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Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023

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In defense of a mostly beautiful world

“Beautiful world, where are you?” is the title of Sally Rooney’s third novel and the question that the protagonists ask as they re-evaluate themselves and their place in an increasingly troubled society.

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Spin Doctor: Dope Game Stupid

Like a video game, the narrative of “Dope Game Stupid” is fast-paced and hyperreal, with Wolf at the center of its hero’s journey as he describes the moral dilemma of finding himself reliant on drug-dealing to support his family.


Middlebury Alum Maria BC set to perform at South by Southwest

Recent Midd alum, Maria Bobbitt-Chertock ’19.5, known by their stage name Maria BC, has been signed to the major music festival South by Southwest (SXSW), which will take place from March 14–20, 2022 in Austin, Texas. “I’m most nervous about actually playing because I have terrible stage fright. ...

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“She Kills Monsters” plays D&D in front of a sold-out audience

The last faculty production of Middlebury College Department of Theatre’s Fall 2021 season, “She Kills Monsters,” combines imagination and reality at their finest. When Agnes' parents and younger sister, Tilly, suddenly die in a car accident, Agnes’ once normal world is flipped on its head. ...

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Reel Critic: “The Power of the Dog”

In Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog,” the first film from Academy Award winning director Jane Campion in twelve years, Benedict Cumberbatch transforms into cattle rancher Phil Burbank with a brilliance that is matched only by the quality of the film itself.


Spin Doctor: “Retribution”

The songs on “Retribution” flow seamlessly into one another, combining this ancient art form with avant-garde sonic experimentation. The album’s sound is also deeply rooted in collaboration, featuring contributions from many other Canadian and Indigenous performers. At its core is a call for awareness ...

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The Curtain Rises on Theatre Think Tank

On Friday, Nov. 5, Middlebury College’s Theatre Think Tank (TTT) hosted its inaugural meeting. The new group focuses on providing students with a low-stakes environment to share their performing arts talent, including acting, screenplays, improv, stand-up, poetry, drag and everything in between. Students ...

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Radio Roundup: Tunes to get you through the home stretch

Following a two-year hiatus following the release of their last album, L'éclair has been putting in the work. On Nov. 12, they released the beauty that is “Confusions.” This album has everything I love about this band: immaculate synth, undeniable jam and an eclectic assortment of funk and groove. ...


Happy 200th, Dostoyevsky!

This Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, was Dostoyevsky’s 200th birthday. Although my favorite Russian author is Leo Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky is definitely the Russian whose fiendishly entertaining works are most relevant to our tumultuous times.


Reel Critic: “Passing”

Is race just something we are all performing? This question is explored, though not exactly answered, in the most recent film in the Hirschfield International Film Series, “Passing.” The film ruminates on colorism and identity politics through the story of Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) and Clare ...

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“No One Is Forgotten” revels in fragmented information

Leave the elaborate set and extensive casts to faculty shows. Theses, in contrast, are the simpler, single-celled protozoa at the root of the theatrical tree of life. “No One is Forgotten,” Gabi Martin's ’21.5 acting thesis and Madison Middleton’s ’22.5 500-level work in directing, revels ...

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YouPower faces Vermont winter without prospect of indoor relocation

If you ever pass by the loading dock of the Freeman International Center (FIC) to catch an 8 a.m. morning class, you might notice a group of students riding stationary bikes. This group is YouPower, Middlebury’s free spin club. As the Vermont winter quickly approaches, the group is desperately looking ...


Matthew Whitaker illuminates Robinson Hall

From its roots in down-home New Orleans bands, Harlem swing and bebop, jazz is constantly evolving. It pays homage to its early icons and bases its musical substance on their characteristics, and yet it takes on new forms that react to the world beyond the practice room. The Middlebury College community ...

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To kill a bookworm: Winter is coming

It certainly feels like November on campus: there’s a chill in the air and the first snow in the mountains is already behind us. These four books all hail from a variety of genres but have a wintery feel, making them perfect for rainy afternoons or snowy nights. I’ve found that winter books often ...