What the famous painting in your dorm room says about you

Your dorm room wall: the spot on which you can tell the entire universe just what you’re ABOUT without uttering a single word. There are as many ways to go about this as there are people, as no two dorm walls look exactly the same. Even the basic building blocks of the exercise (that poster from your favorite movie or TV show plus those Polaroids of your friends minus that fire-hazard tapestry) are individualized through the prism of our own unique experiences. Her Breaking Bad poster was picked for a different reason than his Mad Men poster, even if they both just remind us of the days AMC had non-zombie shows worth watching.

For artsy pricks like me who put a print of a famous painting up, it’s as much about personal motive as the aesthetic of the painting itself. Of course, when you see Klimt’s The Kiss on someone’s wall, your first reaction is either an appreciative nod to their good taste or a cynical shake of the head at such a blatant display of Culturedness. But someone doesn’t turn their dorm into the MoMA solely to show off how cultured they are — though it doesn’t hurt. Dorm-room museum curation comes from a deliberate attempt at self-expression by a college kid’s raging id, albeit through images and connotations more abstract than the ol’ Blutarsky above the bed. Here are some examples of what famous painting you chose to plaster over the cracks in your wall and what it says about you:


YOU CHOSE: Jasper Johns’ Three Flags

WHAT IT SAYS: You are the quintessential college student on a budget. Sure, you technically only need one American flag, but three-for-one is such a steal, and who are you to deny it? Those modern artists weren’t all raking in the dough in their primes. They understood the struggle. There’s a reason Johns debuted Flag in 1954, took a step back, and decided it was two flags too few. It’s the same reason your laptop of choice is still the Acer Perspire you’ve had since sophomore year.
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Top 5 Halloweaknesses

Exactly one week from today, it will be Halloween. When you’re a child, the holiday’s meaning is quite simple–plenty of candy and plenty of walking around the neighborhood in store-bought superhero outfits while your mom attempts to impose futile limits on the amount of houses you try to shake down for Kit Kat bars. When you’re a Brown University student, Halloween is a celebration of vice–a week long, alcohol-fueled torrent of bad behavior and absurd(ly slutty) outfits. We all have our Halloweaknesses, but only Brown’s top 5 can be found after the jump. Continue Reading

Listicle: Our favorite Snoop Dogg covers

In case we haven’t made it abundantly clear just how excited we here at Blog Daily Herald are about this year’s Spring Weekend lineup, we’ll be featuring various tidbits, musings and other exclamation-pointed nonsense in this space in the weeks leading up to the event. First up: apparently there’s a whole cottage industry devoted to people doing bizarre covers of songs by Saturday headliner Snoop Dogg, often in their living rooms. After the jump, we’ve plumbed the depths for of YouTube for our favorites: Continue Reading