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Yousuf Karsh

YOUSUF KARSH, (1908-2002)

Yousuf Karsh, born in Armenia in 1908, was the best portrait photographer of 20th century. Because of Turks’ massacre and persecution of Armenians, he had to flee to Syria with his family. Later, he was sent to Canada to live with his uncle, a photographer in Quebec.

Yosuf Karsh, self portrait

“My chief joy is to photograph the great in heart, in mind, and in spirit, whether they be famous or humble.”

His work is currently on display Sejong Museum of Art in Seoul, and it’ll be on all through May. I went to see this exhibition a few days ago thinking, “how can portraits be artistic?” but I was wrong. Although I don’t have a great sense of taste or knowledge in recognizing art, I can see that his photos really are amazing and unique. He captures every single detail, every strand of hair, every thread of his models. And when you look at his portraits, you can almost see the soul of the person in the picture. You feel as if you personally knew the people in Karsh’s pictures.

Karsh has captured many famous politicians, stars, and artists of the 20th century, but for me, the most memorable ones for me were his photography of Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Audrey Hepburn, Andy Warhol, and Elizabeth Taylor. I put up the pictures, but trust me, it looks way better to have a look at them in real life.

Elizabeth Taylor

Audrey Hepburn

Winston Churchill

Andy Warhol

Albert Einstein





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I’m finally done with AP exams!

I know this is totally off-topic, but I really wanted to write about AP exams, after having gone through one.

This was my first year in taking an AP course, and I took AP World History. I took the exam two days ago, and thankfully, it was way easier than I’d thought it’d be, but the stress PRIOR to the exam was tremendous. All I could think was, “what if I don’t even get a 3? What if I get a 1 or a 2?” For those of you taking AP’s for the first time, I’d like to give you some tips.

1. Personally, iI think Princeton Review is the best one for APWH preparation. Although Barrons has chapter quizzes that PR doesn’t, Barrons is disorganized, and it only confuses you. Princeton Review APWH also has sections like “Compare this” or “Changes and Continuities,” which not only help you remember things, but they also help for essay preparation.

2. Go through all the files that your AP teacher gives you. Mostly, they’re all big-picture stuff, and they’re extremely helpful when reviewing. It’s a big pain to go through and read everything, but believe me, it helps.

3. When reading your prep book, annotate. Personally, reading doesn’t help me memorize. If I write important points, timelines, or main concepts beside each paragraph, and use multiple pens, I can remember that stuff a lot easier later on. And it also helps when you’re doing some last minute review the day before the exam. You can’t read the prep book all over again, but you can see what you wrote on the side.

4. Try writing main points of each unit without looking at anything; it helps you pull stuff together.

5. Drink a lot of water, eat bananas, and get a good night’s sleep. Staying up all night studying for an AP exam will not help you get a 5.

6. Relax. You’ve learned the course at school throughout the year, and there is no way you’ll get under a 3, unless you failed the AP course. After all, this is only one test. If you totally bomb it, there are other chances. This test alone will not determine what college you go to.

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Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman (Natalie Hershlag)

Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem, Israel, on June 9, 1981. She moved to Washington, DC, and her family settled in New York later on. She was spotted at a pizza place when she was 11 and decided to pursue a career in acting. Her debut movie was Leon: The Professional (1994). Despite her early acting career, she was still an intelligent student who graduated with honors, and she went into Harvard University.

I’ve decided to write a post on Portman because her recent movie, Black Swan, is a big hit, and she’s one of m favorite actresses. I’ve always thought she was similar to Audrey Hepburn. She’s as gorgeous as Hepburn and she has the same elegance. All Hollywood stars are extremely good looking and attractive, but sometimes I get sick of constantly looking at people who have the same image: seductive, glamorous, unrealistic, superficial. However I think Natalie Portman has a different atmosphere. She’s very classy, elegant, and full of life, despite the fact that she’s extremely short. She’s an amazing actress, and an interesting person. Most stars who start their acting careers at an early age turn out to be wild and reckless. Look at Lindsay Lohan, or the Olsen twins. They used to be so cute, and loveable as child actresses, and now, the only word that comes to my mind when I see them is “trashy.” So I was surprised when I heard that Natalie Portman was a Harvard graduate. She’s always admitted that she is a geek, that she loved school and learning new things. She also said she worked hard because she preferred being a smart woman, rather than being a pretty, attractive woman. I really like her confidence and her ability to freely admit something that others wouldn’t.

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Love and Other Drugs (2010)

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Drama

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway

Plot: Maggie (Anne Hathaway) is a Parkinson’s patient, but she is a confident woman who never lets anything defeat her. Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a confident salesman and also a ladies’ man. Wherever he goes, women are attracted to him. When they first meet, they’re only interested in each other for hitting up. However, they start to fall in love with each other more and more, but Maggie refuses to have an official relationship with him…

I watched this movie on the plane because I was bored, and I hated it.

This movie was just bad. Half of the movie was about having sex and half of the movie was about her disease. As you can see, the plot line is a typical chick flick, with typical characters: a free-spirited, confident woman and a player who’s met his match. I don’t suggest this movie to anyone, unless you’re in love with Anne Hathaway, or Jake Gyllenhaal. Everything from the plot, settings, and the characters were just bad. If their intention was to make this movie a romantic comedy with some serious, emotional moments, they failed. It was just a horrible movie.

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