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Today, in 1951, Catcher in the Rye by JD Sallinger was Published

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Today, July 16, in year 1951, the novel, Catcher in the Rye, by author J.D. Sallinger, was published. I remember reading the book cover-to-cover in high school for a project and really finding it fun and insightful. The brilliant novel is still popular today, catering to readers timelessly. The reflective and retrospective novel, based on fictional protagonist, Holden Caulifield, is a collective reflection of his feelings of his teenage years, given to his younger sister, Phoebe Caulifield. Since it caters to all speakers of languages worldwide, and 250,000 copies are sold each year, according to the Wikipedia page.

The novel has notably made many lists, including Time magazine’s top 100 novels, entering this list at 25 in 2005. Set in 1949, the novel is based on the 16-17 year old Holden Caulifield and is set in the various schools that Holden has flunk out of. At the end of the novel, readers see that Holden essentially has told the story to his little sister, Phoebe, to whom he gives a hat. Featuring the point of view of protagonist, Holden Caulifield, the novel also features colloquial terms from his teenage years, making the novel more relatable to the common reader that it caters to. The teenage reader can have definitely many interpretations of the novel, and the reader sees the reference made to the title at the end, while children play and mention the “catcher in the rye.” On this roughly 25-year anniversary of the awesome book, you can pick it up and read it, and make sure you do this!

Hi, I am Umar Siddiqui. I am currently a student at the University of California, Riverside majoring in Media and Cultural Studies. My areas of interest in studies are mainly communications, journalism, media, and cultural/ social issues. My hobbies are anything Disney, music, creative writing, fashion, friends, social activism, etc. I am a very sociable person who is outgoing and opinionated; making my opinions known is important to me. I recently completed a fashion journalism short course online at the University of the Arts London's London College of Fashion. I am anticipating to graduate with my Bachelor's of Arts degree spring of 2017.

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Chanel Parks Never Expected to Fit into the Fashion World

Fashion features ample things and ideals. It challenges and incites ontological and philosophical questions. It encourages insightful thinking and inquisitive pondering…

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Chanel Parks Never Expected to Fit into the Fashion World

Fashion features ample things and ideals. It challenges and incites ontological and philosophical questions. It encourages insightful thinking and inquisitive pondering. It is easily a very cyclical phenomenon and so enigmatic, as it is composed of binary elements, such as inclusive versus exclusive, skinny or slender versus plus-sized, subtle or simple versus extravagant and showy, minimal versus baroque, and mainstreams versus hipster.

Fashion is not only an expansive, multidimensional field of aesthetics and artistic beauty blended with social and cultural and philosophical elements, but it serves social, psychological, and cultural functions, like iconisation through models, photography, and themes and consumerism through branding and commodification. It establishes and reinforces codes and stylistic conventions.

According to Mauss and Bordieu, “how we clothe the body” is an active process or a technical means to create or represent a bodily self. The body is naturally trained to inhibit and internalize postures, movement, and gestures. Bodies are worn through technologies of movement, gesture, projection, and restraint.

You can have personified fashion. You can find yourself through it, no matter what you image is. Chanel Park, who never expected to fit into her fashion world’s realms, reflects she did not fit the image. She, however, is in the fashion world and she finds depth and diversity in it.

Models like Marquita Ping, Sabina Karlsson, and Georgia Pratt, walked on the runway that featured a notable amount of plus-size models, according to Parks. She reflected that gender identity has been played with but that racial and cultural identity and diversity was more prominent and dealt with this year at New York Fashion Week.

Seeing fashion is everywhere; it is unavoidable. Relating to it is made easier by diversity, depth, and breadth and meaning becomes more evident.

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Tributes Paid to Late Bill Cunningham at New York Fashion Week

Bill Cunningham, the fashion photographer who died earlier this year, was paid tribute to at New York Fashion Week (NYFW.) Photographers dressed reminiscent to Cunningham, donning a blue overshirt that he was known for wearing, according to Erica Schewigerhausen at NYMag.com…

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Tributes Paid to Late Bill Cunningham at New York Fashion Week

Bill Cunningham, the fashion photographer who died earlier this year, was paid tribute to at New York Fashion Week (NYFW.) Photographers dressed reminiscent to Cunningham, donning a blue overshirt that he was known for wearing, according to Erica Schewigerhausen at NYMag.com.

His absence was prominently felt at NYFW this time, since he was not there to do his job. The touching tribute to the late and legendary photographer was enacted by 75 photographers. On the morning of Friday, Sept 9, 2016, the blue smocks were distributed and the tribute took place.

According to Rosemary Fietelberg at WWD, a memorial for the photographer has also been set up at Bryant Park. Upon the late shutterbug’s death, he can also be recognized for his use of the bicycle and for his incredible and profuse contribution to New York’s fashion scene and documentation.

The visionary lensman’s work will also be on display, running from Sept 21 to Sept 25, according to Feitelberg’s article at WWD. It will take place at the fifth yearly Photoville event, at the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza.

It is important to appreciate Cunningham’s work, especially in the fashion world and how he conducted his photography. His strive to highlight the main issues in fashion in commendable. He illuminated that individuality and self-expression are both immensely important in fashion.

Of course, being a journalist in ways as a photographer, Cunningham proved that photography is indeed vital to the documentation of fashion—the field it thrives in and its life-cycle. Timeless fashion, past and present was a theme evident is his work, creating a timeline in his 40 years in the field!

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Halloween Horror Night 2016 May Seem Far, but Rest Assured, It is Lurking!

Halloween is exactly two month from today, and that means it is lurking. It is not something some people look forward to, but it is for me. I am easily frightened and I have been to Halloween Horror Nights back in 2011—it was not a pleasant experience…

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Halloween Horror Night 2016 May Seem Far, but Rest Assured, It is Lurking!

Halloween is exactly two month from today, and that means it is lurking. It is not something some people look forward to, but it is for me. I am easily frightened and I have been to Halloween Horror Nights back in 2011—it was not a pleasant experience.

I like Halloween, but no, I do not like scary movies, zombies, vampire, what have you! Why, then, am I drawn to Halloween? It is a mystery to me too, but one thing is for sure, it evokes a fun spirit, and I do like that. Halloween Horror Nights takes place, other than at Universal Studios Orlando, at Universal Studios, Hollywood.

The notorious Terror Tram will feature the filmmaker Eli Roth’s deranged mind and characters—like Hollywood Harry- a demented, murderous killer clown. Park patrons will be introduced and informed of his history and background; it will entail how the clown turned into a killer from a jolly, celebrated clown. It also features another clown and his transformation into a vicious killer. That would be “Koodles” the clown, who turned into uncovered his killer instincts, literally, after catering to children jovially, and after being a circus performer.

Like all years, this year will still feature the Jurassic Park ride in “Jurassic Park in the Dark” and other rides like “Transformers 3D” and “Revenge of the Mummy.” The scare zone featured this year will be based on The Purge trilogy. Each of the three will be incorporated from the trilogy, undoubtedly spreading mayhem and frightfulness among park-goers.

Mazes this year include: “American Horror Story”, which excites me (since I love the show), but I would expect will be brought up in a fearsome manner. All seasons will be dealt with, like “Murder House” and “Asylum” and others. Other mazes include “Freddy versus Jason”, “Halloween”, “Krampus” a newer and horrific twist on Christmas, “The Exorcist”, and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Other attractions include a “The Walking Dead” attraction, where an ominous world is brought to life from the popular television series. You will witness commotion as you navigate through the bloodthirsty undead.

Lastly, having replaced the “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures” show, which was ultimately ruled as homophobic, (I do remember the “I’m Ryan Reynolds, not Ryan Seacrest.” joke),  the Jabbawockeez will perform.

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