by Mackenzie Patel It’s difficult writing this final post, but some things must be done: I’m finished writing for LearnTravelArt, which is ironic given today is its fourth birthday. It’s been four years of researching artworks and recording thoughts nobody reads. Four years of dawn crawling articles, Ancient Roman tales, European travel, and short stories… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel When I’m with you, it feels like walking on electric air.  Although this sultry lyric is whispered in the Magic City Hippies’ Fanfare, the presumed affair between two {hipster} lovers extends to my relationship with this Miami band as well. Listening to their tracks –pulled from their Hippie Castle EP – is… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Wes Anderson is synonymous with dreamlike cinematography, Bill Murray, and deadpan characters that are nonetheless fan favorites. Haven’t heard of him before? He’s the man who popularized disturbing, animated foxes and Owen Wilson. To say he’s unusual is an understatement: the man is a more of a surreal artist than your average… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel I can’t remember the last time I thought about freshmen year of college. That era, when mini skirts with fishnets were a great fashion choice and frat parties were high class, seems unreachable now. The first few months of college, I was a wreck, a success, an enthusiast, and a doubter –… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Take it with a grain of salt, but I love cabins and insects now. I hand-catch fireflies like they’re bubbles and don’t mind cuddling with a few silverfish. The grandest example of biophilia, being outdoors makes me calm and a HD Thoreau transcendentalist. But how did I become a boot-wearing, tick-checking girl?… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Paring high-brow musicians with the dregs of college partying is something I think Mozart would appreciate. Who says that black-tie culture can’t mix alcohol as well as adagios? I’ve been studying classical music for over two years and hearing fiery works (i.e. The Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner) reminds me of… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel I won’t deny it: I’m a Tame Impala-loving, cassette tape-buying, fishnet-wearing hipster. Although I don’t think my artsy tendencies make me a typewriter junkie, I accept the blanket term and redefine it on my own terms. I don’t adore Starbucks or only wear black jeans; however, I will choose a museum over… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Since I’m a writer for Spoon University, I am a sucker for anything creamy, sugary, buttery, and calorie-rich. Food is photogenic to the hilt and the photographers dream is a succulent meal that is both tasty and rich in color. German food is the perfect contender: wiener schnitzel, dark chocolate, Berliner Pilsner,… Read More