Archive for January, 2014

Fashion from the Far East Flourishes in NYC

By Shafat Chowdhury • Jan 30th, 2014 • Category: Features

As models marched down the runway clothed in long, black outfits, the audience stared in wonder. The world of menswear constantly sees new winners as clothing lines ascend to the apex of fashion. Such was the case at last fall’s New York Fashion Week, or NYFW, when Japanese designers rose to prominence in what is [...]

Book Review: Amusing Ourselves (and Our Intellects) to Death

By Allie Shafran • Jan 29th, 2014 • Category: Editorial

“What is oppression?” asks Neil Postman, in his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. We are an oppressed people, Postman asserts, but the worst part about it is that most of us don’t even know we’re oppressed. In an age where presidents are Hollywood celebrities, senatorial candidates appear [...]

For Sasha Nissengolts, Dancing is a Way of Life

By Leana Shugol • Jan 29th, 2014 • Category: People

Over the last eight years, nearly 20 million Americans have tuned in to watch ABC’s primetime series Dancing with the Stars, a reality TV show emphasizing the importance of practice, partnership and, of course, competition. But few really understand how much effort goes into professional ballroom dancing. If one takes out all the cameras, costumes, [...]

In Pain? Try Some Poisonous Snail Venom

By Leana Shugol • Jan 29th, 2014 • Category: Features

A recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that more than 22 million Americans use illegal drugs. Of these, seven million people use psychotherapeutic drugs such as painkillers, tranquilizers, and sedatives. According to government data found on WebMD.com, 1.7 million people in the U.S. were found to be using [...]