Kalamazoo College's Student Newspaper
I’ve spent some time this week thinking about relaxing. It’s fourth week at Kalamazoo College, and my world seems to be growing nuttier by the day. Feeling sleep deprived and slightly sour, I took a break from K and went home to Holland, Mich. last weekend. I walked my dogs along Lake Michigan with my mom, napped on the living room couch and furthered my tea addiction by drinking about five cups a day.
Best of all, when I was home I started catching up on my ever-growing pile of unread New York Times newspapers. I skipped the news and went straight to this week’s Wednesday dining section, the Thursday Styles and the Weekend Arts. I read a review of a hidden Edo-mae sushi restaurant in TriBeCa and a preview of the New York Film Festival featuring “Life of Pi.” I was instantly relaxed and refreshed; I wanted to move to New York to consume all of this art and food!
Then I remembered: I don’t have to go to New York right now. This is why the Arts and Entertainment sections of newspapers exist! When I’m stressed, I can crack a newspaper open and find a section about the arts — I feel like I’m eating all the food in the world, like I’m listening to all the music I wish I could hear live and like I’m traveling to the places I dream about. This part of the newspaper can be — and should be — a sort of teleportation device that takes us from our chairs in Biggby to the settings of the articles we read.
Every Wednesday when the Index appears around campus, I hope you’ll take a break from your work to read an article or two. I hope that when you do, the A&E section helps you depart from your work, if only for a moment. I hope that it refreshes and excites you just like food, music, art and travel should. Let me know if it does — or if it doesn’t. I can’t wait to hear from you.
Arts and Entertainment Editor