well-written essays. okay.
i don’t know how to quantify or qualify what makes these stand out to me. some are cool and arch and elegant, and some are rough and jagged and white-hot with fury, some are scientific, some are intimate. for some it’s to do with the voice and others it’s the rhythm or the structure or the lexicon or the ways of looking. i’ve included links to all of them—if you’re searching for stylistic inspiration i’d suggest rifling through until you find one that hooks you.
- susan sontag, “notes on camp” and “illness as metaphor”
- richard hofstadter, “the paranoid style in american politics”
- marina warner, “chamber of secrets: the sorcery of angela carter”
- bell hooks, “is paris burning?" and "killing rage" and "understanding patriarchy”
- d.l. rosenhan, “being sane in insane places" (tw: mental illness)
- anne carson, “decreation”
- david grann, “the mark of a masterpiece”
- garrett hardin, “the tragedy of the commons”
- frank kermode, “the end”
- tim o’brien, “how to tell a true war story”
- david simon, “in baltimore, no one left to press the police”
- laura mulvey, “visual pleasure and narrative cinema”
- virginia woolf, “on being ill" and "a room of one’s own” and “the death of the moth”
- rachel carson, “the marginal world”
- anthony lane, “the master”
- philip gourevitch, “after the genocide" (tw: brutality, murder)
- janet malcolm, “iphigenia in forest hills”
- james baldwin, “notes of a native son”
- oscar wilde, “the truth of masks” and ”the soul of man under socialism”
- donald barthelme, “not-knowing”
- david foster wallace, “consider the lobster" and "shipping out”
- annie dillard, “the death of a moth”
- hélène cixous, “the laugh of the medusa”
- george orwell, “politics and the english language”
- naomi klein, “baghdad: year zero”
- aldous huxley, “the doors of perception”
- elaine scarry, “on beauty and being just”
- neal stephenson, “mother earth mother board”
- george packer, “the megacity”
- salman rushdie, “the disappeared”
- chris jones, “the honor system”
- david eagleman, “the brain on trial”
- mark bowden, “the dark art of interrogation" (tw: torture)
- peter stark, “freezing to death" (tw: death, body horror)
- jessica mitford, “behind the formaldehyde curtain" (tw: death)
- philip larkin, “the pleasure principle”
- roland barthes, mythologies
- maria bustillos, “not fade away”
- alice walker, “looking for zora”
- oliver sacks, “speed”
- joan didion, “after life" (tw: death) and "some dreamers of the golden dream”
- james gleick, “seeing faster”
- mike jay, “the reality show" (tw: mental illness)
- hunter s. thompson, “he was a crook”
- michael chabon, “the omega glory”
- zadie smith, “joy" and "speaking in tongues”
- elif bautman, “the murder of leo tolstoy”
By Ethan Palm
A common fear is that Davis lacks good Mexican food. This is false. Davis can satisfy any culinary craving you might have. To assuage any fears, I set out to sample a burrito from every restaurant that serves them. After countless servings of pollo asado, carne asada, and a few too many breakfast burritos I can confidently say the only aspect of Mexican food you’ll be missing is the hometown feel of your local burrito joint. Below are a few burrito profiles and recommendations. (Editor’s note: there is no such thing as too many breakfast burritos, but keep reading)
What I ate: carne asada California burrito
What I thought: so full, so happy, would eat again
dat first bite doe
Feeling a craving for a Southern California classic, I hit up Taqueria Davis for a California style burrito. For the uninitiated, a California style burrito is a delicious carne asada burrito happily stuffed with fries or potatoes. If you haven’t had one, you haven’t lived.
First off, the employees at Taqueria Davis are awesome. The nicest guys and true burrito experts. That already makes the dining experience great for me. The food is equally great. The potatoes in the Cali burrito were cooked perfectly and everything melted together into a delicious explosion of sour cream, cheese, meat, and all the other burrito fixings. Portion wise, it could have easily been two meals. I made it one.
Taqueria Davis also gets a shoutout for their tacos (go figure). Easily the best in Davis, but there are better to be found if you venture out to Winters, Woodland, or Dixon.
Want to make a night of your Taqueria Davis experience? Stop by the Red Box located in the same strip mall and grab a DVD. My Cali burrito was complemented by Cars.
What I ate: pollo asado super burrito
What I thought: is there any other way to watch soccer than while eating a delicious burrito?
Got to leave a little to the imagination
El Burrito has taken Davis by storm. Located in the heart of downtown it is always beckoning you to drop in for lunch or when soccer is on. Conveniently, their food is tasty and well priced.
I personally prefer their vegetarian burritos, but hearing rumors that their meat wasn’t high quality I took a plunge for you, dear readers, and got a chicken burrito. I can tell you those rumors are unfounded. The chicken was spiced to perfection and oh so good. El Burrito also has the best chips I’ve had at a Mexican restaurant in Davis and are all you can eat if you dine in. They also have a decent salsa selection and my favorite pickled carrots.
El Burrito also happens to be open until 2 AM on the weekends. Just saying.
Yes, there is one. Moving on.
What I ate: chicken burrito combo plate
What I thought: ¡que bueno!
Taqueria Guadalajara (colloquially Guad or Guads) has the price to taste ratio down. Their burritos are cheap, but absolutely packed with flavor. The chicken burrito that comes with their combo plate is actually just pollo asado in a tortilla, but it was honestly as satisfying or more so than other burritos in town. Their regular burritos are even more amazing. They have phenomenal breakfast burritos for the cheapest I’ve seen in town. If you’re feeling really thrifty, split a super giant burrito with a friend— it’s the size of three burritos. If you’re feeling really ambitious, try to eat a whole giant super burrito on your own.
I really don’t think I’m doing the flavors justice, so imagine this spoonful of yogurt is a burrito and I am this baby.
That’s what Guad is like.
Special shout out to their chips for being the perfect size for scooping up salsa. You don’t have to deal with taking a bite of a giant chip only for it to shatter in your hands and spill salsa all over you. Not that that is something that has happened to me.
Burritos = Happiness
So there you have some quality burrito options. Mexican food lovers, have no fear; Davis is brimming with burritos. Davis students, what’s your favorite burrito location? Think I got it completely wrong (or completely right)? Let us know!
Now, I am as fascinated with Harry Potter as any fangirl can be, and ever since I was younger, I have been following along with the series, until the last book and movie came out. As many fans remember, in between the publication of each book, many people would pose theories about what they believed were coming next. Some proved to be correct, ie. RAB’s identity and Harry being a horcrux. However, some were never proven to be true. Below is a list I’ve been compiling of essays on this topic, basically people’s insane theories (though they actually make them seem quite plausible) when it comes to the books. Now, most of these were written before the end of the series, so that should be bared in mind and I’m still trying to find more essays. Let me know if you know of any other theory essays and enjoy this list of fascinating Harry Potter theories!
ALTERNATIVE ENDING TO HARRY POTTER: This theory puts a twist on the prophecy, arising the idea that Harry is now immortal because he cannot die unless it’s at Voldemort’s hand.
DUMBLEDORE IS NOT DEAD: I’ve only read a bit of this essay, but it has a very interesting support for it’s case, so I’d suggest reading it merely for that alone! HERE’S ANOTHER ESSAY WHICH DEALS WITH THE THEORY IN A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT APPROACH.
GODRIC’S HOLLOW AND THE TIME TRAVELER: This theory states that Harry would possibly time travel back to Godric’s hollow in the last book. Granted this was written before the Deathly Hallows, but it would have been an interesting plot!
HERMIONE’S CAREER POST-HOGWARTS: This is a cute little theory about how Hermione will end up going to work for Fred and George after Hogwarts, a complete twist to what everyone would expect of her.
IF THE CAT COULD TALK: This is an essay on my favorite theory, that crookshanks is an animagus, more specifically, Regulus Black. I think it would have been an amazing twist!
LUDOVIC BAGMAN - THE BLONDE DEATH EATER?: So this essay is quite interestingly posing that Ludo Bagman is in fact a death eater, who managed to use his charm and quidditch popularity to escape prosecution.
MADAM PINCE: IS SHE REALLY EILEEN PRINCE?: So this essay deals with the idea that Madam Pince, the librarian is really Eileen Prince, aka. Snape’s mother. Quite an interesting theory!
MCGONAGALL IS A TRAITOR: So this theory quite interestingly proclaims that Professor Minerva Mcgonagall is in fact a traitor. It seems like an insane theory, but the writer has some interesting points! ANOTHER ESSAY ON THIS THEORY.
MRS. DUMBLEDORE?: This essay is about the possibility that Dumbledore was married to the sweets cart lady. It has some interesting points, but I think it was written before J.K outed Dumbledore.
NEEDING MORE TIME: So this theory considers the possibility that Dumbledore wanted Hermione to receive the time turner in the third book as an extra defense against Sirius Black and was told by Lupin about Harry’s time travelling as it was happening.
PHILOSOPHER’S STONE - DUMBLEDORE’S PERSPECTIVE: So this theory interestingly poses that Dumbledore purposely steered Harry toward going after the philosopher’s stone because of his knowledge of the prophecy and how Harry’s mother’s sacrifice protects him until he’s of age. THIS ESSAY ALSO PONDERS A SIMILAR THEORY.
PONDERING PETER PETTIGREW: This essay contemplates Peter Pettigrew’s ancestry and the idea that one of the reasons he wasn’t suspected as the traitor by others was because he is muggle born and why he is so looked down upon by other death eaters.
PRONGS LIVES ON: This theory doesn’t have much on it, but I’ve seen it appear in several places. Basically it’s about the idea that Remus Lupin and James Potter swapped places before Voldemort came and that James lives on as Lupin, keeping his true identity a secret.
THE BENDABLE VOW: This essay deals with the idea that the reason Dumbledore’s hand was shriveled and he was dying wasn’t because of the horcrux but because he was the one who made the unbreakable vow with Narcissa, disguised as Snape at the start of half blood prince.
THE SIBLING THEORY: This theory is about how Hermione could be James and Lily’s long lost daughter and Harry’s sister. It’s quite an interesting concept that has been explored a lot in the fan community. HERE’S ANOTHER ESSAY ON THIS THEORY.
TONKS IN DISGUISE?: This essay plays around with the idea that in the half blood prince, when Harry runs into Tonks in the Hogwarts corridors, it isn’t actually Tonks but Narcissa Malfoy in disguise! Quite an interesting theory I think! THIS THEORY DEALS WITH A SIMILAR CONCEPT, BUT WITH DRACO DISGUISING AS TONKS.
WEASLEY IS OUR KING: This is a full essay about the wildly popular theory that Dumbledore is actually Ron Weasley, who has travelled back in time. It actually manages to adhere to a lot of the similarities between both Ron and Dumbledore as well as explain the knowledge Dumbledore seemed to have about things Harry did supposeably on the sly. (This theory fascinates me and I sincerely hope there’s fan fiction about it.)
WHAT DID DOBBY KNOW?: This essay arises the idea that Lucius Malfoy intended on giving Harry Riddle’s diary in the chamber of secrets and that Dobby knew this, hence his warnings for Harry not to return to Hogwarts.
WHAT HARRY POTTER IS ACTUALLY ABOUT: Basically this theory states that magic and Hogwarts is actually a figment of Harry’s imagination and that he’s actually in a mental institution. It poses some very interesting alternatives to the events that actually happened in the book but it does add a whole new level of depressing to the series.
WHY DRAMIONE?: I guess this is more of a shipping essay than anything, but it’s an interesting theory about Draco and Hermione having confusing feelings for each other. It raises some good points! ANOTHER ESSAY ON THIS TOPIC.
WILLY WONKA AND HIS FACTORY ARE PART OF THE POTTERVERSE: This interesting theory crosses over the worlds of Roald Dahl’s infamous children’s book and the Harry Potter series. It’s quite a fascinating theory!
This is an accessory store where everything is $1.
They even have cosmetics! brushes, lipstick, and lashes as well as cute socks and panties!!
Because I know some of you lovelies are glam but poor. It’s good for your mental health to do something nice, even if it’s cheap as dirt.
spreading for all my rad as fuck followers. treat yo self, you gorgeous babies