Death of the American Dream

"Happy 4th of July!" It's what I'm hearing, reading, and seeing all over the place today. I'm in Portland and people are getting ready for fireworks, barbecues, a shameless consumption of copious amounts of meat and booze, flag waving, and rejoicing for being an American. They're hyped to celebrate being born in the world's best … Continue reading Death of the American Dream

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Literary Heroes, Vegan Fare & Creativity in Europe (and a bit of North Africa!)

I've waited over half of my life for this trip. Its main purpose is to finally visit the first foreign country I ever longed to see: Spain. As someone who has dedicated her life to literature, learning Spanish, and understanding the roots of Latin American culture, this is a dream come true for me. Over the … Continue reading Literary Heroes, Vegan Fare & Creativity in Europe (and a bit of North Africa!)

What’s an Angel-Headed Hipster?

I was watching "Howl" last night, the movie starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg. It is comprised of three main narratives: Allen being interviewed in his apartment, Lawrence Ferlinghetti being tried in court for publishing Ginsberg's poem "Howl"- which was considered obscene- and a trippy animation vision of the poem, word by word. There are also minor … Continue reading What’s an Angel-Headed Hipster?