Dream Two: Phantom Letter

Written and Illustrated by Nam Tran

Cortimore was an aspiring novelist, notorious for her hippy hipstery ways, routinely carrying books with the imaginative scrawlings of Kerouac, Fitzgerald, Salinger, and Palahniuk along with her. The problem: beneath her vintage clothing and thick-framed glasses, Cortimore could only make it as far as that one first letter. It could have been an “A,” maybe a “Z” or a “Q,” but all too quickly the jolts of creative genius relinquished from her body and nothing but sparks of futile contemplations would remain.

Even so, Cortimore was not a woman without talent; she had an unfathomable intelligence hidden within her awaiting the most precise occasion in which to arise. However, Cortimore was never much the party type, and had a habit of prolonging such “occasions.” Continue reading

Commentary: Propaganda Ends Where Dialogue Begins

Written By Allie Schulz

A Facebook timeline encompasses many facets of human life. Facebook is a place where we go to record events, emotions, and things we find relevant or entertaining. We can see everything unfold on Facebook- birth, death, marriage, divorce. While reading about both meaningful and not-so meaningful topics in my Facebook timeline, I came upon an advertisement that I am going to analyze, using quotes from The Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore.

Facebook has become what we would consider to be a predictable space/place, yet, “Environments are invisible. Their ground-rules, pervasive structure, and overall patterns elude easy perception.” Continue reading

American Horror Story: Murder House


Tate- One of the Main Characters of American Horror Story- has two sides to him…

This creepy show exudes brilliance at every frightening turn. The fine tuned class and sensuality of a film like American Beauty meets the best elements of every horror film you’ve ever loved.  Continue reading

Reviewed: Ocean Beach Comedy at Winstons, May 24th Edition

By Allie Schulz

Thanks for the laughs, Ocean Beach Comedy! Here’s my review of the May 24th Show.

Friday night, Ocean Beach Comedy (OBC) at Winstons, in 4 parts.

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Reviewed: 5 Best Academic Texts

Here at Diversions we take “text” to mean anything literary worth studying: novels, film, graphic narrative, and more. Yes, texts come in a variety of forms. So here are our top five favorite works that just exude sexuality.

Freud1. The Bio-Graphic Novel Freud For Beginners by Richard Appignanesi and Oscar Zarate.  A summary of Freud’s life and works, in Graphic Novel format. Be ready, if you read this in public and people can see the illustration- you’ll be stared at. Incredibly wonderful, but graphic, drawings surround his theories, which are broken down quite nicely so that anyone can understand them. A favorite among all types of students. Check out the other “For Beginners” series.

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Dream One: The Watchful Watches

Written and Illustrated by Nam Tran, Edited by Allie Schulz

The tinkering sounds of the faceless clock transfigured into the fluid animation of gears and robotics—each part progressing ever further into the realm of majestic function. The crinkles and folds of skin became deeper and stronger, as the watchmaker, for the first time in years became animated. “It worked,” he said, as the beads of joy flowed down his cheeks, soaring through the air as they broke upon the finely detailed etches and sketches of his imagination.

Silence permeated the room as the maker of watches reflected on the magnitude of his invention. He himself was not entirely aware of his invention’s capacity for change, however he did know that every brand from Mont Blanc to Rolex to Omega to Breitling would be begging for the rights to partnership with him. This was his ambition, his dream finally, possibly, fulfilled. Though, not exactly . . . Continue reading

Event Review: 25th Annual MALAS Commencement

Reviewed by Nam Tran, Edited by Allie Schulz

Before me stood the delinquently mad and madly delinquent members of a guild comprised of a generation of polymaths, the future and new renaissance of a world awaiting its metamorphosis: the students and professors in the infamous MALAS- Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences- program at San Diego State University. The experiment beckoned for a mixture of equal parts curiosity, discipline, and support with emphasis on the “INTER-.” The dynamicisms originated from the conception of a motley crew of innovative pioneers. The idea was that a fusion of seemingly disconnected disciplines could yield a group of people to become capable and forward, backward, multi-directional thinking individuals. The experiment was a success and has continued to be a success for 25 years. That success, revealed by program director Bill Nericcio, is in large part because the program is filled with professors of the “people-person” genre. Continue reading

Commentary: Eyes and Ears on the Gatsby Soundtrack

A few of the song lyrics on the soundtrack for the new Great Gastby film relate as much to American Panopticons as the story itself. I’ll call the idea of Gatsby’s obsessions with not only Daisy but in climbing the social ladder his visions of love. In this short essay I will analyze a part of two songs from the soundtrack, and include a bit of related artwork with additional description of what I mean by these visions. Continue reading

Reviewed: Spring Cultural Events in San Diego

This spring I didn’t leave San Diego for a minute, and I experienced a multitude of cultural and art events. Here I review the top 20:

1. A Play of The Bluest Eye @ Moxie Theater. What a great rendition, a lighthearted and fun retelling of a classic story. And one of the lead actresses goes to SDSU! Go Aztecs! The Moxie theater is right by campus, and is an intimate but professional space. Ticket prices were very reasonable, so I went to Urban Solace beforehand!! mmmmmm

2. Salon and Reading with poet Matthew Zapruder, at San Diego State. This guy is up there on the list of famous living poets, and was a truly engaging speaker. He leveled with the audience and talked to us like we were old friends, telling us all about his company, Wave Books, and the process of starting it. Most interesting was how he described and brought examples to illustrate the evolution of the Wave Books cover designs. Check them out here!

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Interviewed: Kevin Kaplan and the Dream Internship

Recently I had the chance to interview my best friend about his experiences as an intern at the New York Times. During the summer of 2012, Kevin Kaplan was an intern copy-editor at the famous newspaper company located in the heart of New York City. Now a recent college graduate from the University of Illinois and Champaign-Urbana with a degree in journalism, Kevin wanted to pass down his experience and wisdom to any young, wanna-be writers and editors. Sit back college students; you’re in for a treat.

New York Times building in Mid-Town Manhattan

New York Times building in Mid-Town Manhattan

DJ: During your entire time at the NYT, what was the biggest thing you learned about the media world? and how is it going to help you in your future career?

KK: Being there gave me a very good sense of the state of print media. It’s not too hot right now. I’m not talking about quality, because The Times is still strong, if not the best, in that regard. So far, the worst year for print media was probably 2009, when I was an underclassman in college, and I believed that everything had more or less stabilized after that. But being at The Times, which is a trailblazer in the industry, showed me the print medium still has a lot of hurdles to overcome, and that gave me valuable perspective regarding my goals for the future.

DJ: What were some things the higher-ups at the NYT were brutality honest about?

KK: They were candid about the state of the industry (print media are in trouble), but there is always going to be work for the people who are the very best at what they do. The overall expectations were sky-high for their writers/reporters (I was an editor). If you’re not the best, you have to compensate by working extremely hard. Some of the worst writers (not just at The Times, but in general) are the most polite people I’ve worked with. They have to be good with people, or else they wouldn’t make it to a high level. Good writing is a treasured skill that is honestly very rare. If you are an above-average writer, there will definitely be work for you somewhere, if for no other reason than most people are so bad at it.

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