Prologue

There is a distinct aspect of mindlessness that takes over the long bike trail from Seoul to Busan. As hours stack upon hours of cycling, you grow used to the steady hum of your rubber tires’ tireless advance; you begin to focus on the rhythmic patterns of breathing and the metronomic beat of your own heart; you begin to fall at peace with the gliding current of the warm summer wind. …


from Shaun Tan’s book, Cicada

With the continual onset of COVID-19, and the ensuing seesaw between carelessness and paranoia amongst the general population, colleges on the west coast have begun to move the entirety of their services remotely. It is a well, well-documented fact that this has resulted in the severance of many college seniors from their final semester in college — something that many find less than ideal to say the least.

The uproar against this is fixated on multiple factors — the financial loss of wasted plane tickets and booked hotels for graduation, the difficulty and inconsistency of the now household-name platform Zoom…


Source: WBUR’s The ARTery (Courtesy Disney/Pixar)

“Who needs a kid’s room when you can have all this?” — Bo Peep, Toy Story 4

Watching Toy Story 4 in theaters was, as I anticipate for many others as well, a surreal experience. The challenge for Pixar to revive a franchise which began in 1995 for one more ride posed a seemingly insurmountable set of challenges. For a generation of parents, perhaps it was nostalgic to see Woody, Buzz and the motley cast of toys return to the big screen. For the youngest generation of viewers, they were late to the party, and Toy Story 4 was their…


As we take a moment to indulge in our annual ghoulish appetites for candy, festivities and all-around fun, we forget that the very last day of October marks Martin Luther’s brave endeavor to patch together a broken faith 500 years ago. On this fateful day in 1517, Luther paced towards All Saints’ Church, maybe even failing to realize the repercussions of what he was about to do. …

Victor Jeong

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