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With Critic, Franzen Criticizes Criticism

The relation between those who create art and those who critique it is notoriously fraught, something that was evident quickly

Crimson Dance Team Tackles TV

As your average Harvard student traded spring break sun-worshipping for response papers and problem sets under the dreary early-April skies

Dovey Reveals Source of Novel Ideas

As an undergraduate, Ceridwen Dovey ’03 never took a creative writing course and eschewed the Harvard literary scene. Instead, she

Worlds Meld in Lahiri's "Earth"

In her debut Pulitzer-winning short story collection “Interpreter of Maladies” and her novel “The Namesake,” Jhumpa Lahiri conceived of the

Nobel Winner’s ‘Beethoven’ an Uneven Performance

What do the great-grandson of a diamond prospector, a tapeworm, and Edward Said have in common? They each figure as

Bringing Change Through Changement

Balanchine described the narrative of his ballet “Apollo” as “a wild, untamed youth who gains nobility through art.” Though it

Conference Tangoes Across Disciplines

Ask any two tango scholars to define their object of study and you’re likely to get three different answers. For

Nobel Winner Pamuk Recounts Thirty Years of Writing

“I think that most of fiction is autobiographical,” Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk reflected before a packed Memorial Church audience last

Ulrich Embraces Historical Dialogue

It’s not every day that hand-quilters in Idaho share a maxim with a group known for its slogan “Never Wear

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Olakunle O. Oladehin '07

With finals on the horizon and sunny spring break destinations beginning to seem a distant memory, who wouldn’t love a

Angst from Vietnamese Writers

An 11-year-old is evacuated by cargo plane two days before the fall of Saigon. A sexually abused runaway steals a

Is This Really ‘Necessary’?

“On the fifth floor of Cabot Hall, the freshmen women talk endlessly of sex.” So begins the preface to “Necessary

A Rich Tapestry Woven in Blake’s London

In an emblematic moment from Tracy Chevalier’s latest novel “Burning Bright,” two children read together the richly indeterminate opening lines


An expatriate’s return to his Turkish homeland, a suicide epidemic among girls forbidden to wear head scarves, a hamlet cut

Come All Ye Cantab Carolers

Offering seasonal sentiments of peace on earth and goodwill to fellow man, the Harvard University Choir will perform in the