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Learning how to do nothing

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. 


Can’t decide which DEMAN event to attend in November? Take this quiz and we’ll tell you

The Duke Entertainment, Media & Arts Network — more commonly referred to as DEMAN — will host its annual DEMAN Arts & Media weekend Nov. 1 and 2 on Duke's campus. The events, which include panels hosted by alumni and career-oriented activities, are numerous, and we understand how daunting that can be. (Where do I go? Who should I see? What on earth are “Guac and Talks”?)

“Derry Girls,” which premiered in Jan. 2019, portrays the teenage experience with war-torn North Ireland as its backdrop.

The awkward perfection of Netflix’s ‘Derry Girls’

When “Derry Girls” first came out in 2018, I immediately binged the first season, enthralled by awkward and absurd lead actors finding themselves in the most ridiculous situations. To me, each half-hour episode captured a unique part of the teenage experience, particularly one wrought with the background violence of war and division. 

Quentin Tarantino's latest film, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," follows an aging Hollywood star, played by Leonardo DiCaprio (left).

'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' reimagines Hollywood at the close of the '60s

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” the latest film from writer and director Quentin Tarantino, premiered in July. The movie follows Rick Dalton (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) as he navigates the ups and downs of a Hollywood career in 1969, as well as the looming presence of the Manson Family cult in Los Angeles. Editor Nina Wilder and Campus Arts Editor Kerry Rork chatted about their thoughts on Tarantino’s new film and the events that inspired it. Warning: spoilers below.