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Books in quarantine

They’re like pacifiers. Though it’s more involved than that; bad comparison. Something distracting and thought-provoking enough to avoid ennui,insulated enough to quell anxiety, and hopefully original enough to battle against the cliché that seems to be permeating this pandemic. More or less. Context: Online learning has been one of my…

The danger of comparing national tragedies

News fills our house 24/7. I’m almost not exaggerating. In the daytime downtime, approx. 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., my dad, working from home, will play NPR on the radio and, around our characteristically Midwestern dinnertime of 5:30ish p.m., he’ll switch on the TV to a generous mix of the…

the Intellectual Spot RIDDLES

◉ Who is Lincoln’s logger? ◉ What has three legs, balances on a stick, and reads the newspaper? ◉ What’s extremely flat, likes attention from strangers, and feels most at home on the floor? ◉ Take the hole out of it and it’s half. Read it a bedtime story and…

50 Shades of Mad libS

Dear Physical Education Teacher, Please excuse my son/daughter from missing sexy class yesterday. When Lewis Tomelson :$ awakened yesterday, I could see that his/her nose was hot. He/She also complained of *aches and having a sore Harry Styles, and I took him/her to the family god i just really love…

Students observe political process at 2020 Iowa caucuses

On Monday, February 3, the night of this year’s Iowa caucuses, Carleton students, along with Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Melanie Freeze, traveled to Mason City, Iowa’s North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) to observe the caucus process and invite voters to participate in exit surveys. The trip aimed…

Hanson talks hoops: interview with Carleton Basketball captain

Kent Hanson ’20 is a Senior Captain of Carleton Men’s Basketball, two-time all conference, and 2019 all-region player. Already a decorated Knight, Hanson is playing some of the finest basketball of his career, leading the Knights in points per game (19.3) and rebounds (8.7). Viewpoint editor Nicole Collins caught up…

Carleton College is Pregnant, A Fanfiction

Another day, another dollar—so they say. Beginning work as an OB-GYN, you quickly realize how soon everything becomes the same. All the idiosyncrasies of all the hundreds of thousands of deliveries you oversee blend together into a blinding gray landscape of nothingness. At the end of the day, there are…

Racing My Heart: On Trans Identity

I am deeply afraid of my heart beating inside my body. It beats harshly, loudly; I get scared hearing it slave away at making my body breathe, move, think—almost as if neither party deserves the other. It feels unnatural. Let me try to clarify why this is. This has been…

College rankings and their propensity for enhanced facts

One of the more frustrating things about capital-L Life is the persistent, complete human inability to capture and understand every single detail. More specifically, how every medium seems to fall short in some key way in truthfully portraying all possible details or minutiae of a situation. In writing, for example,…