There are good movies, bad movies and weird movies. And once in a while there comes a movie that defies what you think you know about cinema. With chills running down your spine, you stare at the screen for the entire run. And when the lights finally come on, you sit still, stunned, every part of your body palpitating.

For almost three months, St. Petersburg held me tight in its icy grip. After my arrival here in late January, a combination of bureaucratic complexities (the Russian visa system is an enigmatic process worthy of a Kafka novel) and personal indifference meant that I never stepped foot outside of the city. I say indifference because I never had any particular desire to leave; why bother going out to explore Russia at large when Petersburg alone had so much to offer?

“Poetry makes nothing happen,” W. H. Auden wrote in his elegy for another celebrated poet, W. B. Yeats. In a way, Nicholson Baker’s latest novel, “The Anthologist”, proves how very right —and very wrong — that statement is.

Bored with your clothes?

It’s about that time of the year again when I open my closet, and I can’t find anything to wear. It’s not that my closet is actually bare, but nothing looks appealing anymore. I, of course, don’t have the money to simply throw out all of my clothes and buy new ones. So, what do I do? I could continue wearing my boring old clothes every day, or I could take matters into my own hands.

But how?

What is your position at the College? What does a typical day at work entail?

Indian food is one of the best cuisines in the world. Everything from the meats to the vegetables to the fluffy, irresistible naan is spicy, flavorful and wonderful. My sister and father have less exotic palates than my mother and myself, so Indian food reminds me of my mom. We always go to the same Indian restaurant at home and, very unlike my adventurous appetite, get the same thing.

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