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Q&A: Duke sophomore interviews Pod Save America hosts, discusses students' role in politics

(11/07/19 4:34am)

Duke sophomore Nick DeParle interned with Crooked Media, the company behind Pod Save America, in summer 2019. DeParle sat down with the hosts of the podcast, Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor, to discuss the role of college students in today’s politics. This interview was edited for length and clarity.

Duke breeds more than devils

(11/08/19 5:00am)

As an alum who graduated in 2009, a recent Chronicle article by sophomore Christian Sheerer entitled "How Duke Breeds Devils" caught my attention. While I disagree with the darkness of the title, the thoughtful analysis and determined call for better action impressed me. Since I've already experienced this same disillusionment, I would like to offer encouragement to those who are struggling to see enough light on the other side of graduation.

Has streaming brought an end to cult films?

(11/18/19 5:01am)

Many have attempted to articulate the essence of what makes a cult film a cult film. According to the famously accurate and reliable Wikipedia, cult films are “known for their dedicated, passionate fanbase, an elaborate subculture that engage in repeated viewings, quoted dialogue and audience participation.” In a similar vein, perennial arbiter of all things culture Rolling Stone describes a cult film as having a “fiercely devoted audience that watches it over and over, preferably at midnight in a theater packed with other die-hards.” These two definitions are fairly adequate for almost 50 years of movie cult movie history. In this modern age of social media and streaming, however, such descriptions may no longer be accurate. The question then arises: Can cult films still exist today?

Hulu’s ‘Looking for Alaska’ is a dutiful and thoughtful adaptation

(11/13/19 7:47pm)

John Green’s 2005 teen novel “Looking for Alaska” is one of the few books I actively remember reading outside of the classroom in middle school, and for good reason. It tells the story of shy high school boy Miles “Pudge” Halter as he begins his junior year at a new boarding school in Alabama. Through Miles’s perspective, Green explores a wide variety of subjects many teenagers grapple with, including romance, academic stressors, bullying and booze, while in a mildly unique setting away from direct parental influence and with characters that, to my 13-year-old mind, seemed to avoid easy archetypical classification.