Body Caught North

At the end of Ojii-chan’s dying, his body was buried north. The pits of his eyes, dilated in dark, were like split moons. As if a razor fashioned two slits to his flesh. That day, I remember Mama told me that the soul leaves through the eyes. That pupils punctuate when a body is sentenced; … Continue reading Body Caught North

A Piece of My Narrative

By Ayoola Akinlana Stories don’t have to be written; I am currently still living out mine. But here is a part of it. — I stared into space, discreetly scrawling letters in the air. A Y O O L A… I-YO-LUH. I-YO-LAH. This time, it was my name. I marveled over each letter as I … Continue reading A Piece of My Narrative

Sea Monsters, Pirates, Girls: A review of “The Abyss Surrounds Us”

By Charlie Robielos, Pearl Staff Sea monsters. Pirates. Girls. If you’re not sold on this book yet, you should reconsider your priorities. Emily Strutskie published her debut novel, The Abyss Surrounds Us, in 2016 while still attending Cornell University. If not for the spicy plot or just to support stories from diverse perspectives, you should … Continue reading Sea Monsters, Pirates, Girls: A review of “The Abyss Surrounds Us”

Review: Solange’s new album is like a warm, breezy daydream

By Connor Busby, Pearl Staff A plain foam mattress pad – the concept of a bed reduced to its bare bones. It is just this kind of simple cushion upon which I lay, closing my eyes and listening to Solange’s new album, When I Get Home (WIGH), for the first time. A very fitting location … Continue reading Review: Solange’s new album is like a warm, breezy daydream

Review: “Captain Marvel” charms, but falls short of greatness

By Skyler Wolf, Pearl Reporter Captain Marvel is undeniably placed in an awkward spot within the Marvel movie slot. Off the wave of Avengers: Infinity War— which was insanely popular among critics and audiences alike, earning nearly $665 million in the box office—and released just a month before the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame, Brie Larson’s … Continue reading Review: “Captain Marvel” charms, but falls short of greatness

“I had goosebumps”: Review of Sir Andras Schiff’s piano performance at the PAC

By Michael Giles, Guest Reviewer From one of the most classically polished backgrounds, I was able to attend one of the most incredibly performed piano concert at Soka's Performing Arts Center. Sir Andras Schiff is a 65-year-old Hungarian who speaks with a thick accent, and was trained in classical piano in Britain. He has won … Continue reading “I had goosebumps”: Review of Sir Andras Schiff’s piano performance at the PAC

The Two Sides of Acapulco

By Sergio Morales   Fresh, arid air engulfed me as I exited the noisy bus terminal for the harsh sunlight of my home city. Papagayo Park's flourishing greenery loomed in the distance, drowned out only by voluminous crowds of tourists flanked by an unceasing flow of traffic. Upon entering a taxi, my parents and I zipped down Acapulco’s coastal avenue … Continue reading The Two Sides of Acapulco