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Allison J. Scharmann

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Books

‘They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us’ Blends Art And Life

To share every quote from “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us” that is enticingly beautiful or haunting would be to write no review at all, but rather to print an abridged serving of words from Hanif Abdurraqib’s first collection of essays. The spoken word poet’s pieces are deep, uncensored analyses of topics ranging from music to death, from culture to sports, saturated with the weight of his memories and experiences.

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Arts

Top Five: Thanksgiving Movies

Grab yourself some pumpkin pie and escape to the other room, because we’ve put together a list of movies guaranteed to put you in the Thanksgiving spirit!

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Books

‘Mean:’ A Memoir of Touch

The memoir examines themes of gender, race, and sexual assault in a way so accessible and raw that it challenges us to see each of the three not as distant concepts, but as tangible realities. Each story, each memory, reaches out and touches us. “Mean” is, more than anything, a memoir of touch.

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Music

Taylor Swift Albums: The Definitive Ranking

Taylor Swift’s sixth studio album, “Reputation,” comes out Nov. 10. To hold you over, we’re taking a look back at her previous albums—and deciding once and for all which album is truly the best of the best.

Theater

‘Spring Awakening’: Youth in Revolt

The musical, adapted from a play of the same name by Frank Wedekind, addresses themes of sexuality, religion, and communication, among others.

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Books

‘Fresh Complaint’: An Absurd Take on the Mundane

​The everyday gets a makeover in “Fresh Complaint,” but not the kind it expected. In his new collection of short stories, Jeffrey Eugenides, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Middlesex” and “The Virgin Suicides,” takes the banal, routine lives of a cast of restless, deeply flawed characters and throws them completely out of equilibrium.

Theater

‘Next Customer Please’: Retail Therapy through Comedy

“I want it to be levity for the student body—go to the theater and laugh with your friends,” Daurio said.

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Arts

SoWa Fashion Show Reveals Boston Treasures

The fashion show offered a dazzling glimpse into the variety of styles available throughout SoWa’s Thayer Street shops and boutiques, a haven for thrift-shoppers and designer junkies alike.

Books

Patti Smith Doesn’t Need Dark Glasses to be Cool

Smith was slated to discuss her latest novel, “Devotion,” but gave an impromptu concert instead.

Theater

‘The Aliens’: An Intimate Love Letter to the Ordinary

A testament to Baker’s keen sense of the intricacies of the everyday, “The Aliens” is a reflection on the meaning of friendship, the fine line between loser and genius, and the creation of art for the sake of creating anything at all.