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All Ye Need to Know: Chapter One

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“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,–that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. -from “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats Just shy of his 50th birthday, Jarvis Bagley’s life has become an awful cliché. Long divorced, long single, estranged from his children, working an ...

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Film Review: Black Panther

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In a move many consider long overdue, Marvel finally places people of color in the forefront with its eighteenth film, Black Panther. Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther is a fresh and welcome improvement in the Marvel franchise. With a visual design and imaginative heart ripped straight from the comic ...

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Review: Never Come Downs — The Abyss

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Friday Photo Blog–Sunday Edition by Tim McLaughlin Let’s start with a definition by Wikipedia: Shoe gazing (or shoe gaze):  Dream pop or neo-psychedelic subgenre of indie and alternative that emerged in the UK in the late 80s.  Its sound is characteristic by an ethereal mixture of obscured vocals, distortion, effects, ...

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Roamin’ Holiday: Breaking the Bubble

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Any community, every community, can be small. The largest cities are really just organized pockets of neighborhoods. Neighborhoods consist of cliques. Internally, the cliques are fragile but capable of presenting a united front.  Neighborhoods take ownership of cliques, cities of neighborhoods, states of cities, until the diagram reaches the extent ...

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Winter House: Chapter 4

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Winter House Home Page Fiction by Christian Shuck Featured Image: Benson J. Lossing from The Pictorial Field-Book of the War of 1812 Chapter Four From the diary of Captain Josiah Snelling January 11, 1812 The repairs to the walls of the fort are well underway. I feel as though we ...

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Film Review: Hostiles

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If you’ve ever wanted to see the film equivalent of buying a sports car just to drive it off a cliff, look no further than Hostiles. Written and directed by Scott Cooper, Hostiles is a narratively lacking yet visually breathtaking entry into the Western genre. It’s an experience that will ...

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Leaving Greencastle and the Return Home

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“Every morning, my commute to IUPUI was spent looking out at a city that was so much bigger than myself…” In August of 2014, I got exactly what I wanted; I moved out of Greencastle. When Mom and Dad left my Indianapolis apartment, I didn’t have the nerve to start ...

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Rick Michael’s Tunes Around Town

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Rick’s rundown of who is playing where and when: January 22-27, 2018 January 22, 2018 Acoustic Open Mic with Jack Gibson / Swizzle Stick 7:00 to 9:00 January 23, 2018 Gibson and Wheat / Wasser Brewing Company 7:00 to 9:00 January 25, 2018 Fret Set Open Practice Session / The Inn ...

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Roamin’ Holiday: Cycles of Society

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Growing up, travel was something I thought was reserved for other people. It seemed I always had friends that took great trips around the U.S. and abroad, but my family could never afford it. Returning from spring break I would hear grand tales of scuba diving, hiking, Disney World or ...

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Cari Ray is Not Pretending

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Tyler Zoller Compensation is often hardwired into the DNA of the music business.  Strong singers figure out how to play a few chords to get by.  Great fret-masters eke out a tepid set of vocals for the same reason.  Then we sit down and watch ...

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Winter House: Chapter 3

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Fiction by Christian Shuck Featured Image by Alia Shuck Chapter Three June 11, 1958 Click Here to Read Chapter One Click Here to Read Chapter Two “He slogged me in the gut!” Mike said, bent halfway over. Bobby turned and asked, “He what?” Mike coughed slightly, holding his middle with ...

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Vignettes: DePauw’s Singer/Songwriter Series

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They are familiar names, gigging in familiar haunts.  They capture the rural soul that is life in west-central Indiana and they weave into it the pseudo-urban flair that is life in the middle of Greencastle.  For three Thursdays in January DePauw’s Ronald L. Dye brings local and regional talent to ...

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Embracing Winter

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Standing in my ice-cold garage, next to the water-softener unit, hair-dryer in hand, I reminded myself of the personal mantra I had adopted just days before: “Embrace the winter,” I had told myself.  “Embrace it.” This was not a flippant decision on my part.  Winter might be the highpoint of ...

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Further Down the Road: January 2018

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Some of the pieces we are working on for the first month of 2018: DePauw alumnus and Greencastle resident Vincent Aguirre has been been building his brand for over three years.  He talks about the challenges and thrills of the entrepreneurial experience in the 21st century. Christian Shuck compares his ...

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