• Arts & Culture

    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.”…

  • Arts & Culture

    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…

  • Opinions

    Apple under Cook has forgotten roots

    Steve Jobs’ death in October of 2011 was a crushing blow to computing, music, media, marketing, communication, and most saliently to style and aesthetic. Apple Computer has forever been associated with the roots of the counterculture forced into the rigidity of the tech world. The name itself conveys the “insanely great” (Steve Jobs’ favorite accolade to describe Apple) company which leads the industry today. Apple, suggesting the organic, the dirty; and computer, with sleek, jazzy, and quick, connotations which are embodied in the brand today, unite to summate the ethos of a company which is now declining. Apple maintains the reputation of a brazen technology company with an inventive spirit,…

  • Features

    The experience of the galaxy: Star Wars Battlefront II

      Running, under the whine of menacing tie fighters and through the skeletons of the Imperial fleet, shattered and scattered across the perilously barren Jakku landscape, until an AT-AT looms in the dusty distance and fires into the foreground, ending the mad sprint towards a group of gleaming white helmets. Star Wars: Battlefront II is the immersive galactic experience, near perfect.   The November 17, 2017 release date of the long awaited video game, Battlefront II, was fraught with both excitement and anxiety. The 2015 release, Star Wars Battlefront, was met with initial praise and ultimate disappointment among fans and critics. Hopes for a perfect game, a portal into the…

  • Arts & Culture

    Annals of fake news: Greece 1952

    Inauguration crowds, Pizzagate, illegal voting: these subjects can all be hailed as the cream of the fake news crop. In today’s time of questionable government statements (or tweets) and pseudo-journalism, the divide between the real and the imagined is shrinking. The boundaries of reality, or the contradicting folds of the abstract which threaten it, are defined chillingly in John Fowles’s 1965 novel “The Magus.”   The questions of truth are examined from the coarse sands of azul Aegean bays and Mediterranean pine forests, from the saltiness of the Peloponnese winds and the crystalline views of a cottage. On the Greek Island of Phraxos, a disillusioned and somewhat dislikeable English poet–Nicholas…