Escalating Registers is our attempt to create a community of writers. We are a group of students looking to feature writing and pieces that strengthen us, that tell us something about someone’s education (classroom not required) and what circumstances and choices have shaped their lives. We are interested in stories that compel us to think or to investigate, to set aside time to read or appreciate.
We are recruiting. Here, you can see some ideas of where we would like to go with our finished site. But we are not ready yet. (This is just our first test, so our writers can keep writing.) We are still experimenting with types of content and the way our pieces look. Feel free to pitch a story. We cannot promise bold predictions, fiery writing, sardonic wit. What we want to do is provide good pieces, good reads.
Of the eight bands and forty-plus musicians that participated in a Battle of the Bands competition at Vassar College there was only one woman outside of the Revolting Hags and she played the bongos.
Fantasy is often deemed an escape from reality, but it is also an exploration of the essential truths of reality. Fantasy literature can serve as a delightful diversion for any stressed person searching for release, yet it is more than simple distraction. Fantasy stories strip away everyday concerns and the [...]
Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. − Anatole France I stare at the picture looking back at me from the screen of my phone and smile. I have just received an image of Baru, my dog, having fun while exploring my father’s farm in Ecuador. I [...]
As you begin to think about summer jobs and internships, an online mentor may be able to help. It's not just living vicariously through someone else's digital scrapbook - reading about the trials and tribulations of a blogger’s journey may provide insight into your life, as well.
As an American traveling abroad, not for charity, not for service, but just to wander, are you just being selfish? Justin Escobedo goes to Zimbabwe - and, briefly, to Botswana and South Africa. And as he travels, he struggles to understand each country's history, culture, and conflicts in so short a time.
It was sometime junior year that life after high school began to feel imminent. Now was action time. My parents had been preparing me for the certainty of college for as long as I could remember. So I started my search for the perfect college. I looked high and low, across the country, and around the world for a school that could and would be my match.
O n either the second or third night of marathoning Star Wars Battlefront II, a game I purchased from Steam’s summer sale a few days before, my dad came into the kitchen, looked at my screen and said “you’re still playing that?” A reasonable question. I had already played for two [...]
Sept. 11, 2001: two FBI agents show up outside our front door asking my dad why the blueprints to Boeing 757 aircraft and Palm Beach International Airport were downloaded onto his computer. Little did the agents or my father know that it was I, an innocent six-year-old boy, who had committed “the crime.”
Dylan Finley goes to see Jon Batiste and the band Stay Human play in New York City's Zankel Hall. Struck by these princes of jazz, these sultans of swing, these lords of the drum - he riffs and remembers the night to review their new album, Social Music.
Living in New York, I'd be remiss if I didn't write about Banksy and his month-long residence in the Big Apple. In the last few weeks, much has been made on the local news and the blogosphere about the enigmatic stencil artist from Britain and his numerous projects around the city. However, until a few days ago, I admittedly found it difficult to actually care.
Alicia Lai is the Founder / Editor-in-Chief of the Postscript Journal, a print literary magazine with an international audience. She received the Easterday Poetry Prize and was a scholarship winner from the Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize. Her work is published in The Kenyon Review, National Poetry Quarterly, Apprentice Writer, Curio Poetry, among others. She is currently a senior at State College Area High School.
Over the past few weeks, I have observed Kenyon College's Take Back the Night dialogue on sexual consent. As a freshman, I have participated in several of these discussions over the past month: I’ve been introduced to sexual misconduct advisors, watched a staged act of sexual misconduct in the play Real World: Gambier, and met my Beer & Sex Advisors—student counselors who specialize in issues involving alcohol, drugs, and sexual conduct.
If you weren’t the subject of emotional torture and repeated psychological assault in middle or high school, I’m not entirely sure I trust you. Additionally, if you weren’t the distributor of such experiences at one time or another, I doubly don’t trust you. It’s an accepted fact of adolescence; everyone gets bullied.
Davey Wreden's The Stanley Parable was released on Steam today. The game challenges ideas of narrative, choice, and storytelling in clever, amusing, and significant ways. Maurice Grela talks to Wreden about what it was like developing, testing, and launching the game, and more.
The summer after he graduated high school, Ross Harding wanted adventure. It was time to get away from home and from 13 years of classroom life. He felt invincible. During his road trip across the western United States, it didn't take long for that to change.
Our editors select stories that caught their eye in both news and culture you may have missed. This week, it's Noam Chomsky on Drones, Senator John McCain hires a disgraced analyst, Esquire gets fooled by Alex Jones, burnt masterpieces, and the 1000 books the artist Lorde supposedly read before she was 12.
A little over a year ago, I played a show in a stranger’s basement in Central Jersey. I didn’t know any of the bands I was playing with, so I decided to dig around online a few days prior to the show. All of the bands offered free demo tapes on Bandcamp, but I couldn’t get one of the demo tapes out of my mind: a raspy singer with a folky acoustic guitar.
Two summers ago I was a page in the United States Senate. For a month, the entire focus of the Senate’s proceedings was to raise the debt limit or risk a government shut down. Today, I pull up Politico on my phone and the issue at hand is exactly the same as two summers ago.
I discovered Enrico Caruso through the documentary The Art of Singing, probably in between spins of Kanye West’s Yeezus and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. In my tripping along this year’s musical “frontier,” Caruso was an intruder. But I listened, and I researched, and his intrusions became more welcome...
Chris Norman, our intrepid television columnist, cannot stop talking about Breaking Bad. Already, he has turned several unenlightened editors into withered Seasons 1-5 Netflix marathoning husks. In this essay, he looks back and reflects on the development of the character Walter White during the show, and what he’s expecting from the series finale.
Practical announcements within! The news: our staff has finished settling into their first semesters at college and it’s time to get publishing. We promise new content, more contributors, and a target for next year to launch the magazine next spring. As always, we invite you to submit or apply if you are interested in contributing just once, or regularly.