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Each year, in the months of November and December, I take some time to reflect on my year and to think about the word that I want my next year to be defined by. I started this practice of choosing a word for the year about four years ago. It is somewhat different from the new year’s resolutions thing, in particular because it’s not as specific. Although I also make a small list of new year’s resolutions, even if they’re not exactly new things. …


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We call it “Social Distancing” even if some experts, including the World Health Organization, have said that this is not the best way to call it because social contacts are vital to cope with the crisis. Northeastern University Political Science and Public Policy professor, Daniel Aldrich, has suggested the term “physical distancing” instead, but it was called Social Distancing first and this is the name that has stuck, even in non-English speaking countries. I religiously watch the German news every morning and they may be speaking German, but they will always stop and say “Social Distancing” in English.

About a month and a half ago, when the German Government announced that they would be closing down schools and businesses, I shared the following Reddit meme on my Facebook…


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Star Wars is one of those things I grew up loving. I love the original trilogy, I sort of enjoy the prequels (despite them being objectively bad), I have sort of enjoyed the spin-offs, I’ve watched some of the series, and I liked the more recent films in the saga. Yes, I had a lot of fun with The Force Awakens and I thought The Last Jedi was good, even though I did not like everything about it.

Spoilers for The Rise of Skywalker ahead.


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Juliet, Naked is a 2018 film directed by Jesse Peretz, written by Evgenia Peretz, Jim Taylor, Tamara Jenkins and Phil Alden Robinson, and it is based on the novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. It stars Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd.

It tells the story of Annie (Byrne), a woman bored and unhappy with her life, who is -and has been for the past 15 years- in an unfulfilling, dull long-term relationship with Duncan (O’Dowd). Duncan is obsessed with obscure singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe (Hawke), who 25 years ago wrote and recorded an album called Juliet, and disappeared from public life. A newly discovered demo record from Crowe’s album arrives at Annie’s and Duncan’s door. Duncan, who runs a blog dedicated to Crowe’s music and theories about his life, promptly posts about it online. Annie, who is tired of having to listen to Tucker Crowe, writes a negative review and is contacted by the artist himself. …


Boy, was it a scandal when Disney announced that the new Ariel for the remake of the Disney classic The Little Mermaid would be singer and actor Halle Bailey. Because we have a little time on our hands, just a little, let’s talk about the new hot topic. So go get a coffee, a tea, a lemonade or whatever beverage you like, sit on a comfortable chair and, keeping it cool, keeping it nice, let’s talk about the problem with the new little mermaid.

(Spoiler: the problem is not the little mermaid).

From what I’ve seen on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, people’s complaints about the casting boil down to four points that come up over and over again. …

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Paola Navarro Villa

Protestant, PolSci MA student, reader, writer and coffee drinker

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