Joshua Tranen
Contributing Reporter
Author Archive
Principles of Gardening: Use Everything

My childhood home had a large garden my mother tended to after long days at the office or early on weekend mornings. The land on […]

Dreaming about Balloons: An Interview with Shikeith Cathey

Interspersed throughout the collage of photographs that covers Shikeith Cathey’s ART ‘18 studio wall are handwritten messages, scrawled out in a hurried hand. Some are […]

TV didn’t kill the radio star

Phoebe Petrovic ’18 is a radio star. Only a junior in college, she’s reported for national NPR programming, produced pieces for Guardian-reviewed podcasts, and landed […]

Sexy StaXXX

For Claire, the opportunity arose when her boyfriend’s frat initiation required photo evidence.

Mourning Thoughts: Waking Up Secular on Rosh Hashanah

Monday, October 3rd, 2016. I woke up today to a grey and overcast sky. What a way to welcome the new year, I thought, until […]

Looking through my eyes

There is a moment in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2013 video “I, You, We: Art & AIDS” when Sue Coe almost cries. Coe […]

We Have Been Here: Reading Paul Monette in 2016

Halfway through his National Book Award-winning memoir “Becoming a Man,” Paul Monette ’67 writes about his first time bottoming during sex.


On Jan. 13, 2016, between the hours of 8 and 10 p.m., I was struck with a peculiar literary condition that has, over the past several years, rapidly spread among readers throughout the United States. My symptoms? I was in the grip of the final 100 pages of “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay,” the third book in Italian novelist Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series.