Songs for the Summer

With summer having finally arrived, The Michigan Review proudly presents some of our “Songs for the Summer”, as presented by our staff writers. Jake Thorne: “La Grange” by ZZ Top (1973) While its official commencement remains set in stone on calendars, the real beginning of a Michigan summer remains up to interpretation.  For some, the mere blooming […]

The Debasement of Political Satire

Monty Python was a popular—and brilliant—mid-1900s British sketch comedy troupe. Recently, I’ve been watching clips of their eponymous TV series, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which satirizes British culture. Their political sketches, such as Party Political Broadcast and The Ministry of Silly Walks, critique politicians and excessive bureaucracy, respectively, and are pretty funny. More importantly, they […]

No Safety Net: Us/Them

This is the second installment of the Michigan Review’s coverage of No Safety Net — a series of provocative theatre performances hosted by the University Musical Society drawing diverse communities together to discuss and re-examine social issues. Us/Them is the kind of theatre that you will never see in America—at least not in its original […]