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Bwecommendations, March 2021

Updated: Mar 3

Cultural miscellany, faithfully compiled by the staff.


Blue and White staffers are back with suggestions for your Spring Break. Yeah, fresh air would behoove you, as would finishing your anthro take-home, but we promise that our favorite shows and novels are better than Riverside Park and Lévi-Strauss.


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Dominy Gallo, Editor-in-Chief: Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Billie Holiday, Solitude. Mrs. America. Fleabag. Otis Redding, “Try a Little Tenderness.” Ariel Dorfman, Death and the Maiden. Dreyer’s English. Robert Hass, “Meditation at Lagunitas.”


Lyla Trilling, Managing Editor: Industry (HBO Max). Katsuhiro Otomo, Akira. Carne asada tacos. Gossip Girl, Season 2, Episode 21, “Seder Anything.”


Hailey Ryan, Publisher: If you're ambitious, Pistachio Honey Cake. America’s Next Top Model Cycle 19 (Netflix). Most Expensivist with 2 Chainz (Youtube). Teyanna Taylor, “Issues/Hold On” and “Rose in Harlem.” Red Scare.


Samia Menon, Illustrations Editor: Alain Resnais, Hiroshima Mon Amour. A hearty pot of gnocchi. Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life (I promise it’s fun, guys.) Frederic Soulacroix (I might be 130 years late on this one, but each one of his paintings could provide the substance of an entire season of Bridgerton (Netflix), with twice the piping-hot 19th-century European tea but, alas, none of the unexplained diversity.) Totally Spies! Infinite Fall, Night in the Woods. Various iterations of Garfield.


Chase Cutarelli, Podcast Director: Psych.


Gaby Edwards, Literary Editor: Lydia Davis, The End of the Story. Garth Greenwell, What Belongs to You. The Comeback, starring Lisa Kudrow (HBO Max).


Illustration by Lyla Trilling

Benjamine Mo, Literary Editor: Li-Young Lee, “From blossoms.” Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.


Kat Chen, Assistant Literary Editor: Undone (Amazon Prime). Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood. The Orion Experience, Cosmicandy. Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.


Mary Elizabeth Dawson, Senior Editor: Sevdaliza, Shabrang. Heinrich Böll, Group Portrait with Lady. Nathaniel Rich, Losing Earth. Meinklang Prosa Frizzante.


Sylvie Epstein, Senior Editor: MICHELLE, Deem Spencer, “SUNRISE (the booyah kids! Remix).” The Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs. Odessa.


Elizabeth Jackson, Senior Editor: MIKA, everything. Merchants of Doubt. Vegan tortilla soup.


Nicole Kohut, Senior Editor: “Cornel West: Reflections on Austen.” David Bowie, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide.”


Brooke McCormick, Senior Editor: Minari. Coconut bread. Khruangbin, Mordechai. Haley Nahman, Maybe Baby Substack.


Zoe Metcalfe, Senior Editor: The Priory of the Orange Tree. Jonathan Something, “Outlandish Poetica.” Gazpacho. Birdman. Solar Opposites (Hulu). Bacon, sausage, and cheese on a roll with hot sauce.


Sam Needleman, Senior Editor: Elizabeth Harrower, In Certain Circles. MUNYA, “Des Bisous Partout.” Rachel Kushner, “The Hard Crowd.” Theaster Gates, Gone Are the Days of Shelter and Martyr, on view in “Grief and Grievance” at the New Museum.


Sophie Poole, Senior Editor: Beyond Barnard Dean A.J. Aronstein’s diatribe against cover letters in The Paris Review. Lance Oppenheim, Some Kind of Heaven. Making Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration at MoMA PS1. Daft Punk, “Instant Crush.”


Eliza Rudelavige, Senior Editor: Min Jin Lee, Pachinko. Michel Polnareff, “Love Me, Please Love Me.”


Claire Shang, Senior Editor: “I Am The Designer of This Restaurant’s Outdoor Seating Space, and This Is My Artist’s Statement,” in McSweeney’s. Wet, “Old Bone (Jim-E Stack Remix).”


Alexander Aibel, Staff Writer: Lucki, Freewave 3. Jujutsu Kaisen.


Elysa Caso-McHugh, Staff Writer: Ponyo. Naomi Shihab Nye, “Kindness.” Billy Joel, The Stranger.


Michael Colton, Staff Writer: Chika, Industry Games. Isaiah Rashad, The Sun’s Tirade. Madlib, Sound Ancestors. Simon & Garfunkel, The Concert in Central Park.


Gabriel Garon, Staff Writer: Asparagus. Arlo Parks. Ruth Ozeki, Tale for the Time Being. Reconsidering your gender, changing your pronouns. Kim's Convenience (Netflix). Wendy Williams: The Movie (Lifetime). Torrey Peters, Detransition, Baby. A tiny mirror from Design Within Reach. Poppers. I May Destroy You (HBO Max). Bryan Washington, Memorial. Washing your pillow cases.


Cy Gilman, Staff Writer: Julie Roset, Clematis, Nun Danket Alle Gott. Joni Mitchell, “The Wolf That Lives in Lindsey,” from Mingus. Elif Batuman, The Idiot. La Bataille d’Alger. Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Laura Kurgan, et al., In Plain Sight.


Chloë Gottlieb, Staff Writer: Eileen Myles, “Peanut Butter.” 福居良, Scenery.


Jaden Jarmel-Schneider, Staff Writer: Alex Ross, “The Great Gay-Jewish Poetry Brawl of 1829.” Evan Osnos, “The Greenwich Rebellion.” Blood Orange, “Saint.” “Opening Dance Sequence” from Climax.


Tarini Krishna, Staff Writer: Durga Chew-Bose, Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays. Kate Bush, “Wuthering Heights.” Lana Del Rey, “Chemtrails Over the Country Club.” Kate Stephenson, Emma Johnson, “Miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Mother of God.” Caroline Polachek, “Door.”


Becky Miller, Staff Writer: Freaks and Geeks (Hulu). Mac Miller, K.I.D.S.


Willa Neubauer, Staff Writer: Arthur Russel, Iowa Dream.


Victor Omojola, Staff Writer: Margaret Glaspy, Devotion.


Jai Qureshi, Staff Writer: Cauliflower tacos with cashew crema. Ruth Ozeki, All Over Creation.


Jenna Yuan, Staff Writer: Pan-banging chocolate chip cookies.


Samantha Sacks, Podcast Contributor: Donostia Foods anchovies. Ramy (Hulu).


Victoria Fu, Staff Illustrator: Cavetown’s new single, “Paul.”


Kate Steiner, Staff Illustrator: SPIDER, Water Sign.


Aeja Rosette, Staff Illustrator: Noname’s “Rainforest”


Rea Rustagi, Staff Illustrator: Mazzy Star, Among My Swan. Couscous with feta and chickpeas.


Daniel Seizer, Assistant Publisher: Kelly Rowland, Crazy. Survivor: Cook Islands. Jackie.


Maya Weed, Staff Illustrator: Treme (HBO Max). Lupin (Netflix). For the Boys (Slay TV, YouTube). “Paris 1919” by John Cale if you’re going for a walk.


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Now that you've indulged, we recommend you take note of everything important happening on campus. You wouldn’t want to be out of the loop now, would you?


Frankie Jonas was spotted on Tinder, certifiably chastity ring-less; then he popped up in the Fro Sci Zoom chat, asking to see Ivana Hughes’s cat. The assailant in the brutal snowman murder on Low steps revealed his motive: he was trying to impress a girl. Columbia students continued their years-long war over who has the most expressive North Face puffer; the end is nowhere in sight. AOII hosted a talk, “Adulting 101,” with Christi from Dance Moms. From Hartley to Hogan, Revenge Health Code Violation Reports are the new revenge porn. Polish supermodel Zuzanna Bijoch is enrolling at Columbia. A student brought a rotisserie chicken to an eight-person Zoom seminar; the professor asked if it was from Costco. Columbia Virginity Club invited members of its “hitlist” to a party.


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