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Misadventures in J-School: When Grad School is the Wrong Thing

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My senior year at the New School, I was bartending at night and maintaining an almost perfect GPA, while spending thirty hours a week crouched over my desk in the corner of the student newspaper office, debating every little decision like it was life or death. I applied to Columbia’s journalism graduate program partly because it felt like the next logical step, and partly because I wanted to see if I could get in—if my hard work would translate beyond this specific tiny student publication. I told myself I’d only go if I got a significant scholarship, that just an...

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Seen Paris and New York? Done Tokyo and London?

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If you’re looking for the buzz of a big city with something a bit different, might we suggest Mexico City? The Zocalo, or city square, is the centre of activity and one of the features that defines Ciudad de México from other nations’ capitals. Surrounded by imposing European-style buildings, including the massive Metropolitan Cathedral, the Zocalo is the stage for street vendors and performers: watch out for groups of Aztec dancers in huge feather headdresses and jangling anklets, and breathe in – that bewitching, pine-like scent you can smell is copal, tree resin that the dancers burn in cleansing ceremonies....

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Publishing giants, radical literature, and women’s suffrage: More secrets of Union Square South

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Photo by Beyond My Ken / Wiki Commons The area south of Union Square, on the border between Greenwich Village and the East Village, is changing. The approval of the new 14th Street Tech Hub south of Union Square combined with an explosion of tech-related development in the area has resulted in the demolition of mid-19th-century hotels and Beaux-Arts style tenements, with new office towers like 809 Broadway taking their place. Aside from being rich in 19th- and early-20th-century architecture, this area is overflowing with history connected to many of the great American artists, writers, musicians, publishers, activists, innovators and...

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