NPR Reviews “Liberal Arts”

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Mark Jenkins, a movie reviewer for the media outlet targeted at homosexuals who appreciate vintage shaving brushes (NPR)reviewed the dull, saccharine movie targeted at Kenyon students who appreciate writing poetry under the Upside Down Tree (Liberal Arts). He thinks the film is extremely mediocre and self-indulgent.


“If Jesse and Zibby’s conversations are mildly painful, they’re a delight compared to their correspondence.”

“Most of the time, though, Radnor seems pretty impressed with the version of himself he’s playing.”

Interestingly, Jenkins also refers twice to the movie actually taking place at Kenyon, even though it technically isn’t set at any specific institution. Read the rest of the review here.

8 responses

  1. As someone who listens to twenty hours of NPR a day, I can assure you that there are more effective ways of hurting NPR’s feelings than to point out that they do well in the gay or hipster-shaving demographics. Also ones that don’t, by and by, result in Google autocompletes like “becca hafter gay slur NPR.” Unless this is just some hip new Kenyon slang I’m not up on.

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    • I have a question. As an agotsnic, I am accused by ignorant people as being atheist. I reply to them by saying that it is not that I do not believe in God, just not their god. Philosophy has taught me two important things: 1) Never stop questioning the universe and your environment. 2) That man has created religion to further that man\’s or men\’s causes, not to further the cause of their god. (Does this make me athiest? I wonder ) My belief sides on the newer science of Quantum Physics, in that there is something that created everything that we see, just what that something is we do not know. Science uses this \”unknown\” to further inspire their search, and the church uses that \”unknown\” to say that you should not look for the unknowable because it is known already in our doctrine and dogma, or the do not question the church statement. My question is: If atheists believe there is no god, is that the god that religion speaks of only? Also, would this include the possibility of a creator that made the universe, or is that separate from god?

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