The Oberlin Review

English Translation of Hungarian Classic Retains Modernist Whimsy of Original

Aaron Botwick, Staff Writer

April 15, 2011

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...

Drag Ball: The Show Went On

Drag Ball: The Show Went On

John Light, Editor-In-Chief

April 15, 2011

Early on Friday, April 8, President of the Drag Ball Committee and College senior Hunter O’Neill received an e-mail from City of Oberlin Fire Marshal Dennis Kirin informing him that he had limited Drag Ball attendance to 280 people: 100 in the ’Sco and 180 in DeCafé. “The minute I saw this information,...

Lord Zedd Karate Chops Power Ranger Biography

Sarp Yavuz, Staff Writer

April 15, 2011

“Villains are disposable because they don’t have to develop,” the evil Lord Zedd says to David Yost, the actor who played the blue Power Ranger, during one scene from College junior Nick Parlato’s Lord Zedd or Treatment. Suppressing the urge to roll my eyes at the umpteenth thesis statement that...

Horny Piscapo’s Arm Confuses Audiences

Eva Sachs, Staff Writer

April 15, 2011

Sex, relationships, sex and relationships, drugs, sex, relationships. That basically covers the thematic material covered by last Saturday’s show with sketch comedy group Piscapo’s Arm. Despite the aerial showcase happening upstairs, the show in the Cat in the Cream was well attended. Unfortunately,...

Despite High Entertainment Value, “Few Days of Trouble” and “Broken and Contrite Heart” Backslide Into Melodrama

EJ Dickson, Arts Editor

April 15, 2011

As any dramatic writing teacher will tell you, all great theater is centered around conflict, and while its greatness may be up for debate, College senior Heather Harvey’s Honors projects, A Few Days of Trouble and A Broken and Contrite Heart, is no exception. Harvey’s work deals with a wide range...

Focus Group Screenings Bring Experimental Film To A Living Room Near You

Lizzie Conner, Staff Writer

April 15, 2011

Every Wednesday night, “Focus Group” happens somewhere in Oberlin. It began with screenings in the basement of Mudd as part of Brett Kashmere’s cinema studies class, Exhibition Practices in the Media Arts, but after the first few weeks, Kashmere and his students agreed that the space felt tooinstitutional. So they ...

Riot Grrrl Rocks the ‘Sco

Riot Grrrl Rocks the ‘Sco

Abby Hawkins, Staff Writer

April 15, 2011

For anyone who thinks that feminism is a fading trend, one look at the ’Sco during Riot Grrrl Night last Thursday, jam-packed with kids of all genders thrashing and singing at the top of their lungs in a raucous ode to female empowerment, would change their mind. The event, sponsored by The Obe...

On the Record: The Mysterious Daniel Johnston

Beatrice Rothbaum, Editor-In-Chief

April 15, 2011

There are a lot of compilations of your work, like the Story of An Artist box set that was released last year. Are you still fond of your earlier recordings? I don’t really listen to it that much, but when I’m with friends sometimes and they put it on, it’s not bad to hear it. Then I think, ...

JackFest!: Controversial Student-Run Music Festival Reveals Headliners

JackFest!: Controversial Student-Run Music Festival Reveals Headliners

Alex La Ferla, Staff Writer

April 15, 2011

“This is what I want to do with my life. This is my passion,” said College senior Jackworth Smith in an interview last Friday. Smith was referring to JackFest, a promising yet controversial music festival that he and fellow collaborator, College senior Harry Israelson, have planned for this May ...

Magpie Pizza Review: Hipster Casual Eatery Sets Scrumptious New Precedent For Local Pizza

EJ Dickson, Arts Editor

April 6, 2011

Kvetching about the lack of decent pizza on campus is something of an Olympic sport at Oberlin, with transplanted New Yorkers and Chicagoans taking the gold medal. One rarely walks past the dining halls without overhearing bearded hipsters lamenting the meat lovers’ pie at Stevie, or bespectacled first-years...

Highlights From Cleveland International Film Festival: Midwestern Sundance Features Just As Much Talent, More Snow

Abby Hawkins and Lizzie Conner

April 6, 2011

From March 24-April 3, the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival screened a diverse array of 150 features and 130 short films from about 60 different countries, featuring the works of first-time directors and world-renowned filmmakers alike. Hundreds of filmmakers and other guests from around the...

On The Record: The Vivian Girls

Beatrice Rothbaum, Editor-in-Chief

April 6, 2011

Perhaps the most significant lo-fi act to emerge from the Brooklyn scene in the last few years, the Vivian Girls followed their 2008 self-titled debut with Everything Goes Wrong in 2009. The trio’s songs tend to consist of two or three chords apiece, the vocals are often off-key and the lyrics a...

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