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“My Year of Rest and Relaxation” by Ottessa Moshfegh follows a wealthy Columbia University graduate living on the Upper East Side as she spends a year in a drug-induced coma. During the summer, this novel joined a plethora of trending TikTok beach reads.

#BookTok Review: ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’ questions material happiness, privilege

Clara Martinez, Lead Culture Editor September 12, 2022

Welcome back to a new year of #Booktok Bookshelf, where I, a self-proclaimed Hemingway and Fitzgerald enthusiast, review the novels trending among young people so you do not have to. “My Year of Rest...

Exploring the lives of Mariam and Laila – two women in Kabul, Afghanistan – “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini tells a harrowing story of struggling to survive under the control of the Soviets and the Taliban. Despite being published 15 years ago, the book resurged  in popularity with more than five million views under its TikTok hashtag.

#BookTok Review: ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ narrates heartbreaking reality of misogyny

Clara Martinez, Lead Culture Editor May 27, 2022

To close out the BookTok bookshelf for the year, I read a novel that has been on my reading list far longer than its popularity on the TikTok For You page. “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini...

This year’s Met Gala theme of “Gilded Glamor” seemed simple enough to follow, yet many celebrities were led astray by their designers. A handful of looks escaped this fate, and the following looks left others looking out of place.

Top 5 Met Gala looks

Anna Reznick, Staff Writer May 20, 2022

Since 1948, celebrities have gathered on the first Monday of May dressed in notably extravagant looks for the Met Gala, a themed fundraiser hosted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute...

Lead Opinions Editor Mia George and Opinions Editor: Print Daniel de Beer break down the most important political stories of the past week.

Politics Update – May 3

Daniel de Beer and Mia George May 4, 2022

Music by Cameron Spurr

The production and disposal of paper cause significant environmental damage. Nonetheless, across the High School, classes use a large quantity of paper, adding to the community’s carbon footprint.

Environment, Explained: High School classes should embrace more paperless opportunities

Eden Leavey, Culture Editor: Print April 25, 2022

Throughout my time in high school, I have been pleased by the community’s receptiveness to combatting the climate crisis with sustainable solutions. Yet, one facet of the school’s eco-friendly potential...

Exploring the lives of Mariam and Laila – two women in Kabul, Afghanistan – “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini tells a harrowing story of struggling to survive under the control of the Soviets and the Taliban. Despite being published 15 years ago, the book resurged  in popularity with more than five million views under its TikTok hashtag.

#BookTok Review: ‘One of Us is Lying’ makes up for stereotypical characters with captivating plot

Clara Martinez, News Editor: Print April 6, 2022

One phrase continually used is the claim that “the book was better than the movie.” As I only compelled myself to experience this story through literature, I cannot be sure whether this rings true...

Lead Opinions Editor Mia George and Opinions Editor: Print Daniel de Beer break down the most important political stories of the past week.

Politics Update – March 22

Daniel de Beer and Mia George March 22, 2022

Music by Cameron Spurr

Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine Feb. 24. As Ukraine fights back and NATO countries impose sanctions, uncertainty surrounding the impact the conflict will pose on the global order and non-NATO countries has arisen.

Foreign Affairs: Russia-Ukraine conflict signals international response

Mia George, Lead Opinions Editor March 18, 2022

Hello, and welcome back to my Foreign Affairs column. Since my last post, the geopolitical climate of the world has certainly not remained quiet. I’m sure that you have seen and read the plethora of...

Leadenhall Market displays empty halls lined with lit shops. London’s charm meets modern-day shopping in this market where the historic architecture is combined with contemporary clothing stores, restaurants and souvenir shops.

Top 5 hidden gems in London

Abby Dichter, Staff Writer March 14, 2022

Everyone knows the classic must-see tourist destinations in London: the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Tate Modern, Big Ben. But, lesser-known attractions may bring a more traditional London feel, providing...

Yogurt: a breakfast, pastry and dessert? Yogurt toast has been the internet’s latest food obsession.

Feast or Flop: Yogurt toast

Emma Lucas, Staff Writer March 4, 2022

Feast or Flop is back! I wish I could accompany the statement of my return with “better than ever,” but the inspiration for this recipe came from the depths of despair, desolation and disease. My isolation...

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