Sophia Peyser
Sophia Peyser is a high school student writing as part of The Daily’s Summer Journalism Workshop.

Life in Quarantine: Witnessing the global pandemic

When Stanford told students to pack up and go home in March, doctorate student Nelson Shuchmacher Endebo was on a plane home to Brazil. He had bought his ticket months before COVID-19 was a serious threat and was looking forward to seeing his parents and 91-year-old grandmother for the first time since starting his Ph.D.…

Violence, love and never-ending wars collide in Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’

Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” is the most violent anti-violence film imaginable. The emotionally draining, 156-minute epic works because of this dichotomy: the Bloods, who preach the words of the peace-loving Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., kill with frightening ease and zero hesitation. It’s this contrast that makes “Da 5 Bloods” gripping, thought-provoking and, in typical Spike Lee fashion, scarily relevant.

Why I’m not celebrating the Fourth of July

In Eaton’s Neck, NY, holidays are not taken lightly. Easter, Christmas, Fourth of July — you name it, and there is an over-the-top celebration. Easter this year, for example, involved a man in a monstrously large bunny outfit flinging candy into peoples’ yards from atop a firetruck. The horn blared for minutes on end, children…
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