How Does This Story End?

“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.” –Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism ¤ Let’s begin with a warning. Before fascism takes hold in Sinclair Lewis’s vision of dystopic America, the…

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Book Review: “Behind Her Eyes” Explores Astral Travel

“We’re all keeping secrets,” muses Louise, the protagonist in Sarah Pinborough’s new young adult thriller Behind Her Eyes. Louise’s words reflect the novel’s theme of deception that is wrapped up in an enthralling journey – a journey of sporadic clues and a mad scramble to piece together the truth. Louise is a single mom living…

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My Friend: A Remembrance

Hari Vasu was one of my best friends, and someone I had known since the first grade. He was incredibly smart and gifted, and it was clear that he had a bright future. The expectations for Hari were that he would become a doctor, and he threw himself at it fully, delighting in learning new…

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Photo credit: Chase McBride/Kyle Lancaster of Rotor Collective

Top Bunks & Aisle Seats: Chase McBride & Ethan Varian

Top Bunks and Aisle Seats is back with an exciting new episode! For this fourth installment, Ampersand’s music editor, Ashley Eady, invited Chase McBride and Ethan Varian into the studio. Chase is a singer-songwriter from the Bay Area. Ethan, also from the Bay Area, is a graduate student at USC Annenberg and plays lead guitar in Chase’s backing band. Chase and…

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