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Book Rec: “How to Do Nothing” by Jenny Odell

Book Rec: “How to Do Nothing” by Jenny Odell

Ben Kafoglis, Math Teacher

May 14, 2020

Jenny Odell is a writer and artist, and in this book she calls for people to resist what she calls the “Attention Economy.” The Attention Economy is made up of all those businesses that live off our attention: think social media and others. These are capitalist entities that, instead of our dollar...

Book Rec: “Overstory” by Richard Powers

Book Rec: “Overstory” by Richard Powers

Andrew Fippinger, English Teacher

May 14, 2020

I’ve just finished Richard Powers’s 2018 novel The Overstory, a 500-page-long, Pulitzer-Prize-winning tome about trees. Doesn’t that sound exciting? Trust me, it is. Although Powers develops a wide cast of finely-drawn characters whose complex narrative arcs deftly weave in and out of one anothe...

Book Rec: “Origin” by Dan Brown

Book Rec: “Origin” by Dan Brown

Zachary Kurtz, Contributing Writer

May 14, 2020

The world we live in is full of different systems of belief such as Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, all of which rest upon the ideas of creationism. But what if you were to pit scientific facts against creationism? This evidence would be seen as a threat to religion and its creationist ideas. In Ori...

Benefiting from Bach: HarMonia raises $32,000

Benefiting from Bach: HarMonia raises $32,000

Devin Allard-Neptune and Emily Salzhauer

May 14, 2020

As notes of Bach emanated from audience members’ computers, HarMonia’s annual benefit concert raised $32,000 for non-profit Summer on the Hill (SOH). On Saturday, May 9, the ensemble performed in a virtual concert to raise money and connect the school’s community through musical harmony. To ...

Kirshner’s Movie Reviews Part 3

Jaden Kirshner, Movie Reviewer

May 8, 2020

Sorry about the hiatus, but I am back! In this article, I decided to condense my suggestions to accomodate for the increase in school work. Hope you enjoy these recommendations!   During the week- Teen Comedy Eighth Grade (2018) Rating: R Plot: Introverted teenage girl Kayla Day (Elsie Fi...

Harmonizing from home: Choirs perform virtually

Purvi Jonnalagadda and Ayesha Sen

May 8, 2020

Most of the school’s concerts look the same: dozens of parents, teachers, and students come together to showcase the hard work of the school’s talented musicians. However, the upcoming choir performance will be running differently: with the help of members of Music teacher Timothy Ho and Accompan...

The knead to relax: Cooking in quarantine

The knead to relax: Cooking in quarantine

Hanna Hornfeld and Jillian Lee

May 8, 2020

Matthew Brand (6) has used his free time in quarantine to discover a new passion: cooking tagliatelles in sausage ragus and pistachio crusted rack of lambs with carrot ginger purées, lamb tallow onions, and chicken bouillon sauces. “It’s a mouthful to say, but it was really good,” he said. In q...

TV series to binge during quarantine: Love is Blind

Hannah Katzke, Contributing Writer

May 1, 2020

This February, Netflix released a new show called Love is Blind that puts a twist on the typical dating show in order to test whether or not an emotional connection can lead to a successful relationship. In the show, thirty single adults date one another from individual rooms, called “pods,” that...

TV series to binge during quarantine: Tiger King

TV series to binge during quarantine: Tiger King

Emma Colacino, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

“Did Carole Baskin feed her husband to tigers?” is one of the many outrageous questions posed in the strangely addictive Netflix original series Tiger King: Murder, Madness, and Mayhem. The documentary follows the bizarre, action-packed life of big cat owner Joe Exotic. The seven episode docuseries...

TV series to binge during quarantine: All American

TV series to binge during quarantine: All American

Katya Tolunsky, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

I started watching All American out of boredom during quarantine, but I was disappointed to find that it's just another teen drama with an overused, overdramatic plot that lacks depth and authenticity. Nevertheless, the show was entertaining enough to compel me to keep watching. The protagonist, Spencer...

TV series to binge during quarantine: Too Hot To Handle

TV series to binge during quarantine: Too Hot To Handle

Isabella Binnmyr, Contributing Reviewer

May 1, 2020

In Too Hot to Handle, single adults are sent to a beach villa and promised $100,000 if they successfully avoid sexual activity for one month. Each time someone engages in sexual activity, all contestants lose money. Two contestants, Harry and Francesca, manage to lose $3000 dollars with a kiss on the...

Together in talent: Virtual variety show

Emma Colacino, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

As theater teacher Benjamin Posner sang the Toy Story classic, “You’ve Got A Friend In Me,” accompanied by a piano performance, the audience sat captivated behind their screens and flooded the chat section of the Zoom with encouragement and support. Posner’s performance was one of the many acts that e...

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