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Strads―The Million-Dollar Violins

In 2011, the Lady Blunt violin was sold for a record sum of 15.9 million dollars. The instrument owes this high valuation to its maker, Antonio Stradivari. whose violins command hefty price tags courtesy their distinguished sound that is yet to be fully understood.

The Forgotten Genius of Green Day

What makes the self-proclaimed ‘God’s favourite band’ so different from every other punk-rock band ever? From sleeping on couches and floors to reviving a genre, inspiring a generation of fans and all the while redefining themselves through their music; Green Day has gone from being an overnight phenomenon to being synonymous with rock and roll.

The Road Always Taken—The Fall of YA Movie Franchises

The rise in popularity of Young Adult fiction novels and series has been influencing the film industry for many years. While some adaptations of books and their sequels have seen box-office success, others have not been quite as favoured. This article explores the reasons behind the failure of these franchises giving way to the success of others.

Looking into Hip-Hop’s Soul

Hip-hop is about translating real-life scenarios into music and is just like any other expression of creativity. However, since its inception, there has been a social stigma attached to the genre. In this article, we challenge that misconception.

The Fray—How To Save A Life

If heartfelt lyrics coupled with a slow piano ballad is your idea of a good song, then The Fray might just become your favourite band. Here’s a look at their debut, considered by many to be as fine an entry as possible.

Bechdel—When Tests Fail

The Bechdel Test, a popular test for analysing the portrayal of women in movies, falls short of being the ideal parameter to judge movies by. The importance of the issue calls for a closer look at the test and efforts to improve on it.

Object

This week in iambic instincts, we present a poem about looking at an object and talking about it while implicity drawing parallels to being hurt as a human being.