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Articles by Cecilia Barron (10)

"Chemtrails" is Del Rey's seventh studio album.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Lana Del Rey’s outdated image of America

April 7, 2021 10 comments

If Phoebe Bridgers is the Twitter music star — outwardly moody and unsatisfied; “ghosting” friends and effusively crying; favoring words over decoration — Lana Del Rey is the alternative darling of Instagram.

The acting, writing and cinematography fail to impress in "Operation Varsity Blues." It instead relies on a bet that most viewers will flock to stories about the dealings of the American elite.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

“Operation Varsity Blues” documents our fascination with elitism

March 23, 2021 0 comments

On a fateful March day two years ago, Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman and a number of other established professionals were implicated in an elaborate college admissions scandal.

If "The Bachelor”’ is about love, then "The Bachelor”’ is also about politics

Arts & Culture, Reviews

“The Bachelor”: the politics of desire

March 16, 2021 0 comments

Matt James, the first Black man to lead the dating show “The Bachelor,” started the 25th season with a record number of contestant applications and love. The fantasy was cut short, however, when pictures of contestant Rachael Kirkconnell at an “antebellum-themed party” in 2018 surfaced. 

The collection features authors like Jia Tolentino, Curtis Sittenfeld and Justin Torres, focusing largely on “currency and sex”

Arts & Culture

Amazon’s newest venture: publishing

March 4, 2021 0 comments

“Inequality. Influence. Fraud. Sabotage. These are the themes of great fiction and our modern economy,” says Amazon, the retail giant currently pressuring employees to go against unionization.

Lauren Oyler’s debut novel, “Fake Accounts,” is an incisive exploration of the internet era, exploring self-awareness and cynicism about the world of social media that the writer and readers can never fully be extricated from.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Our Own “Fake Accounts”: a debut novel for the internet era

February 22, 2021 0 comments

Virginia Woolf wasn’t very online. Neither was Jane Austen, nor Joan Didion. Even Zadie Smith, who started writing after the internet’s inception, has sworn off Twitter.

The Gen Z-ness of TikTok Singers

Arts & Culture

The Gen Z-ness of TikTok Singers

February 16, 2021 0 comments

As if TikTok hadn’t already taken over the world, it has now come to dominate Spotify too. The young faces seen silently “Renegade”-ing and “WAP”-ing have taken their talents to the studio, churning out some of the most popular pop songs of the past few months. 

Wendy Williams’ shameful masterpiece

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Wendy Williams’ shameful masterpiece

February 4, 2021 0 comments

If you haven’t heard her on the radio or listened to her talk show, you’ve probably seen her picture online, crying, fainting or smirking. Wendy Williams, the radio shock jock turned daytime talk show host turned everlasting meme, reports on celebrities while being one herself.

“Pretend It’s a City,” released on January 8th of this year, is Scorcese’s second documentary featuring Lebowitz, the first one being “Public Speaking” released in 2010.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Fran Lebowitz loves to hate

January 26, 2021 1 comment

It feels like there are more movies about New York City than there are inhabitants. It seems there is no subject (save love) that has been discussed in media as much as Manhattan. Still, Martin Scorsese, a native New Yorker and director of many New York films, can’t seem to get enough.

While the Babish Culinary Universe includes videos of quarantine favorites like sourdough bread, it also turns food into a game through recreating pop culture’s most famous foods, like the Krabby Patty, and TV-inspired gastronomy.


‘Babish Culinary Universe’ turned underworld

November 11, 2020 0 comments

Python. Rum-soaked ham. The ratatouille from Ratatouille. Prison sauce. Bison. “Pizza Crepe Taco Pancake Chili Bag.” Dessert pasta. Julia Child’s beef bourguignon. Acorn cookies. Broiled Cornish game hen sandwich. And, of course, sourdough.

‘Red Scare’ and the Politics of Trolling

Arts & Culture, Reviews

‘Red Scare’ and the Politics of Trolling

October 30, 2020 2 comments

For those who have three backup plans to vote, for those who phonebank every weekend and for those who are tracking Iowan statehouse races, political disengagement is a luxury in which they can’t indulge.