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Letter from the Editors: If you say you wouldn’t make your two Oscars kiss you’re lying

February 12, 2020

The Monthly

Crystal: The 2020 Oscars made history, and not because of Timothée Chalamet’s Prada tracksuit.

Charlotte: I’m upset. It’s the Oscars. He looked good, but man, dress up a little!

Crystal: On Feb. 9, Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” won best picture, becoming the first non-English-language film to win the category. Plus, he won like a billion others, including Best Picture, so like, nbd. And he made the Oscars kiss. An icon.

Charlotte: In our last editor’s letter, we talked about the Oscar noms — how white and male they are, how Greta Gerwig was robbed, etc. etc. But it seems like the Academy tried to make up for it this time, awarding “Parasite” (deservedly) with all the awards.

Crystal: There is often a confusing space between art and politics, but what we are seeing is some of the best art interprets our climate in fresh ways. Great art gives us something to think about, the same way that good food or an innovative idea can.

Charlotte: Wow, Crystal! Seems like you perfectly transitioned us into talking about this month’s issue, nice!

Crystal: The subject of our cover story, Bon Appétit associate editor Christina Chaey (Medill ‘11) has found a way to fuse culture, cooking and curiosity into a delicious combination, earning herself a spot in the elite magazine and in the viral “Test Kitchen.” Please, teach me how to sustain myself, because I’m almost out of chicken nuggets and I don’t know what to do.

Charlotte: Communication alums Charlie Hall and Jack Price took initiative and made opportunities for themselves, creating a web series called “Sorry, Charlie,” which follows a fictional Hall on his journey to prove his ex-girlfriend wrong. And in our third feature, we focus on The Garage, a place to incubate good ideas at Northwestern. But even spaces like these have can be edited — only 10 percent of Garage startups continue after graduation, The Daily found.

Crystal: There is so much room to make art right now. I mean, even Twitter has found inspiration from the technology whirlwind known as the Iowa Caucus.

Charlotte: But not your mother’s art — get your fresh, hot takes out there and make it metaphorical. Whether you’re inspired by a sexy pasta dish or class divides in South Korea, now is your time. Get out there, sweet, sweet Monthly readers!


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