Arts, Entertainment, and Food

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Q&A with Emily Hsieh

A view of festival-goers at Boston Calling. Photo taken by the author.

Music festivals and everything in between

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Six overrated classic movies to avoid

A screenshot of a squishy community the author participates in. Screenshot by Alena Tran.

Five tips to starting a squishy collection

Street art in Graffiti Alley. Photo courtesy of Maria O'Malley.

Exploring Boston and its hidden gems

Book displays at Brookline Booksmith. Photo by andtheywerebookmates via Instagram.

Seven things to do to make reading a real habit

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The best things to bake

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Nine coming-of-age movies you need to see before you graduate high school

One of the author's plushies, BunBun.

How to become a plushy enthusiast

The box for the Harmony Ashcroft case in the Unsolved Case Files series.

Four games to play when you are having a family game night

A Jaiden Animations video on the author's laptop, against a closed windowsill. Photo taken by the author.

Jaiden Animations is the reason I’m in therapy

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A tale of two "hobbies"

Sunrise over the author's tree-filled Minecraft world. Photo courtesy of the author.

Something about video games...

Silhouettes of two people playing guitar on the beach at dusk. Photo courtesy of Mike Giles on Unsplash.

You've got a friend in me!

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Painting vs. perfection

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Looking back at the last year

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Holidays during COVID

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Given the circumstances

Still from a black and white film with a non-Asian actor depicting an Asian character. Image courtesy of author.

We should watch movies despite Asian stereotypes

A comic-style illustration of a food desert. Art credit to Shirley Cannon.

Food deserts: bringing awareness during the pandemic

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Local business leaders reflect on surviving one year of COVID-19

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Small businesses are struggling in the pandemic: why?

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Vegans just want more positive change

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Alien bedtime story

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On music

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Hey, Arnold, what’s it like to know you’re loved?

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Elizabeth Keen's journey

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Dear Love, from Romeo

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To all the stories I’ve read before

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Butterfly effect

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Berlin and I

A white and red striped blanket crocheted by the author. Photo taken and provided by the author.

Yarn to masterpiece

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How hair and makeup can empower women and girls

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What online friends taught me about maintaining relationships

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Things to do to stay productive at home

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8 fun different activities you can do during a snow day that is during a pandemic

Photo of a sunrise with a purple and pink sky, courtesy of author Mabel Chen.

Top 4 things to do in quarantine

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Foods that will keep you warm in the winter

Multicolored "Shonen Jump" anime wallpaper. Photo courtesy of Wallpaper Engine.

Anime: Is it a "weird" or "kid" thing?

Writing through the Distance logotype.

"Z Nation" is a show you won't want to stop watching

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'The Mandalorian' delivers on action and suspense

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Come eat with us

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Libraries and why we need them

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Boxing fans upset: should YouTubers be boxing?

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Scalping should be illegal

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I wanted to play baseball

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With my Android, it was my time to get roasted

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The world's most oblivious robbery

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My "Star Wars" marathon

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The great hotdog debate of 2020

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Music, my passion!

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The music of our lives

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Red is sus

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The most thought-provoking episodes of “The Midnight Gospel”

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Six influential books for Black girls

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Cure your boredom with these five movies

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My top six zombie movies

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Six extremely underrated rare aesthetics

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Six activities to try this winter

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Would you consider Mousse desserts during Covid-19?

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My favorite black and white movies

Watching the sunset over the water in Key West, FL. Photo courtesy of Lauren Johnson.

Things to do in Key West, Florida

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What to do when writing fiction

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Ranking all of the “90 Day Fiancé” spin-offs

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Six YA books to read during the quarantine

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Teen girls deserve better representation in books

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The Importance of the Arts in Our Society

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Give homemade a chance and see the difference

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The Academy Awards’ new standards ignore merit

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A strange night of pizza and '2K'

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Senior fall during a pandemic

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Why urban fiction is such an influential genre

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Diversity in Hollywood

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Today's representation isn't enough

Some of Oller's k-pop photos and posters, including a BTS "Love Yourself" poster. Photo courtesy of Jersey Oller.

K-Pop is so much better than American pop

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Queerbaiting is stale

Three BTS albums, "Love Yourself: Tear," "Map of the Soul: 7" and "Wings" stand on a table. Photo courtesy of Bendu David.

BTS in the West

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Cheap fashion comes at a steep cost

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I'm glad I joined Teens in Print

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How are you really feeling today?

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The problem with instagram

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Should influencers have to expose paid sponsorships?

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The NBA is returning too early

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My friends sent me a haunted doll

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The connection between diet and health