by Mackenzie Patel I’m not the most dedicated enthusiast to cultish trends, but my obsession with Star Wars has entered the murky realm between true aficionado and perceived George Lucas Bandwagoner. I saw the entire series only a few short months ago, although I consider rewatching all six episodes multiple times during finals week an… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Being perpetually obsessed with the bold, tragic story of Anna Karenina might not be a healthy habit, but my lack of cares was tossed out of the window along with my sanity a long time ago. This gut-wrenching story, complete with perverse lust, the musings of an existential farmer, and volumes of… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Hello World Travelers! I’ve been watching several music-oriented films in the past couple of weeks, and I’m thrilled to share/review some of these for LTA. Although the movies are relatively antiquated (i.e. from the 1990s), their depiction of the musical crowd is poignant, spot-on, and beautifully entertaining. The three movies I snatched… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Hello my musically inclined World Travelers! Today is going to be a thrilling post because it involves Berlin, Mozart, beautiful instruments, and a compelling/humorous opera. After traipsing around the Cold War city for a day, I donned a nice dress (in reality I was wearing dirty jeans and an even sketchier jacket)… Read More


by   Mackenzie Patel Italian Riviera in the 1960s. Breathless American actress gracing the shores of a forgotten town. Startling eyes more azure than the thrashing waters below the cliffs. This and much more stuff the pages of Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, a novel about long lost loves, the corrupted world of movie stars,… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Directed by Menno Meyjes, this movie detailed the legendary life of Manolete, the most famous bullfighter in all of Spain in the 20th century. Born in Cordoba on July 4th, 1917, Manuel Laureano Rodriguez Sanchez came from a family of notable bullfighters; however, he was destined to become the most beloved bullfighter… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel First Impressions: This ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide included four famous novels that have spawned wanderlust and imagination for several decades. First published in the 1980s, these novels (1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, 3. Life, the Universe, and Everything, 4. So Long, and… Read More


by For the past eight months, National Geographic has featured articles relating to the rocky future of food—since the planet will have nine billion people to feed by 2050, dramatic changes will be needed for ultimate food security. The articles focused on a variety of issues, from the benefits of aquaculture to the ethics of… Read More