece “Zone,” “Compass” thrills the reader lyrically and incites debate over the true homogeneity of both Western demography and culture. “We are two opium smokers each in his own cloud, seeing nothing outside, alone, never understanding each other we smoke, faces agonizing in a mirror…” With this exposition, Enard exposes us to his Proust-like prose, while forcing the reader to consider: is the cultural divide between East and West a smoky, impenetrable wall, as many xenophobic…

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    75th Golden Globes

    The Golden Globes has been home to many iconic fashion moments, but this year celebrities put aside their captivating wardrobes to dominate the event by one color: black. A-list actors and actresses traveled to Beverly Hills to attend the annual ceremony which is a major part of the film industry’s awards season, but this year, it was about more than just receiving awards. The entire event was recently revealed to be funded and organized and campaigned by Time’s Up which is an organization with a new initiative to eradicate sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace. Celebrities used the 75th Golden Globes as a platform to demonstrate their protest…

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    LGBTQ Art in 2017

    In 2017 there has been a rise in appraisal for art made by the LGBTQ community. Something that was once shunned in the past has been taken into the spotlight. As a group that has received a lot of hatred and criticism their artwork vibrantly expresses frustration and hardship faced in the LGBTQ community. Here are a few accomplishments for LGBTQ artists in the year of 2017. David Hockney, an 80 year old British gay man had his art displayed at Tate Modern in Britain in 2017. Through his art he paints and portrays retrospective works showing his full and vibrant life. From paintings of naked men in swimming pools…