“Sorry to Bother You” Combines Classism and Racism in a Powerful Satire

This is not a statement that is meant to be taken lightly: when I exited the movie theater after seeing “Sorry to Bother You,” I knew that would become an instant classic. In hindsight, I believe that the film’s pacing and intellectual engagement made it stand out most prominently in my mind. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first entered the theater. As such, during the first portion of “Sorry to Bother You,” I thought that I was watching a solely comedic film– a comedic satire, to be…

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Claudia Rankine’s Analysis of Serena Williams is More Important Than Ever in 2018

Claudia Rankine published “Citizen” in 2014, when the Black Lives Matter movement first began to gain a great deal of international recognition, when Charleston and Charlottesville and the election of current U.S. president Donald Trump had not yet occurred. Obviously, “Citizen” was an extremely important book at the time it was written. However, in the four years since the book was published, its message has become exponentially more relevant. No doubt, both micro and macro aggressions have become much more prominent throughout the U.S. in the years since the book…

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“Super Sad True Love Story” Reads Like Current Events Report in 2018

It has been eight years since Gary Shteyngart’s dystopian novel Super Sad True Love Story was published. At the time, a reviewer from Kirkus Reviews stated that the book was a “cyber-apocalyptic vision of an American future [which] seems eerily like the present, in a bleak comedy that is even more frightening than funny.” If “Super Sad True Love Story” was eerily like the present in 2010, in 2018, the world has taken a truly horrifying dive for the worse which has made the satirical bent of the novel read…

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