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Hey! It’s ok…

I have recently discovered the “Hey! It’s ok” column in Glamour magazine, which is also conveniently located on their web site. I think it’s genius that someone decided to take every woman’s guilty pleasures-who hasn’t eaten an entire bag of Oreos in one sitting-and make it into a feature, with the premise of it being totally normal and okay. For some reason, there are things that everyone thinks but no one wants to admit and there’s no reason for that. Next time you, even for a second, do or think something and then feel the tiniest bit of guilt, just remember-hey, it’s ok!

www.glamour.com

I was sorting through some of the classic books today for my internship, and I began to mentally make a list of all the classics I have yet to read. There should definitely be a list that every person should be required to read since some of these classics are so much a part of our culture.

Check them out yourself, www.dailylit.com/tags/classics

Obviously feeling a bit homesick for Ireland

As the news editor of my school’s student newspaper, I have been kept busy this week with the announcement last Friday that one of the University’s alum and former commencement speaker, Doug Perlitz,  has been indicted with charges of sexually abusing children in Haiti. He had started a school in Haiti to help the kids there, and received almost $2 million in donations from the University community over the past years. Several key members of the University were on the board and the former director of campus ministry was closely tied to the school. Now, the University has no direct involvement in the Haitian school or the Haiti Fund, which was set up to support the school. Nor are they currently willing to speak about anything that they may know.

Members of our staff have worked hard this past week to speak to administration and find out what is exactly going on and what the University knows about the situation. They will only comment off the record. Father Carrier, the former director of campus ministry, is currently mia..no one knows where he is. Or, no one will say where he is. It is being speculated that the University is trying to cover up his whereabouts. At mass this upcoming Sunday, the University plans on speaking to the students about the situation. No press allowed. So where does that leave me?

As a student, I have a right to attend this mass and find out more about the University’s stance on this matter. As an editor for the paper, I also have the right and they duty to report the story as it is, not as how the University wants people to see it. The president of the University issued a statement on Wednesday, the day after the paper goes to print.

This whole ordeal, plus a conversation I had with one of my friends last week, has made me think a lot about the notion of freedom of the press. My friend and I got into an argument about the American press versus European, specifically British, press considering we both studied abroad in Europe. British press is very much to the point whereas American press is sometimes very biased and very controlled. As consumers, the media often directs us towards a certain type of news or story-consider the entertainment industry.

I am intrigued to see how this will all play out in the coming weeks and whether or not our roles as students and reporters will somehow be compromised or questioned.

My favorite so far has been the samplers of modern memoirs. I look at book lists and must-read lists and it is definitely difficult to sort through and find the memoirs that will appeal to me. With these installments, I can read enough to know if the memoir will appeal to me because, let’s face it, there have to be some that I could love almost as I love McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes.
Books versus movies

Last night I watched the new extended trailer for “New Moon,” the movie based on the second book in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight saga. It looks great, and seems to be loads better from the first movie. Now, I’ve read the entire series twice, all four books once before even the first movie came out. I’m a huge Twilight fan and am anxiously awaiting the new movie. It made me wonder, though, if the movie would even come close to the book, no matter how good it is.

I’ve always maintained that when movies are made based on books, the movie can never be as good as its novel counterpart. Take Harry Potter for instance. The movies are terrific, especially with all the graphics and animation. Sometimes it’s pretty amazing to see how they can transform Rowling’s world onscreen. However, unless the movies were 7 hours long (and it still wouldn’t cover everything), the books could never be perfectly transpired onscreen. Rowling has too many minute details that end up being so significant in the end. Although the movies do stick relatively close to the books, parts of the plot and some of the characters are not seen onscreen at all, simply due to the limitations the theater puts on the story.

The same with Twilight. I must say, as much as I love Robert Pattinson’s interpretation of Edward Cullen, the first movie did not capture the lore and center of Meyer’s story. I remember being extremely hyped as I walked into the theater and then as I was watching the movie, I was thinking to myself how different and unparallel it was to the book. I’m glad I read the books first because it enabled me to see the Twilight world in my own eyes rather than in Summit Entertainment’s eyes. But isn’t it funny how that always works out? That the movie, no matter what, is never as good as the book it is based on. Could be I’m just partial to reading.

This is a Wall Street Journal article about how the generation of 9/11 is now on the brink of adulthood. Since it’s the 8th anniversary of 9/11 today and since I’m a New Yorker who is a part of the 9/11 generation (I was 13 at the time), I thought it would be appropriate.