Who Gets the Rose?

By M. Steck  It’s Valentine’s day. You’re a flower salesman, circling restaurants and wheedling men into buying roses for their female companions..but that table..they’re both men..how can that be?? Of course, Valentine’s day is a celebration of open, joyful love. But when you aren’t allowed to be open or joyful about your love, what is Valentine’s Day? I spoke with Michael Sabatino, Robert Voorhees, and Brad Crownover to supplement this piece with some personal accounts.…

The Moby Dick Experience

By: John M. Moby Dick, it’s the American Epic: a 600+ page monster considered one of the greatest works of our young nation’s literature. Last year, I spotted the leviathan lurking in the depths of my American Romanticism syllabus, and “proud as Lucifer,” I committed myself to reading it (mostly so that I might brag about the conquest to reinforce my fragile egoistic identity, but this is beside the point). In my near infinite wisdom…

The Fault in our Sequels 

By Madeline Perez  We are living in a dystopian nightmare. This is not up for debate. What is up for debate, however, is what exactly makes this tormented hellscape we call ‘slice of life’ so dystopian. Some of the politically minded may think it’s the libs, with their social medias and their genders; others, the rightists, with their Columbus Day and gas stoves. I’m proud to say that it is neither and that I am…

The Best Music of 2022

By Dillon O’Toole Well, the end of yet another year is fast approaching. That means only one thing: I get to talk about what great music came out this year! As always, this article (that’s totally not a list expanded into paragraphs) will be heavily biased as I won’t be considering anything that I haven’t listened to. So, if you read this and you don’t see one of your favorites on here, I probably just…

I Don’t Care about Your Spotify Wrapped 

By Our Staff I’ve spent the last twelve months plotting my revenge. Last year I got endlessly bullied for my “cringe” Spotify Wrapped. At 100 Gecs they winced; at Three Doors Down they gaffed; at Maroon 5 they chortled. Ever since, I’ve had nothing in the gleam of my eye besides violent overthrow. Everyday I curated my tastes to the highest degree of refined culture; over one hundred years of recorded music at my fingertips.…

Coulter Catastrophe at Cornell

By Logan Blakeslee Something was amiss on the cold night of November 9, 2022. In the prestigious Myron Taylor Hall at Cornell University, a large crowd gathered to hear a guest speaker who carries a certain degree of infamy in American media, Ann Coulter. An author, commentator, and conservative firebrand, Coulter was bound to attract some negative attention while visiting one of the most liberal colleges in New York, if not the United States. The…

Paradoxically Fun

By Dillon O’Toole If any of you have read my article from last semester, “Yet Another Brick Wall,” you will know that I find great enjoyment in video games. That article in particular talked about my appreciation for a specific genre of video game most prominently made by the developer FromSoftware. A major takeaway from that article was that you can find enjoyment in a genre that many find frustrating. Don’t worry, this article won’t…

The Online Romanticization of Mental Illness 

By Madeline Perez Mental illness comes with more than just a diagnosis. As stated by Wulf Rössler in The Stigma of Mental Disorders, “There is no country, society or culture where people with mental illness have the same societal value as people without a mental illness.” Societal stigma against mentally ill people is an ever-changing form, shaped through education, media, and their effects (or lack thereof) on individuals. Our culture can greatly affect how we…

An Interview with Rakefet Abergel

By Matilde Steck Rakefet Abergel is a California-based Israeli actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. She has had roles in major films, but in the last five years has risen as an extraordinary talent in horror filmmaking, with two notable recent films being Jax in Love and Boo.  Can you explain, in your own words, who you are as a filmmaker?  Rakefet began in cinema as an actress but moved into directing and especially writing to…

Madeline wrote a creepypasta while jon was at the jail

By our staff THE BEARCAT’S PAW It was a dark, evil night. Really just the average weather in Binghamton, but this night was particularly the evilest and darkest night we had seen in a while. Another Binghamton Review meeting was coming to a close. We had just designed the funniest and most perfect magazine issue the world had ever seen when we were interrupted by a strange knock at the door. Who could it be?…

Reading is Fundamentally Ill

By Madeline Perez Let me be clear. I am NOT like other girls. I don’t spend my time applying make-up and being conventionally attractive. I don’t own a hairdryer, can’t do dishes, and am able to read an analog clock. Every day, I throw my humble brunette locks into a messy bun and put on clothes that leave everything to the imagination until I am nothing more than an idea. I am cynical and satirical…

TOP X SYSTEM OF A DOWN SONGS

By nitrodude359 Wednesday 9/14/22  Number 10: Flake (Untitled 1995 Demo Tape) Very heavy song (played in drop B)! Simple but great riffs. This song has commonly been confused for Toast, which is the outro to PIG (the predecessor to Mr. Jack, on the 1995 Demo), so it is known as both Toast or Flake on Youtube. You know you’re listening to Flake when the chorus is “You flake, you flake, you motherfucking flake!”   Number 9:…

Submissive Indiana Jones: could this top archeologist ‘bottom?’

By Madeline Perez Let’s get to the point. Indiana Jones makes me feel things. WAIT –HOLD ON–DON’T GO. I DIDN’T FINISH. Indiana Jones makes me feel things about familiar 80s tropes and their impact. More specifically, common romantic tropes. In clearer detail, romantic tropes where domineering men cross a few boundaries because their stubborn, perky love interests won’t stop playing coy and saying “no”. NOW WAIT JUST A SECOND. Hear me out. I SWEAR I’m…

Accounts from a Gen Z Male in 2028 – Part I

By Anonymous The year is 2028. The Sixth Coalition War for Ukraine has begun. The threat of nuclear annihilation has been nullified by the New Strategic Defense Initiative (a.k.a. the “Star Wars sequels”). A network of satellites detect and destroy any ICBM five seconds after launch, allowing NATO and League of Nations II forces to intervene. A company of American forces now guard the Ukraine-Russia-Jeb! border from their bunker. A recent conscript recounts his last…

The Silliest of Seasons

By Dillon O’Toole After reading the title of this article, you may find yourself contemplating what exactly is the silliest season of the year.  You most likely aren’t thinking winter, as winter is too bleak of a season to contain any sort of humor.  Maybe your brain thought of summer, as it’s typically seen by many as the season of joy and fun activities due to its associated sunny weather.  Or, perhaps, you thought of…