Do you think Joy had more fun at summer camp than these two children?

Dreamsicle Summer

August 30, 2013
The summer after I turned 20, I spent every day in mud-caked Ked sneakers, the same pair of blue jeans, and T-shirts stained brown and pink by darkroom chemicals and juice of an unidentifiable flavor.

Hometown Rules

November 16, 2012
You purchased a ticket. Your tailgate attire waits at the ready. You’ve called up your sort-of-friend-but-more-of-an-acquaintance from high school who goes to Harvard and arranged for a bed to sleep in for when you’ve finished wandering around Cambridge looking for a party.
Contrary to popular belief, Albert Einstein was not, in fact, an English major.

Confessions of an English Major

November 9, 2012
A few weeks ago, I dropped a math class. It was the first time I’ve done so, and I waited longer than I should have to turn in the form. It wasn’t the embarrassment or the stigma of quitting (does that even exist anymore, at this point in the semester?) that slowed my pace. At »
Diana Ofosu ’12 works her magic inside the storefront at the corner of College and Corner. Come join her at the People's Arts Collective!

Your friendly neighborhood artists and activists

October 19, 2012
Beneath a darkened sky and a steady drizzle, one storefront on the corner of College and Crown streets emits a warm glow. Two silhouetted figures sit in the window beside a cluster of rainbow balloons. Others enter in groups, shaking rain off their jackets. The date is Oct. 15, 2012, the one-year anniversary of Occupy »

‘This.’ is who we are

September 28, 2012
“I have lost _ _ . I have broken _ _ . I regret _ _ . ” Outside of the entrance to the Cabaret showing of “This.”, a bulletin board is covered in white strips of paper printed with these words. Audience members were to fill in the blanks. The responses posted on the »
The “Celluloid West” exhibit, a display of movie scripts, posters and other bits and pieces from American Westerns.

The Good, The Bad, and The Unexplored: Celluloid West at the Beinecke

August 31, 2012
I have only had one encounter with a Western film, and I can barely recount all 30 seconds of it. While in search of another theater, I had accidentally walked into the middle of a showing of “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” As a result, the deepest impression any Western movie ever left »

Before Toad’s, 3LAU keeps party on Old Campus

April 26, 2012
When it comes to music, my taste lacks nuance. My analysis of live performances follows a simple flowchart. Does the concert move me to tears (example: Jeff Mangum performing solo at the Shubert earlier this semester)? And if not, does it make me want to drop everything and dance until I’m dizzy? If I cannot »

‘Eating Alabama’ one small farmer at a time

April 13, 2012
Against shots of pastures and wheat fields, Andrew Beck Grace narrates a story that intertwines history, culture, politics and a bit of self-exploration. “Eating Alabama” documents Grace and his wife Rashmi as they embark on a seemingly simple mission: for one year, they will only eat food from Alabama farms. But to those viewers who »
John Irving: author of Great American Fiction

John Irving: American Storyteller, English Professor, Wrestling Coach

April 6, 2012
John Irving, one of America’s greatest storytellers, is the novelist behind bold, sprawling sagas that have topped bestseller lists, such as “The Cider House Rules,” “The World According to Garp” and “A Prayer for Owen Meany.” But Irving is more than just an author: in his career, he has been an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, an »

The Composites: a new literary aesthetic

April 4, 2012
The idea is so simple. “The Composites” is a project by Brian Joseph Davis in which he creates visuals of famous book characters using police sketch software. Launched in the beginning of February 2012, the Tumblr features sketches of characters from cornerstones of high school AP Lit classes (like Daisy Buchanan from “The Great Gatsby”) »

Step into the ‘Funnyhouse’: check your sanity at the door

March 30, 2012
Enter “Funnyhouse of a Negro,” and you enter a nightmarish world within the disturbed mind of Sarah, the daughter of an interracial marriage. Like many other works, “Funnyhouse” deals with racial tension in mid-20th century America: the identity issues, the question of colonialism, the strain on family relationships. What’s unique about “Funnyhouse” is that its »
New age fun with a vintage feel courtesy Apple and The Grand Spectacular.

The woes of the DSLR snob: here comes the iPhone camera

March 24, 2012
One definition of a “snob” in popular culture is a person with a specific interest who takes pride in lording his or her (often esoteric) expertise over others. Art snobs, film snobs and food snobs are the common breeds that come to mind, but a lesser-known specimen is the DSLR snob. Since the advent of »