Bridget Barnsley

Bridget Barnsley (20Ox, 22C) is from Orange, Connecticut, double majoring in English and creative writing and film and media management. Her hobbies include books, movies and TV, and she can be found online discussing all of the above. She also works as the book reviewer for the independent e-zine, The Elephant Ladder. Contact Barnsley at [email protected]

Mindell Presents Touching, Heartbreaking Approximation of Shakespeare

“The Merchant of Venice'' is Shakespeare’s most anti-semitic work, but writer D.A. Mindell (22C) and director Elizabeth Johnson (17Ox, 19C) used that tension to craft a beautiful story about what it means to be Jewish during the Holocaust. Mindell’s play, titled “‘The Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare (or at least our best approximation),” focuses [...]

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Year in Review: The Best YA Book Releases of 2020

The world of fiction has provided an invaluable escape this year. I love staying in and falling into a good book, and quarantine has allowed me to read more books than I typically do. Although 2020 is over, the pandemic isn’t, so now’s the perfect time to pick up a new book. Here are my [...]

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‘Ready Player Two’: An Unnecessary Sequel

Writing an unplanned sequel to a standalone book can either be amazing or terrible depending on the execution (see “Legendary” by Stephanie Garber and “The Cursed Child” by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne). “Ready Player Two,” the sequel to Ernest Cline’s 2011 bestselling novel “Ready Player One,” falls squarely in the second category.  [...]

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‘The Crown’ Season 4 Reveals Dark Side of the Monarchy

Season 4 of Netflix’s “The Crown” is the most gripping and stunning season so far. The new season dropped on Nov. 15 and has already received overwhelming praise from critics and laypeople alike. This season follows three central women: Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman), Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and Princess Diana (Emma Corrin), [...]

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