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Lit Review: “The Great American Dirtbags”

Martina Pansze, A&E Editor

February 4, 2016


Filed under A&E, Reviews

In “The Dirtbag Manifesto,” Mehall tells the story of how he came to be a “born-again dirtbag.”

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Book Review: “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel shatters clichés

Martina Pansze, A&E Editor

November 10, 2015


Filed under A&E, Pio Picks, Reviews

Full of dark suspense and masterfully-executed plot twists, “Station Eleven” leaves the reader disturbed without delving into the gory minutia transpiring at the beginning of civilization’s collapse.

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Happy Ending for ‘Ender’s Game’

Happy Ending for ‘Ender’s Game’

Nathan Fisher

November 7, 2013


Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

When it comes to movies, I pride myself on being on top of what's new and what's coming out soon. This week, however, I lost track of the Hollywood hype regarding the release of the movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card's classic young adult book from the 1980s, "Ender's Game." Naively, I went to see the movie an...

E-Books Versus Print Books

E-Books Versus Print Books

Kaili Masamoto

November 29, 2012


Filed under FEATURE, Feature Highlight

Junior Nick Budak began his personal e-book journey only about a month ago, yet he is already a convert––for him, there is no turning back to the days of ordinary print books. A friend lent him an Amazon Kindle while Budak was studying abroad in Beijing, and he plans to purchase his own very soon....

Lazy writing leads to forgettable ‘Words’

Lazy writing leads to forgettable ‘Words’

Nathan Fisher

September 13, 2012


Filed under A&E, Reviews

After a long week with, go figure, lots of homework, I welcomed the escape to my "job" at the movies. Like last week, none of the options grabbed me, so I succumbed to seeing "The Words," a story-within-a-story, within another story or two. Unfortunately, all the stories sucked. "The Words" opens with Clay Hammond (Dennis Quaid) reading his new book to an adoring audienc...

The Making of a Movie . . . ?

The Making of a Movie . . . ?

Dana Thompson

August 8, 2012


Filed under I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category

Before we begin the usual shenanigans, let's make one thing clear: I highly recommend you watch the movie BEFORE reading this book. That's right. You heard me. I won't say it again. Before you start throwing anything heavy at me (Wait! No! It's not really me! It's your computer! Stop! Don't throw...

“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Dana Thompson

June 6, 2012


Filed under I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category

When a book is warmly recommended to you by three or more of your friends, you would be unwise to not read it. Unwise or spiteful. I say spiteful because I am a member of the Don't Read It If It's On The New York Times Bestseller List Club and I completely understand being a book hipster. It's okay. Like financial success and ma...

“Garden Spells” by Sarah Addison Allen

“Garden Spells” by Sarah Addison Allen

Dana Thompson

June 1, 2012


Filed under I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category

Anticipating a weeklong period of loafing upon my return home from Whitman, I decided to pick up a low-commitment read at my local (seventy miles is local, right?) bookstore. Nothing too intellectually or emotionally demanding. And I got it. "Garden Spells" by Sarah Addison Allen (first red f...

‘Hunger Games’ brings deadly dystopian struggle to big screen

‘Hunger Games’ brings deadly dystopian struggle to big screen

Nathan Fisher

April 5, 2012


Filed under A&E, A&E Highlight, Reviews

I am proud to report that I actually read a non-required book this week––"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. Okay, okay, it's an easy fun read, 374 pages with big print, with words of fewer than eight letters. The film version is a surprisingly good adaptation of the book, making me pleased...

Spotlight: Book Arts push artistic boundaries

Spotlight: Book Arts push artistic boundaries

Kate Robinette

February 3, 2011


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

Aside from the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, there aren't many galleries that allow you to reach out and touch the art. But in Whitman's book arts classes, students push that norm. "Book arts are a haptic experience … you are encouraged to touch them," said Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Mare Blocker. "It's kind of this weird litt...

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