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“Sarang” is the Korean word for “love.”  It is also the name of the 3-month-old baby who died from malnutrition in 2010 while her parents were out on a 10 hour online gaming binge.  The couple, a Mr. and Ms. Kim, spent 6-12 hours every day playing the online game Prius which, ironically, involves raising a virtual child named Anima.  Unfortunately, Anima took precedent over Sarang, their real-world baby.  “The ... Read More
Say you're walking from Social Spot A to Social Spot B with a group of three other friends. There's a brief, comfortable lapse in conversation. How likely are you to take the moment to assign everyone their counterparts from Girls/Sex and the City? Be true: a) What? That's bizarre. I don't even watch those shows. b) Ha – I think I've played that game at a party once or twice, but only for giggles. c) Pretty likely. Especially if we're new friends, then it's ... Read More
I was thirteen years old—in full teenage rebellion mode, skateboard tucked under my left arm, backpack containing books and homework that would never see the light of day. My friend Caine swaggered beside me in his sleeveless GWAR tee and shaggy mullet, obviously the more accomplished vandal. We lived four doors down from each other on the same street in Richmond, VA’s West End. He pulled out his crumpled box of Marlboro reds and lit a half-flattened ... Read More
Miranda Huba’s new play, Hospital City, tells a poetic tale about two sisters desperately trying to escape their lives.  The sisters are introduced as poor drug addicts who’ve been at a debaucherous party all night and one of the sisters, Mia, has committed a wrongdoing.  It’s quickly apparent that Mel is always taking care of her sister Mia.  Mia is blissfully ignorant of any problem and is contented to stay at the party, ... Read More
The news of Amy Winehouse's death this weekend was, while perhaps not a shock, still  devastating. And in the days since, much been made of her addiction, as though somehow she got what she deserved, or what she was looking for; that being an active addict is about having a death wish. But I don't think Amy did drugs or drank because she wanted to die; I think she did them in order to manage living.Like so many true artists, Amy seems to have felt things, ... Read More
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