Shelley Jackson does not accept the functions of the body and humans as benign. In the series of vignettes that make up her new book released this month from Anchor Books, The Melancholy of Anatomy, Jackson gives the body's parts and functions personalities that are larger than life.
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As the crowds of spring breakers return to the everyday routine of classes, a new theme of complaints seems to be surfacing - and it's not about the courses. The invasion of local culture and less-than-idyllic scenes have crept their way into the sunny life of exotic break locations.
The wind blows through the empty street, past the hollow storefronts begging to be leased. No, it is not the beginning of a Western showdown, but a battle is raging. There are those who wish to preserve all the historic value and attraction downtown Buffalo has to offer. Their battle is against those who take their $40,000 SUVs and push the ever-expanding limits of the "greater Buffalo area."
Like all the horrible hazing stories from past years, the death of an Alfred student and other similar incidents recently reminded me of the value of thinking for yourself. Organizational plus peer pressure equals bad. The sorority idea was never really anything that interested me. Although my way has never been the strikingly popular route, it has been my way.
People with mental disabilities may never meet the standards deemed ordinary in the American psyche. In "I am Sam," directed by Jessie Nelson, the raw emotions and challenges the main character, Sam Dawson (Sean Penn), faces are mirrored in the not-so-perfect life of the lawyer (Michelle Pfeiffer) who has set out to help him.
There were no bright flashing lights, no dramatic announcement - only the music, which would speak for itself. The Baird Trio Wednesday night performance in Slee Hall was devoted entirely to showcasing the talent of UB's prolific music faculty.
Like a breath of ironic fresh air, Scott Thompson, best known for his part in the quirky "Kids in the Hall" sketch comedy series, brought laughter and ridiculousness to UB's Center for the Arts Friday.
As Americans don costumes and gorge on candy, the people of Mexico celebrate Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, which falls on the same day as Halloween.
The message was clear: build on what has been awakened in America and do not let the deaths of Sept. 11 be in vain. On a night that started out warm and progressively became colder and windier, the resolve of a small group gathered for a candlelight vigil at Hilbert College in Hamburg was strengthened.
One hundred years ago, the myth of Niagara Falls was conquered when an unlikely local survived a barrel trip over the falls. Instead of a young, handsome hero, it was Annie Edson Taylor, a 63-year-old unemployed schoolteacher, who beat nature in hopes of lining her pockets with the profits of a lecture tour about her experience.
Adulthood looms. I can feel it.
Often noted as a phase when healthy practices are tossed by the wayside, college students everywhere find themselves relying on caffeine to focus throughout the day and to stay awake during the crucial crunch times, when study seems more crucial than sleep.
As Americans nationwide struggle to deal with the pain inflicted more than a month ago, small readings throughout the community have been helping local poets express their feelings and deal with grief.
Opera buffs gathered Saturday morning to learn about the women of Richard Strauss' operas in the serene setting of the Burchfield-Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College. Stratton Rawson, special projects producer for classical music radio station WNED, lectured his audience on how Strauss used lyrics and instrumentation to convey his characters' emotions.