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Roberta Gonzalez Marquez

Esty and Edna: Uncovering the parallels between Netflix’s ‘Unorthodox’ and Chopin’s ‘The Awakening’

Netflix’s recent release, “Unorthodox,” based on Deborah Feldman’s autobiography “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots,” follows the story of Esty, an Orthodox Jewish woman who leaves her repressive community in Williamsburg. When prompted as to why she left, protagonist Esty replies: “God expected too much of me.”  I just want to start this…

Writing off the Farm

Since this quarter has begun, it’s been harder to find creative writing opportunities without the word-of-mouth on campus. I love the idea of forcing myself down for a bit of flash fiction as much as anyone, but it remains, in a word, idealistic. There’s something about a thought-provoking prompt, the pressure of sitting alongside someone’s…

Youth, death and Murakami’s Beatles

“Sometimes scraps of memory like that can be the trigger that brings a story into being.” In an interview with The New Yorker, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami described how his latest short story “With the Beatles” was generated from his own memory. Murakami’s memory, the image of a girl clenching the 1963 LP “With the…

Wayward Wizards

Rainbow Rowell's newest book "Wayward Son" continues the fantastical adventure of the Simon Snow series, with new spells, romance, and an American road trip thrown in this time around.
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