The Buñuel Riots

The Buñuel Riots

This article originally appeared in Brush off the Dust on November 22. I’m a fan of history and film, and with recent riots hitting news…

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Skaneateles, a history of false etymology

Skaneateles, a history of false etymology

I grew up on Skaneateles Lake, one of the cleanest public lakes in the world, Syracuse’s drinking water, and one of two locations where hydrofracking…

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Van Buren, the first worst president

Van Buren, the first worst president

Truman gets a bad rap. He dropped the atomic bombs, he failed to reign in Stalin, and led America into the Korean War. Nevertheless, he…

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Script Doctor: USA vs. Brazil

Script Doctor: USA vs. Brazil

On July 10, 2011, USA played Brazil in the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals. After an exciting first 90 minutes (including a few controversial calls), the…

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Spielberg's Dueling Movies

Spielberg’s Dueling Movies

Steven Spielberg will be releasing two directorial efforts this December. One, “War Horse,” looks like a standard Spielberg drama. The trailer is filled with filled…

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Cohan vs. Cohan

Cohan vs. Cohan

In 1904, George M. Cohan wrote the patriotic ” Yankee Doodle Boy.” In 1906 he followed up with ” You’re a Grand Old Flag.” For…

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A to Zeppelin: Encouraging you to buy albums I've never heard

A to Zeppelin: Encouraging you to buy albums I’ve never heard

I do not own a single Led Zeppelin album, nor have I ever listened to one. All my “get the lead out” knowledge comes from…

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LBJ: First and Last, Anything but Average

LBJ: First and Last, Anything but Average

Every six years Siena College releases a poll of the Best Presidents of all-time. Usually the race is between Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, but…

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Yay Barca, Nay Yanks

Yay Barca, Nay Yanks

I broke my most important sports commandment. The five commandments are as follows: Always root for Syracuse. If Syracuse is not involved, root for an…

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The Beatles and the quandary of the greatest hits.

The Beatles and the quandary of the greatest hits.

When anyone asked me what my favorite album was, I always said it was something by The Beatles, usually “Help!”, “Revolver”, or “Abbey Road”. So…

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