If we’re going to be brutally honest here, I’ve never really understood what is so panty-dropping about the whole pumpkin spice phenomenon. But, in the name of Ugg boots and cute Instagram pics and all that is holy, I’ve accepted this fad because I’m a college girl and it would simply be against my culture if I didn’t. More
At first sight, the Boston Freedom Rally held this past weekend in the Commons was exactly what you would expect it to be. There were endless circles of people passing joints, at least thirty white guys wearing Bob Marley t-shirts, and the words “dude” and “chill” were uttered countless times. Yet, if you kept your ear to the ground and drowned out the crappy reggae music playing, many of the people at the event had serious concerns about marijuana legislation. More
Last week, Kim Costa was a mother from Medford, working in the service industry and living the struggle of being a real person among herds of incoming students. It's when she decided to do something about the last part that Costa became something of a local celebrity overnight. More
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For decades, Steve Almond spent his Septembers much like any other football fan. He began his love/hate relationship with the Raiders, cheered them on in the excitement of a new season, and felt the heartbreak as the weeks unfolded and the losses kept coming, or thrilled as the team started stacking wins. These days Almond feels a different kind of heartbreak – that of losing his beloved sport to the intrusion of his conscience. He had felt pangs of it before, watching the violence of the game and reading the stories about high school, college, and pro athletes suffering permanent physical and psychological damage from their chosen sport. The breaking point happened when he came face-to-face with the type of dementia players experience in their latter years. His mother had been hit by a truck, and years later, developed a dementia that threatened her life, though thankfully it turned out to be temporary. More
This week's releases may not have the big names attached that last week did, but it doesn't mean that it's short on good new jams. Check out a debut record from a famous dad-rocker and his son, a sure-to-be breakout album from some Oklahoma garage-rats, and some pleasant dance pop to soundtrack that fall rave that you've been planning.
Joe is a homeless 26-year-old who had a bit too much fun and ended up homeless on the streets of New York. At least that's what this ridiculous video from fellow Millennial content-makers Elite Daily reports. And once you hear Joe open his mouth, you'll realize that there's probably good reason for it. More
“Freedom”–or some other delightfully pungent aroma—was in the air last weekend at the 25th Annual Boston Freedom Rally, known commonly as Hempfest. Cannabis connoisseurs and curious Bostonians alike hit up the Boston Common (no pun intended) to not only relax and enjoy life, but to also show their support for marijuana policy reform—an issue that has found its way to the 2016 ballot. More
Oh the '90s...those long nights filled with countless episodes of "Clarissa Explains It All" or re-watching "Space Jam," while wearing any combo of red, blue and white Tommy Hilfiger garb, and jamming to TLC or Nirvana, whatever your 'scene' was back in the day. Yes, in many ways, it was a terrible time for fashion, but for everything lame like fanny packs or 98 Degrees songs, there was something awesome about the '90s, like Surge soda. More
It’s officially the last full week of summer. On the bright side, I misplaced my sunglasses three times since the beginning of this sentence, so it’ll be nice to go out to this week’s events without them. The down side to that, of course, is some stranger on the street might accidentally make eye contact with me, a massive invasion of personal space. Keep your eyes on the sidewalk, people. This isn’t the Midwest. More
Gamers in Oculus virtual reality headsets and game controllers in hand infiltrated MIT on Saturday for the annual Boston Festival of Indie Games. From interactive tabletop games to cutting-edge video games, eager-to-play attendees were introduced and encouraged to play a slew of innovative games created by the talented game makers and independent game developers from in and around New England.
Today, the Internet is up in arms about Urban Outfitters. And not because of their egregiously high prices, but because of their egregiously high priced "Vintage Kent State" sweatshirt, which has splatterings of (probably non-accidental) red dye all over it. Is it OK to be really mad about this? Let's get some perspective first, shall we? More
Recently I took a two-week vacation and asked one of my best friends to catsit for me. One of the last days I was gone, when she walked into my place, kitty ran out and disappeared. I've put up signs since I got back, but it's been a couple weeks now, and I know the chances are my cat is gone for good, probably dead. I know it was an honest mistake, but I can't help it: I'm super pissed at my friend, to the point where I can't even look her in the eye. She's apologized profusely, and she contacted all the local shelters and pet hospitals before I got home to help, but I can't get over it. What do I do? It feels petty to end the friendship over this, but I can't even be civil to her.More
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