Fall 2014 Preview: Living Under the Arch

Photo by Larry Wu

Photo by Larry Wu

“What’s the last thing someone important said to you?”

“Be safe, be brave.”

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Fall 2014 Preview: Kissing People

By Ariana DiValentino

Kissing is weird. If you put any thought into it, the concept sounds at best strange and at worst downright gross. You mash your face into another person’s, exchange a bodily fluid most people go out of their way to avoid and explore the inside of that person’s mouth — from which they speak, emote, eat Sunday morning bagels, drink tequila and sometimes regurgitate that tequila — with your big, slobbery, pink tongue muscle. It’s romantic. It’s sexy. And it’s undeniably personal.

I’m acting in a play right now that involves quite a bit of kissing, and kissing of all types. Sweet, romantic kisses, welcome-home-I-made-dinner kisses, sloppy drunken kisses. And since neither of my castmates (and kissing-mates) nor I are trained or seasoned thespians, I’d say there’s a pretty tangible reservation felt among all. It gets easier with each rehearsal, as we all become more comfortable with our characters, rather than our real selves fake-kissing other people’s real selves. Still, what we’re doing is just finding creative ways to imitate kissing. No matter how close our faces get, a stage kiss is a stage kiss, not a real kiss.

Photo by Dana Reszutek

Photo by Dana Reszutek

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Fall 2014 Preview: My Great Day at NYU

By Michael Frazier

“This is going to sound really weird, but when I get on stages, I don’t get nervous — I get excited.”

CAS freshman Mohamed Hassan passionately recounted how it felt to be chosen as one of the six students to pitch ideas about their deepest passions at TEDxNYU: The Pitch. Held during Violet 100, NYU’s annual spirit week, the event brought together students of all years and schools to pitch — in 300 seconds — their passions, research or dreams in front of their peers.

The event ran similarly to the format of a conventional TEDx Talk, but judges decided which of the six students would get to move on to the global TEDxNYU in the spring. Out of the six students, Hassan was the only freshman on stage.

“My pitch was talking about the undergraduate mentality,” Hassan said. “How people think, since you’re younger than the other graduates, or people out in the real world, you can’t really get a job or do much in your career. So I just talked about my story as a journalist, like getting out there, and meeting all of these people.”

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Fall 2014 Preview: In My Other Life

Our professors design the courses, create classroom culture and, above all, loom large and play a dominant role in defining our community. But who are they when they aren’t lecturing, giving assignments and grading exams? “In My Other Life” is a column that intends to explore the intriguing lives of NYU’s professors both outside of the classroom and before they began teaching.

By Emma Scoble

Professor Sean Eve made quite an impression on me when he gave out the first assignment of Writing I, to “write a sex scene.” I vividly remember my embarrassment as I blurted out, “Ew!” He laughed heartily as if to say, “Welcome to NYU!”

Immediately, I knew that I was in for a wild ride — and a wild ride it has been! From that first suggestive assignment, Professor Eve created a workshop environment that was both open and fearless. Our assignments, though given in an open format, instructed us to, as he put it, throw ourselves at the world by taking actions of personal significance and then reflecting on and being inspired by them in our writing. In this intimate workshop setting, Eve sprinkled in casual stories of intriguing past endeavors, travel adventures and hilarious tales of lovers and stalkers. Through the course of our interview, Eve’s anecdotes included being abducted and held captive in the wilderness by an admirer during college, falling in love while writing a love story at NYU Florence, and partying with a collective of German lesbian sex performers.

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Fall 2014 Preview: Modern Love

By Larry Wu

I have to thank social media for modernizing love in this new and constantly changing tech age. Like so many relationships today, ours started on Facebook where we exchanged half-hearted interests through wall posts, showing signs of attraction without fully committing. C and I knew of each other through mutual friends from school through the newspaper club that were involved in. They would tease us about our little notes thinking we would get together. But, at the moment, it wasn’t ideal timing. It was the beginning of spring, and I had recently gotten dumped by my former girlfriend, and C had gotten into a relationship with a close friend of mine. However, C and I talked occasionally, masking our hidden newfound interest in each other the more we got to know each other via Facebook chat (Thank you again, Zuckerberg). That’s when I found out she had her own personal blog on Tumblr, mainly filled with reblogged posts of #foodporn, #cats and #hipster. But, in between the infinite scrolling of filtered pictures and food that was meant to be modeled rather than eaten, she wrote snippets about her personal life and short fictional stories that kept me coming back — even if that meant scrolling through an endless amount of strawberry shortcakes and the most aesthetically pleasing, geometric tattoos that could exist on the Internet.

The school year ended, summer began and by then I had my own blog. Most of the posts served as a personal journal for me where I also experimented with (very) amateur poetry and fiction writing. Of course, C was my first follower and she, too, had started another blog dedicated exclusively to writing. Writing personal posts and recounts of my days were strange to me because I never wrote them down in journals (I never had owned one prior to that), but for some reason I felt comfortable sharing well over half of my private thoughts with the Internet. But then again, only C was reading what I wrote, and I was comfortable with that. However, whenever we encountered each other at a friend’s house or in school, there was always a polite reserve that we both gave off, as if we were good friends online and acquaintances offline. It was as if we had no hesitation to confide our problems and secrets to the entire Internet when we couldn’t even mutter a word to each other in real life.

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