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To all the bites I never found again

(12/27/21 1:00pm)

If anyone witnessed my series of actions that afternoon, they would probably think I was out of my mind. Maybe I was after all. On my way riding the subway home, a sudden, uncontrollable sense of nostalgia possessed me. I got out of the station at three consecutive subway stops, surveying the surroundings at every alphabetical exit and then reentering. 


Age of innocence: Revisiting 'Spirited Away,' 20 years later

(12/22/21 1:00pm)

With his 2001 film “Spirited Away,” Hayao Miyazaki set out to make a film for 10-year-olds, but wound up reaching everyone who has ever been a 10-year-old. In many ways, the animated classic is an affectionate tribute to childhood, and may even be more fitting for adults than 10-year-olds, as those who are no longer children hold dearer the vividness of childhood days than those still living them.


Chris Pattishall's 'Zodiac' is a starry tribute to Mary Lou Williams’ 'Zodiac Suite'

(11/15/21 5:00am)

The year 2021 is a momentous one for Mary Lou Williams’ “Zodiac Suite,” claimed reviewer Seth Colter Walls in a New York Times article from this March. Chris Pattishall’s “Zodiac” is surely a highlight in this year of significant recognition for the phenomenal suite. Pattishall, a Durham native that will be an artist-in-residence at Duke for the next year, is heavily influenced by Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981).


Facebook’s name change reveals unsettling ambition

(11/08/21 5:00am)

In his visionary “Neuromancer,” William Gibson conceptualized “cyberspace” as an endless three-dimensional virtual zone that infinitely mimicked reality. Would it ever be possible for humans to create such a hallucinatory space? More importantly, is it even worth the price? To both these questions, Mark Zuckerberg and his team of executives in the formerly-called Facebook company gave the answer: yes.


Why don't we care more about the Pastry World Cup?

(10/18/21 4:00am)

The Pastry World Cup (Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie), one of the most overlooked top-level competitions in the world, took place this past September. Yes, that’s right — not THE World Cup that is bound to be the talk of the town next summer, but the one with “Pastry” in it, which has little prospect of being a sensation outside the food industry anytime soon.