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Dumplin’ teaches teens the importance of loving self and others

Dumplin’ teaches teens the importance of loving self and others

by Elizabeth Anderson, Watermark Editor

December 14, 2018

On December 7, Netflix released the new film Dumplin', based on the novel of the same name by Julie Murphy. Having loved the book, I was eager to see how the movie measured up, especially since it was produced by a streaming service instead of by a production company like Warner Bros. or Universal. I must say...

Markus Zusak’s “Bridge of Clay” approaches loss in a masterful blend of past and present

Markus Zusak’s “Bridge of Clay” approaches loss in a masterful blend of past and present

by Elizabeth Anderson, Watermark Editor

December 5, 2018

Five brothers. One Murderer. One mother. One lover. One girl. An odd assortment of animals, including but not limited to a mule residing in the kitchen. From the first chapter, Markus Zusak’s book Bridge of Clay is a rich tapestry of characters and history, backstories and modern day conflict. It is a ...

Bloodsworth: Maryland’s One Book is a tragic, yet inspiring story

Bloodsworth: Maryland’s One Book is a tragic, yet inspiring story

by Spencer Derrenberger, Reporter

October 18, 2018

“Heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and well-written.” These are the words forensics science teacher Ms. Jessica Baker, used to describe the events of Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence by Tim Junkin. Every year, the One Maryland One Book program chooses a book according to a theme and encourages communities all over Maryland to read the selected piece together...

Turtles All the Way Down is a literary journey you’ll want to experience

Turtles All the Way Down is a literary journey you’ll want to experience

by Natalie Roth and Greyston Harding

January 22, 2018

*SPOILERS AHEAD* John Green. I’m sure you’ve heard his name at one point, whether it was written in the shining lights of a cinema, or merely in a passing conversation with a bibliophile friend. Green is most known for his co-owned YouTube channel VlogBrothers,  his speaking out on civil rights and...

Book Review: The Cursed Child is leaving Harry Potter fans turning (time) with delight

Book Review: The Cursed Child is leaving Harry Potter fans turning (time) with delight

by Elizabeth Anderson, Reporter

September 20, 2016

It’s been over nine years since J.K. Rowling’s (@jk_rowling) supposed finale to the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and more than five since the last movie came out, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two. Since then, avid fans have had to resort to re-reading the series, over and over and over again (not that Harry Potter could ever...

Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon describes rock and roll in the 1980’s

Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon describes rock and roll in the 1980’s

by Jackson Kinsey, Reporter

March 24, 2015

“What’s it like to be a girl in a band?” Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth ironically asks this in the song "Sacred Trickster" from the 2009 album Eternal. Although inherently meant to be a statement against the misogyny present in the music industry, Gordon derived the title of her new memoir, Girl in a Band, from this line. Fo...

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