In this edition of The Monthly: Director Greg Berlanti shares how his personal coming-out experience affected the storyline of the film “Love, Simon” in this issue’s cover story. Further reads: The Monthly Editor previews the royal wedding as alumna Meghan Markle nears the road up the steps of the palace. A new student-led initiative aims to bring together more music lovers on campus. We take a look backstage at this year’s Waa-Mu Show, “Manhattan Miracle.” Our resident food critic reviews the Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. for the “Open Tab” section.

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