The Observer

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The Role of Violence in the American Literary Canon

By MICHAEL LEIFER February 2, 2021
Americans have a special relationship to violence and violence occupies a special place in our literary canon.
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Don’t Bet Against New York

By LEO BERNABEI January 30, 2021
New York will take a long time to fully recover its economic strength, but the city will still bounce back.
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The Collapse of American Democracy Will Mirror the Weimar Republic

By NICHOLAS SCOTCHIE January 25, 2021
Without drastic reforms that address both the present dangers and their underlying causes, the American republic may be compromised for years to come.
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Fordham Should Cancel In-Person Classes For Spring

By ESMÉ BLEECKER-ADAMS January 21, 2021
The administration is in no position to be able to guarantee the safety of a hybrid spring semester, and they shouldn’t try.
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The People Who Should Have Won People of the Year

By STEVIE CORTEZ December 30, 2020
The Times People of the Year should be undocumented workers. They do more for our country for less praise despite dealing with economic, social, and political barriers.
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Women in Academia Are Not Obligated to Listen to Your Bad Opinions

By NICOLE PERKINS December 28, 2020
Joseph Epstein’s piece not only argues something that is sexist and misogynistic, but is also poorly written and unsubstantiated by facts.
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A Blueprint for Biden

By PATRICK RIZZI December 18, 2020
He will face perhaps the most complex set of challenges faced by a president in modern history upon inauguration to the office.
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‘Gossip Girl’ Lied to Me

By ABBIGAIL RAMNARINE December 13, 2020
I hoped that my college experience would be as eventful as Blair Waldorf's, but my “Gossip Girl”-fueled expectations were shattered when I started college.
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Whom Is Instagram Activism Really Helping?

By STEVIE CORTEZ December 8, 2020
There must be a better way for allies to actually help the people affected by the issues outlined in these surface-level, PSA-type posts.
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Not Safe for Sunday Morning: Anime Ruminations

By MICHAEL LEIFER December 8, 2020
There was nudity. There was violence. It was all hand-drawn. I remember feeling sick. It was exciting, but it was also kind of beautiful.
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What Happened to Katy Perry’s Career?

By ADAM DELIN December 6, 2020
Why did the general public turn on Perry, what could have been done to prevent this and how can her career be salvaged moving forward?
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Why You Long for NYC When Visiting Your Hometown

By EVELYN SIMS December 6, 2020
Since we go to school in New York City, going back to a small town can be a rough reminder as to why you left in the first place.