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Michael Darer
Michael is an English Major at Wesleyan University set to graduate in 2016. He writes for the Arts Section of Wesleyan’s Argus newspaper, where he reviews films, albums, and television weekly. His hobbies include Netflix, writing, and arguing about things that really don’t matter. He hopes to grow up and own six pugs. He already has all of their names picked out.

Entries by Michael Darer

Art, Mental Illness and Frances Bean Cobain

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 1:17 PM

A little under two weeks ago Lana Del Rey was interviewed by The Guardian. The resulting post was titled "Lana Del Rey: 'I wish I was dead already,'" after one of the pop star's more provocative quotations. In the interview Del Rey spoke specifically about Kurt Cobain, which...

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Defense Against Offense: The Reality of 'Trolling' and Its Impact

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 11:10 PM

It's an oft-repeated adage of Internet usage that you're not supposed to take anything seriously. When someone says something inflammatory, you're to chock it up to the violent privilege of anonymity and move along. Don't worry: it's just a joke. Chill out: no one would say that in "real life."...

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Drop Everything Now: In Defense of Taylor Swift

(13) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 4:06 PM

When it comes to music criticism, it seems as though pop and country are often deemed the easiest targets. Ask a random passerby what sort of music they listen to, and there's a nine out of ten chance that they'll reply with something along the lines of, "anything but country"....

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A Review of 'Blue Ruin'

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 3:18 PM

In the universe of the action film, revenge is the ultimate motivator for violence. For years, cinema has turned to it as a and reliable catalyst for conflict, relying on the simple morality and charged empathy that stories of retribution carry on their shoulders as a way to elevate the...

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