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Romanticism and its ripples

With two poetry collections and two novels spanning the Romantic era (c. 1800-1850), Reads writers Claire Francis and Shana Hadi respectively recommend these works that contemplate the intensity of emotion and the sublime beauty of nature within aesthetic experience, with references to their modern-day significance. “Poems” by Christina Rossetti An oldie but a goodie: 19th-century…

On the legacy of Queen

This past year drummed in a resurgence in the popularity of the British rock band Queen. With the 2018 biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and lead actor Rami Malek shaking up the box office in this year’s film award ceremonies, the band Queen has never been more in the spotlight. The film “Bohemian Rhapsody” celebrates Freddie’s life,…

‘You know BTS?’

How international pop superstars BTS paved the way and changed the game What does it take to be the biggest boyband in the world? Evidently, it takes seven charismatic men, striking visuals, high production values, multi-genre tracks adorned with percussive raps and sparkling verses almost entirely in Korean, polished and perfected dance moves in perfect sync…

What you (maybe) missed: Vol. 1

What You (Maybe) Missed is the Daily’s new roundup of important, interesting and underlooked musical releases from the past few weeks, cataloging the stuff you may have missed out on while studying for your midterms, or whatever it is you kids do these days. Every week, we’ll have some singles, albums, and other musical discoveries…

‘Booksmart’ gets an A+

Ambitious, smart, funny, outspoken, overbearing, snide, controlling and endearing are just some of the adjectives that define Molly, the main character of “Booksmart.” In the first few minutes of the film, it’s tempting to try to box her into one of the character tropes we’ve seen time and time again in high school movies: she’s…