Month: August 2017

At Summer’s End

At Summer’s End

Summer is warm and pink, the same floral dress worn day in and day out. Open in the back to let a rare breeze flow through. Berries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; an endless flow of sparkling liquids. Rain all day, nights spent running through […]

How To Dress Like You’re Holly Golightly

How To Dress Like You’re Holly Golightly

How To Dress Like Your Novel is a series in which we explore what Fashion Editor Raquel calls “the pursuit of literary aesthetic coordination.” In this edition, Olivia channels the eternal favorite, one Miss Holly Golightly. When Raquel launched our How To Dress Like Your […]

Race in America – An Introductory Reading List

Race in America – An Introductory Reading List

The events of this past weekend in Charlottesville are impossible to ignore. Where we stand here at The Attic is and should be crystal clear. Where everyone stands ought to be so because there is only one place to stand. There are not and have never been “many sides” to the issue. Either you stand against white supremacy or you accept it*… and if you accept it, well… you should know where that puts you.**

While we firmly stand against white supremacists at The Attic (read Political Editor Lauren Olmeda’s article here), we still need to face the fact that many of us are white, have grown up in predominantly-white countries (four of us in the US itself), and have consequently culturally been rather white-washed. No matter how vigilant we may think we are, we still end up consuming predominantly white media.

I want to learn about race in America and introduce diversity to my bookshelf. Where do I start?

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The KKK and the World Today

The KKK and the World Today

There isn’t much I can say on the topic of white supremacy, Nazism, and the recent horrors in Charlottesville, VA that has not already been said in the past few days (and said far better than I could ever say it). Nevertheless, when I think […]

The Attic Digest: 31st July – 13th August

The Attic Digest: 31st July – 13th August

The Attic Digest is a round-up of our (and your!) favorite posts of the past two weeks, highlighted together and split by activity for your weekend enjoyment. READ: Literature Editor Olivia Lindem discusses her long-overdo discovery of Nora Ephron’s writings. REWIND: Culture Editor Eliza Campbell shares her […]

On (Finally) Reading Nora Ephron

On (Finally) Reading Nora Ephron

We all have that one film that we’ve loved since childhood and that we’ve watched a thousand times because it makes us feel all warm and content and the plot doesn’t so much matter as the fact that we know the twists and turns and find comfort in it all. To me, that film is Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail. I saw it for the first time over October break in the third grade. We got the video cassette tape from Blockbuster, got into our pajamas, and my cinematic world changed forever. I think I watched it twice that week, and then when I went back to school the following Monday, I wrote and gave my “What I Did Over October Break” presentation on You’ve Got Mail. I don’t have my English notebooks anymore, but I remember the little illustration on the side page of Kathleen Kelly, Joe Fox, and the steps of a New York brownstone.

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A Summer of Podcasts

A Summer of Podcasts

Podcasts are steadily becoming my latest obsession. It’s almost like controlling a radio station that is entirely geared towards your interests. There’s nothing quite like a familiar voice in your ear that you can chuckle along with or learn from as you clean, walk, travel, […]

Lauren’s Dublin City Guide

Lauren’s Dublin City Guide

Note: As the Eight live in different cities across the globe, we thought a good way to get to know us would be for us to create guides to all the cities close to our hearts. Once a month, you’ll hear from one of the […]

Dear Lee — The In-Laws on Holiday

Dear Lee — The In-Laws on Holiday

Dear Lee,
This summer, I’m being included in my (not yet) in-laws’ family holidays for the first time. We’re traveling together for a couple of days and staying at a family home with other relatives. I’m nervous, and I want to avoid as many awkward situations as possible. I also want them to know how happy I am to be going on this trip. Do you have any tips?
Thank you!
Hannah
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On Acceptance

On Acceptance

We all need to feel free to talk about our mental health and mental illness without fear of being shamed or rejected for it. Annie Jo’s piece is a beautiful, lyrical take on how one can come to accept living with a mental illness, without […]