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‘It Chapter Two’ isn’t scary — and that’s not a bad thing

(09/13/19 4:01am)

Twenty-seven years after the terrifying events of “It” (2017), the Losers Club returns to Derry for a final showdown with Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) in the recently-released “It Chapter Two.” The film features incredible performances, a phenomenal character driven story and stunning set pieces and special effects — but it’s just not that scary. 






Former diplomat Farah Pandith on how to combat extremism

(09/13/19 5:00am)

Foreign policy strategist Farah Pandith is a former diplomat and expert on countering violent extremism. In March 2019, she published a book on the topic entitled “How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat.” Prior to her talk on Wednesday, the 18th memorial of 9/11, Pandith sat down with The Chronicle to discuss the history of terrorism and extremism in the United States and what action should be taken now. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 




Artist Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba talks desire and economics at Ruby Friday event

(09/13/19 4:05am)

When I strolled into the Ruby Lounge on a hot Friday morning, artist Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba was perched on a couch in the back of the room, staring pensively at his computer screen. He looked young and lively, with unruly brown hair and a smile that never quite left his face.



‘Euphoria’’s controversial One Direction scene teaches a lesson on ‘real person fan fiction’

(09/15/19 4:01am)

In episode three of the popular and increasingly controversial HBO series “Euphoria,” there is a sex scene. The show  — which depicts the complicated, traumatizing lives and relationships of modern high school students — contains multiple instances of graphic intercourse, but this particular scene garnered intense backlash despite being an animated, ostensibly PG depiction of sex between two adults. What rattled audiences was not the erotic content: it was the fact that the two participants were Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson of the once-famous band One Direction.





Growing up is complicated on Frankie Cosmos’ ‘Close It Quietly’

(09/12/19 4:02am)

A quick scan of Greta Kline’s album-packed Bandcamp page reveals something curious: she can’t seem to settle on a name. Over the course of a few years and a few dozen albums, she goes from “ingrid superstar” to “ingrid” to “zebu fur” to “frankie cosmos.” And those are just the big ones — at times she’s also “greta,” “GRETA,” “the ingrates,” “Frankie Cosmos and the Emptiness” and “frankie cosmos & the emptiness.”



Learning how to do nothing

(09/12/19 4:01am)

I spent this summer in New York, a cesspool of sights, sounds, and — mostly to its detriment — smells. Armed with a class and an internship and living just a few blocks from Union Square, my days filled quickly. Coming from Duke, I was used to this nonstop mindset, this rapid pace of living. It wasn’t until attending a poetry reading at a bookshop on Prince Street that I began to understand what this excessive busyness seemed to be leading me toward. A book with pink flowers on the cover caught my eye, along with its intriguing title: “How to Do Nothing.” While the book first piqued my interest through this attractive promise, the subheading, “Resisting the Attention Economy,” ultimately made me buy it. 



‘Southbound’ exhibit at Power Plant Gallery resists stereotypes about Southern identity

(09/12/19 4:04am)

The American South is an ever-changing landscape, its growing communities and dynamic businesses pushing the region away from strict definitions. With a dark history and rich culture, it’s convenient to describe the South as nothing more than a land of sweet tea and bitter discrimination. The New South, however, presents a progressive transformation from 19th-century Dixie. This fall, “Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South” illustrates the heartbreaking stories of the past and pluralistic identity of the present.