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Steven Isaacs

Undergraduate at The University of Florida

We’ve Been Waiting For You: You Do Know My Language

“You study economics?” “Yeah. It’s not as hard as it sounds.” “Please. I’m in the army—that’s easy!  You study economics? That’s tough!” “New York, New York” started to play on the bus as soon as the Israelis were settled. That…

0 Comments / 63 View / May 31, 2015

We’ve Been Waiting For You: A Stranger in a Familiar Land

“You’ll like Tel Aviv. It’s like Manhattan, but a lot better.” An Israeli man sat next to me as I waited for my flight to Tel Aviv. I was in Newark at this point, and I didn’t expect the man…

0 Comments / 81 View / May 22, 2015

Will Lebron Ever Return?

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: a former fan base of LeBron James does not care for him. I know this to be true, because I am a diehard member of this fan base. I even like him,…

0 Comments / 89 View / May 5, 2015

The Fall of a Sparrow: The Circular Tragedy of LeBron James

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: a former fan base of LeBron James does not much care for him. I know this to be true, because I am a diehard member of this fan base. I even like…

0 Comments / 103 View / April 23, 2015

The Ghost of Mandela: Mortal Men, Rappers, and the Desolation of Free Speech

“Ask Obama, I can’t even pay / for a doctor for my momma.” “Ain’t nobody selling records / n—-s selling their cars.” “Over a little bread / that’s when friends start beefin’.” “Your baby mama on your back / telling…

0 Comments / 249 View / April 14, 2015

March Madness, Weekend 3: Notes as the Blue Devils are Crowned Champs

Final Four: Miss You Never, Kentucky – Duke 81, (7) Michigan State 61 Yeah, so Sparty just had no answer. Zero. None. We should’ve seen this coming. Duke’s best is better than Kentucky’s best, which would have been a great matchup….

0 Comments / 76 View / April 7, 2015

March Madness, Weekend 2: Notes As the Field Shrinks to Four

Round 3, Day 1: Now I am become Kentucky, the destroyer of worlds (3) Notre Dame 81, (7) Wichita State 70 o   For many parts of this game, it looked like the Shockers were of equal competition to the Fighting…

0 Comments / 70 View / March 30, 2015

March Madness, Weekend 1: Pro Notes

Round 1, Day 1: Cinderella Goes Dancing (3) Notre Dame 69, (14) Northeastern 65 o   The first game of the tournament showed what was about to come. Northeastern—NORTHEASTERN—had a chance to beat Notre Dame in the closing seconds, when, down…

0 Comments / 83 View / March 23, 2015

Keep it 100: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly

It took me a while to figure out what exactly Kendrick’s new album is. His previous one, good kid, m.A.A.d city, is a classic of the form, and part of it is the way it is made. Billed as a…

0 Comments / 411 View / March 19, 2015

Where Apathy Happens: The NBA’s (Boring) Pitch-Perfect Parity

The National Basketball Association is in tremendous shape. If you could buy stock in one professional league in the world right now, it would be the NBA. Their commissioner is the best in the world; their worldwide expansion is what…

0 Comments / 123 View / March 12, 2015