Williams

The house really didn’t look that good.

For months I’d given the benefit of the doubt, the way that an unfinished structure takes on excuses when the people building it are in love. They built this house too close to Bill Williams mountain. His girl was tall and when she became pregnant, she didn’t bat an eye. She held joists up to drywall so he could hammer, her stomach round in the cold.

This was in the dusk of winter, when the dry air would go from one world of cold to the next with the drop of the…


Kelp, Line, and Sinker

A lot of modern literature surrounding climate change focuses on the consumer relationship and small steps that we can take to reduce our impact. These honest attempts to mitigate are often driven by and born out of the same capital and trends of overproduction that are responsible for the climate disaster. While this information is useful in understanding the sheer gravity of the human relationship with climate, this tactic not only places blame on the consumer, it reduces climate change to something that can be combatted simply via reduction.

The truth of the matter is that…


The circulation of semiological systems in fictional communities is perhaps the backbone of literary cultural anthropology. Willa Cather’s The Professor’s House provides a boldly elusive ontological framework of relationships that result in the formation of social codes, messaging, and gestures. Using anthropological scaffolding laid out by Clifford Geertz’s semiotic webs, we can uncover the deeper meanings of character development in the text as a study on Cather’s time. These webs in the novel are created, enhanced, and signified by overarching experiences with family, masculinity, mourning, queer desire, academic ambitions, cultural preservation, and tonal associations of post-war America. The greatest phenotypic…


Her name was Bailey. She was from Venice Beach and in the biology class I would eventually drop.

I lived in Westwood which I didn’t know I hated at the time. I would stand beside my bike at the Wilshire-405 intersection and stare up at the V.A. building, next to a developing tent city. I’d think about how buildings didn’t have to look like that, and how it made sense that brutalism made me uncomfortable. …


In my life, there’s great dichotomy between hip hop and academia, and for a genre I never think about critically, it’s ubiquitous. My peers throw around subtle critiques about Kendrick, the words of Dr. Dre underscored my high school homecomings, and my best friend and I still listen to Beats, Rhymes, and Life every time we see each other. But in preparation for an academic dialogue on women’s place in hip hop, I realized that I’ve accepted its gender-related foibles as a fact of the genre.

So I started to reflect on my own listening habits with rap and I…


To define a movement as a subculture is to suggest that it lies below the mainstream current. The word subculture alone does not attribute an intent, meaning, or goal pushing said movement. Instead, it gives it a sense of counter-culture elusion. And in times of political upheaval or confusion, the elusive contrary becomes more and more desirable.

Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies is neither an attack on the alt-right nor extreme left, but rather a deep analysis of socio political priorities based on counter-party politics. She criticizes the left’s solipsistic tendencies along with the alt-right’s inability to legitimize discourse. Perhaps…

Charlie Havenick

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