by Mackenzie Patel Hello all! Shockingly, I have not written a Favorites posts since this past January—The Horror! February, March, and April were a blurry mess of pledging, vector line integrals, and haphazard studying for finals. I enjoyed my first year of college and am confident I made the right decision to attend my University.… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Hello all! I’m not a macabre goth girl, but I am fascinated with cemeteries because they are the zenith of peace, lucid thinking, and life. While that may seem like a gross contradiction, cemeteries celebrate life in the perfect way: eternal peace and quiet with the footsteps of the living placing fragrant… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Hello all! I recently traversed the gritty art scene in downtown St. Petersburg, a small city by Tampa bursting with museums, white-sanded beaches, and startup breweries. With world-renowned institutions such as the Dali Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and the Chihuly Collection, my humble city has exploded in growth and local fame.… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Hi all! Here is another short story I baked along with some snickerdoodle cookies last week. 8:13 a.m. Goddamn it. If only the opening measures of “Peer Gynt,” arguably the most calming and beautiful tune ever created, didn’t revolt me so much. My head groggily raised itself from the pillow, a curtain… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Hello internet people! Since the heavy balminess of summer is fast approaching, here are a few paintings that will make your nostrils burn with sea salt and your skin blister with imagined sunlight. I was looking for images that perfectly encapsulated this dreamlike season, where everyone looks gorgeous in dark-rimmed sunglasses and… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel The phrase “War and Peace” usually produces anxious groans, frustrated sighs, and terrified gasps of quick, raspy breath, especially if the person in question is unfamiliar with Russian literature. However, despite the nearly 1215 pages, the impossibly complicated Russian names, and the beautifully intricate plot, War and Peace is an enthralling novel… Read More