Lithosphere Maybe the problem is scale. I can’t manufacture age
or enormity; they aren’t in me. I can read, but barely.
Modes of expression crawl over each other like ants
in the ground, each one bearing poison to the colony,
resolute as the knowledge of pain before it reaches home.
I rely on aesthetics so imprecise they are rendered best
in earth: this ripple of mountains, dark sleeves of road,
cross-sections of sediment and weather, lights crowding
any temporary cit
AFFIRMATIVE By Alex Swanson Why yes, I will certainly, unequivocally doing something tonight–I mean, this is college. The greatest college in the greatest university in the greatest city in the universe! I’ve already read the first 12 books the the Iliad! The spears were phalluses and the shields were vaginas! Everybody died at the end! That’s exactly what college is going to be like, right? I’m so excited to be here! I’ve heard that Greek life is big here. I’ve heard that I
By Joseph Milholland “Our goal from the get-go was to under-promise and over-deliver.” So say the new Columbia College Student Council president and VP of policy, Benjamin Makansi and Vivek Ramakrishnan respectively, of their election campaign strategy. Although an example of the duo’s characteristic dry wit (they were utterly deadpan as they suggested I interview their parents for a “pretty solid reference” and had me fooled for a moment), the motto suits them perfectly. The
By Virginia Fu At one point during my interview with the Warricks, Alexandra Warrick spontaneously begins narrating her “aesthetic for the day.” She undoes her Brenda Starr, Reporter, belt and hands it across the table for me to see. Her shirt has got a “fucking cow on it,” her earrings were “swiped” from her grandmother and while some mistakenly believe that she was the one who drew on her Keds, it was actually a man from Kentucky. “Basically I’m just wearing lies, theft and
A full loop on the shuttle from Columbia’s Morningside campus to the Medical School and back will take you past five different McDonald’s, two Empanadas Monumentals, New York City’s Only Active Mausoleum, six hipster coffee shops, including a bar that serves peanut butter burgers and avocado fries, Fairway Market, 8000 bodegas, Columbia’s incipient Manhattanville campus (“MEN AT WORK”), City College, Hamilton Pharmacy, Hamilton Pharmacy Inc, and six Chinese takeout places nam