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The Oberlin Review

On the Record: Nusha Martynuk, Founder of OASIS

Kara Brooks, Arts Editor
March 2, 2012
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Literature & Poetry, Music, Theater & Film, Visual Art

Can you tell me a little bit about how OASIS started? In the spring of 2006, I became the director of Dance, and I was talking to the dean at the time about collaboration, teaching more collaboratively and allowing the arts to do more work of that sort. Then, in fall of 2010, it so happened that th...

Love, Actually in Translation

Kara Brooks, Arts Editor
February 17, 2012
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Love has no boundaries, but, as demonstrated by the event “Love in Many Tongues,” perhaps regional boundaries would be the more appropriate term. While some Oberlin lovebirds snuggled up in love nests elsewhere, others showed up at Slow Train Cafe, where Main Street Readings presented a Valentine’s...

“Inner Peace Meets Outer Peace” Showcases Students’ Poetic Prowess

Isaac Shub, Staff Writer
November 11, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

On Nov. 6, a group of 30 or 40 students and faculty gathered at the Cat in the Cream to hear Oberlin’s finest do some poetic slamming at “Inner Peace Meets Outer Peace,” an event hosted by Active Minds at Oberlin and the Oberlin Peace Activists League. I sat next to College junior Aviva Maslow...

Lev Rosen Returns to Oberlin with Newly Published Novel

Kara Brooks, Arts Editor
November 11, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

On the night of Nov. 8, a modest yet devoted number of students and faculty gathered in King 106 to hear Lev A.C. Rosen, OC ’03, read passages from his work of fiction. All eyes were on Rosen as the attendees of his reading towered over him in the massive lecture hall. Nevertheless, Rosen appe...

Art Departments Collaborate with Gordon Square Arts District

Nancy Roane, Staff Writer
October 14, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Literature & Poetry, Music, Theater & Film, Visual Art

Oberlin College’s departments of Theater, Art and Dance are collaborating with the Gordon Square Arts District located in Cleveland’s west side. Oberlin students will soon have the opportunity to get involved in art exhibitions, Winter Term projects and other artistic programs from the neighboring...

Editorial: Rushdie’s Comments Highlight Potential of Literary Thinking

The Editorial Board
October 14, 2011
Filed under Editorials, Literature & Poetry, OPINIONS

“How do you write about a world that makes no sense?” Sir Salman Rushdie’s question nearly faded into the fabric of his convocation speech — partly an account of literature’s functions through history, partly a commentary on modern politics and media from an internationally meta-renowned storyteller...

Snaps to That: The State of Slam Poetry at Oberlin

Abby Hawkins, Arts Editor
October 14, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Despite the numerous readings, workshops and special seminars held for Creative Writing students, the department's curriculum is sorely lacking in nontraditional forms of poetry, including slam — this disconnect that prevents any sort of academic dialogue with the slam scene before it could start....

Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute Comes as Warm Surprise this Winter

Meghan Farnsworth, Staff Writer
October 7, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Music

History will be made during the flash-freeze that is Oberlin during Winter Term. Professional musicians, writers and students aspiring to fill the shoes of admired journalists and critics will have a chance to convene in the Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. Student writers may...

Slam Poet Anis Mojgani Inspires, Awes Fans

Eli Rose
September 23, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Several student poets warmed up the stage for Anis. First was College senior Ryan Magiera, who performed a piece that zigzagged between humor and despair. Next, College junior Lexie Bean did a poem about first kisses and further kisses, and College sophomore Charlie Marks waxed poetic on fathers and...

Spoken Word Performances Captivate

Kif Leswig, Staff Writer
April 29, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Last week, the ’Sco played host to two outside Slam Poets. On April 21, Climbing Poe Tree introduced themselves as activists. Naima and Alixa, the two members of Brooklyn-based duo, draw inspiration from the urban problems of a 21st-century world. Climbing Poe Tree recite furiously physical poems about...

Translation Symposium Stuns Monolingual Obies

Kif Leswing
April 15, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Jed Deppman, head of the Comparative Literature department and organizer of Oberlin’s Ninth Annual Translation Symposium, introduced the symposium by declaring the act of translation as a “serious countercultural force.” On Thursday, April 7 in King 106, Deppman started the symposium by anno...

English Translation of Hungarian Classic Retains Modernist Whimsy of Original

Aaron Botwick, Staff Writer
April 15, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Deszö Kosztolányi’s Kornél Esti is an odd, wonderful little book. Published in 1933 at the end of Kosztolányi’s career, the novel, which just received its first English translation, nonetheless has the whimsy and imagination of a young writer emerging at the peak of the Modernist movement. Esti opens with a narrator m...

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