The Owl

Lucca Swain

Lucca Swain, Social Media Director

Lucca Swain is a senior writer for The Owl and is currently in his third year of working for the publication. Lucca joined The Owl because he loves writing about and exposing readers to the topics and ideas that fascinate him, and this year he is extra committed to furthering that goal, despite how challenging it can be. In his free time, Lucca enjoys reading, listening to music, and exercising. Lucca also is also a firm believer that green grapes are superior to their purple brethren in every way, especially in flavor and texture.

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Winter; the coldest, most isolating season. Photo by Lorna Paradise.

Music for Winter

Lucca Swain, Social Media Director April 21, 2023

Winter is at once the worst and best season. The snow traps us within our homes, separating us from our friends and the activities that we enjoy (unless you ski or snowboard). Of course, when holed up...

These books are far faster read than The Odyssey.

The Book Nook ’23

Lucca Swain, Social Media Director April 21, 2023

The Chosen and The Beautiful The Chosen and The Beautiful essentially a Great Gatsby fanfiction focused on Jordan Baker. In this universe, Jordan is a Vietnamese immigrant and (probably) has magic powers,...

Ants From Up There is nothing short of monumental. Licensed by Ninja Tune

The Best Album of 2022

Lucca Swain, Social Media Director April 21, 2023

When UK rock band Black Country, New Road released their second album Ants From Up There this past February, it was met with rave reviews from critics and fans, who called it an instant classic, a generation-defining...

The Boys returned with its third season in 2022, to universal acclaim. Licensed as promotional content.

The Boys is a Bloody Good Time

Lucca Swain, Social Media Director April 18, 2023

As of late, the general public has been asking an important question: “What the hell happened to superheroes?”. This sudden rise in cynicism can be attributed to Hollywood, whose constant spewing out...

Birdcall, The Most Overrated Restaurant in Human History

Birdcall, The Most Overrated Restaurant in Human History

Lucca Swain, Social Media Director April 5, 2023

Of all the food fads to move through Boulder’s social circles, Birdcall has to be the most aggravating. Before I ever even tried food from the chicken chain, I had heard endless praise for how delicious...

Sometimes, a good song can be a temporary solution to your problems.

Music for Darker Days

Lucca Swain, Social Media Director January 9, 2023

Pavement, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain Pavement is one of the most beloved indie bands of all time, yet among the younger generation, they are practically unknown. The band had an unexpected resurgence...

Fitness TikTok has gone from positive encouragement to sexist nonsense.

The Nightmarish Devolution of Fitness TikTok

Lucca Swain, Social Media Director November 2, 2022

About six months ago, the Owl published an article addressing the fatphobia movement on TikTok, and how that lobby quickly turned from a force for good into a miserable cesspit of hypocritical body shaming....

Fall is a time of falling leaves, Halloween spirit, and quiet contemplation.

Music for Fall

Lucca Swain, Social Media Director October 1, 2022

The Owl is back, and with it the gray skies and Jack O’Lanterns of fall, a time of melancholy and mystery and glorious displays of brightly colored leaves blanketing every square inch of the roads. And...

Summer is one of the most wide-ranging seasons when it comes to moods and music.

Music for Summer

Lucca Swain, Staff Writer August 15, 2022

Sometimes, music comes to encapsulate a mood or season. This could be due to the sound, lyrics, or because of our association of it with a certain memory. And seeing as spring is in full force and summer...

Mid Air Thief’s “Crumbling,” and The Beauty Of Music

Lucca Swain, Staff Writer August 15, 2022

What is music, if not just sound manipulated and meticulously arranged in a way that makes sense to the human brain? When you listen to a song, why does your brain conjure up emotion and create vivid images...

TikTok’s Toxic Fat “Activism”

Lucca Swain, Staff Writer August 15, 2022

Recently, out of the depths of TikTok, a movement has re-emerged in the form of fat activism. The concept of fat advocacy isn't anything new, having roots that stretch back to the 1960s and becoming especially...

Arcane: The First Great Video Game Adaptation

Lucca Swain, Staff Writer May 9, 2022

League Of Legends is not a good game. The unbelievably toxic community is a major contributing factor, though Riot Games’ consistently questionable handling of the game can also cause frustration. The...

The Best Album of 2021

Lucca Swain, Staff Writer February 1, 2022

The week of August 29th was monumental for music in 2021. For one, both Drake and Ye (formerly Kanye West), two of the biggest artists in music, released albums. But Ye’s Donda and Drake’s Certified...

China’s Aggression Is Getting Out Of Hand

Lucca Swain, Staff Writer January 23, 2022

As Joe Biden and Xi Jinping met on November 15th, tension loomed over the entire exchange. The two men had, for the past few months, been engaged in diplomatic conflict over a myriad of issues.  The...

Why You Like Sad Music

Lucca Swain, Staff Writer November 19, 2021

Music is, in and of itself, abstract art. Despite being nothing but sound, music manages to invoke so many emotions from across the spectrum. It invites us to other worlds, tempts us with visions of realities...

“The End Of The F***ing World” is a Beautiful Tragedy, and One of the Best Teen Dramas Out There

Lucca Swain, Staff Writer November 19, 2021

The End Of The F***ing World is as dramatic as the name implies, even if the world isn’t actually ending. But for the show's teenage leads, the world truly seems to be falling apart at the seams. The...

Should Late Work Affect Student’s Grades?

Lucca Swain, Staff Writer November 19, 2021

Every student almost certainly knows the feeling that accompanies missing assignments; a sinking dread mixed with stinging guilt and the frantic, fearful thoughts of falling grades. It only hurts more...

Scary Stories, Movies, And Music To Keep You Up This Halloween

Lucca Swain, Staff Writer November 2, 2021

1408, Stephen King Stephen King is widely credited as the king of horror and for good reason. All of his stories are masterful in their command of fear. But the short story 1408 is, in my opinion, some...

The Sheer Insanity of Death Grips

Lucca Swain, Staff Writer September 21, 2021

Throughout the history of music, there have been those who refuse to sit still in imposed creative boundaries, those who do not let any genre contain what they can do or what they can be. From The Beatles...

Boulder Highs Homecoming is on September 18th, and coming by yourself is not recommended.

Don’t Come Alone

Lucca Swain, Staff writer September 16, 2021

I’m sure that many students at Boulder High are excited about Homecoming: a fun night with your friends, full of song and dance, a night to have fun. I’m sure that many will decide to come by themselves,...

The Impressive World of Ori And The Will of The Wisps

Lucca Swain, Staff writer February 21, 2021

Ori And The Will Of The Wisps is the 2019 sequel to the 2016 Ori And The Blind Forest, an action platforming game that blew all its competition out of the water upon its release. The game was visually...

“First Cow” Review

Lucca Swain, Staff writer December 26, 2020

The American dream is not a unique idea when it comes to fiction. It has been dissected, analyzed and viciously torn apart by artists generation after generation, and belief in its legitimacy seems to...

A Bad Ending Isn’t a Bad Thing

Lucca Swain, Staff writer December 15, 2020

This article contains spoilers for the movies Ida and The Lighthouse. 2014’s Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski and starring Agata Trzebuchowska, starts with an orphan girl living at a Christian...

“Teens Of Denial” Review

Lucca Swain, Staff writer November 18, 2020

Teenage years as a whole is an experience like none other. It can have rough patches, but it can also be blissful. These experiences are ones you have to treasure, or you’ll regret it for the rest of...

With Covid-19 affecting schools nation-wide, BVSD students have felt the impact of online learning, especially during the first month of school.

Online School: Necessary but Damaging

Lucca Swain, Staff writer November 4, 2020

Online school is suffocating. It is a boring, unengaging schlock, with no purpose other than to take the place of the real school we can’t attend. It’s necessary, yet it does an incredibly poor job...

“Da 5 Bloods” Review

Lucca Swain, Staff writer October 22, 2020

Da 5 Bloods, the newest movie from accomplished director Spike Lee, is not subtle with its message. It’s gory, profane and incredibly tense, with imagery of real Vietnam violence and police brutality....

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