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What Mario Vargas Llosa's Classic Novel Teaches Us About War

What Mario Vargas Llosa’s Classic Novel Teaches Us About War

If the history of nations could be whittled down to one element, it would be violence. War, the domineering force of endless violence, is central in the re-telling of any history, whether its a comedic depiction like in Catch-22 or a brash expos√© like in Slaughterhouse-5. However, Mario Vargas Llosa’s gruesome fourth novel,¬†The War of…

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The Art of Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution
The Art of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

When the barriers and tents came down on December 14, Hong Kong was whole again. Harcourt Road, one of the main arteries that run through Hong Kong Island, once a hodgepodge of makeshift camps, tear gas stand downs, and spontaneous concertos, returned to the usual hectic, congested fareway, connecting the city to financial centers, governmental…

Meet Krinkles, a Creepy '60s Mascot That Hocked Cereal to Terrified Children
Meet Krinkles, a Creepy ’60s Mascot That Hocked Cereal to Terrified Children

Out of the most commonly feared characters, clowns are the most enigmatic. Aren’t they supposed to bring joy and laughter to our lives? Aren’t they supposed to remind us of mirth and magic? How did this seemingly harmless archetype become fodder for Stephens King’s IT, The Joker, and the real life clown killer himself, John…