July232014

Is the Yoruba language in danger of extinction?

After analyzing the state of several primary original languages of Africa, experts at the Nigeria Tribune are asking themselves if the Yoruba language in danger? According to the article, both the Igbo, Fulani, and Hausa people have been extremely successful in passing their language down to the younger generations, despite the global prominence of English in the modern era. In fact, Hausa can even be regarded as one of the most widely spoken languages of Africa, which can be attributed to the efforts of its original speakers.

According to Raheem, a student at Nigeria’s Ajayi Crowther University, the same cannot be said about Yoruba. “A language is preserved when it spoken with pride.” says Raheem. According to his research, the Yoruba language is not spoken in the majority of Yoruba households, nor is it frequently taught at the nation’s educational institutions, putting it at risk for extinction within the next few generations. Raheem recognizes that in this day in age, English is important in an educational and professional setting, however he stresses the importance of speaking original languages at home,  “…so it is pertinent for parents to teach and make sure their children understand and can speak the language fluently.”

Sienna Arpi, Intern

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Are We Living to Our Fullest?

The Philosophers’ Mail has recently pointed out four important lessons we could learn from Jean Paul Sartre’s Existentialism. Existentialism questions the way we live and how we restrict our own freedom due to labeling. Essentially, it shows that we can break down all of our actions and objects into the simplest building blocks.

-Hoi Chau, Intern.

July222014

history meme ∙ 10 moments: (1/10)  The Storming of the Bastille

The Storming of the Bastille occurred in ParisFrance on the morning of 14 July 1789. The medieval fortress and prison in Paris known as the Bastille represented royal authority in the center of Paris. While the prison only contained seven inmates at the time of its storming, its fall was the flashpoint of the French Revolution (x)

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Can Celebrities Turned Poets Revive Poetry?

Recently, the ever-so-busy James Franco debuted in the poetry world with his book “Directing Herbert White.” The book has been widely reviewed since its release, most likely because of the author’s name on the cover. Young poetry enthusiasts are rare in today’s world (so are articles about struggling poets), yet Franco’s book easily obtained a full page review on July’s New York Times Book Review. But after all the all the attention the book title has received, its content is still little-known to the public. This shows that although celebrity writers may bring exposure to the poetry world, the spotlight still focuses on them– not their writing.

-Hoi Chau, Intern

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Thomas Berger, author of “Little Big Man,” dies at 89

“Kafkaesque” author, Thomas Berger, has passed away at 89. Berger, who was an aggressively private, yet vastly undervalued, writer, is most known for penning “Little Big Man” (1964) – a satire of the American Western later adapted into a film starring Dustin Hoffman. By the 1980s, Berger had become such a recluse that even his publisher could not reach him. During this time told critic Richard Schickel, one of the few who knew his whereabouts, “Real life is unbearable to me unless I can escape from it into fiction.”

– Lily Trotta, Intern

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July212014

The New Newsstand

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Comic books used to be found only in comic book stores and newsstands, but the new digital era seems to have given yet more traction to the already booming comic book industry. According to the New York Times, recent reports show digital comic sales rose from $70 million to $90 million, and comic sales in general have risen from $635 million to an amazing $870 million over the past year. Many digital comic websites have experienced the rise in demand first hand, like Thrillbent, a website for free digital comics with a $3.99 monthly subscription fee; and the Panel Syndicate, a site for original digital comics who claim that last month was “the most successful in terms of downloads.”

Although only two comic series sold more than 100,000 copies in bookstores this year, digital production has kept comics in high demand, and this has not gone unrecognized by owners of Comic book stores. Brian Hibbs, the owner of Comix Experience in San Francisco is seeing steady annual growth in store sales, but he still sees the benefits of the industry’s digital aspect. Hibbs says, “Our best case scenario—that digital will act like a newsstand—seems to have come true.”

Sienna Arpi, Intern

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