Drowning

Who Will Survive in America?

New Orleans in the summer of 2013 crawls with humidity and fire ants. It is eight years after James Brissette and Ronald Madison—both unarmed, both searching for food in the aftermath of Katrina, both black—were shot by white police officers who later claim that the two men, one of whom was mentally disabled, were firing at them.

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Music

The World as Explained by Top 40 Hits

“Pop is insipid,” they said. “The Top 40 has no soul,” they said. “These lyrics don’t even mean anything,” they said. Well, they were wrong. Incoming Theater Exec Lien Le lists the top current events of 2014 paired with the best Top 40 hits written about them.

Top 10 Albums of 2014

From Lana Del Ray to Taylor Swift to Mac DeMarco, the Arts Board picks the year's best records.

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On Campus

Electric 'Seneca's Medea' is a Dramatic Spectacle

The sheer passion in the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club’s red-hot production of “Seneca’s Medea,” translated by the Harvard Classics Club, could have set ablaze the ghostly waters of the Adams Pool Theater. The actors’ ability to convey the nuances of their characters’ emotions through their mastery of tone and gesture as well as and the production’s remarkable use of the theater’s vestigial pool features made for a dramatic spectacle.

'Players' Succeeds in Comedy, Struggles with Drama

Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club's “Players” pokes fun at the life of the actor, a life that seems dramatically more foolish—perhaps even more self-servingly ridiculous—in the context of war. Playwright Alice Abracen’s ’15 script captured those comedic moments successfully with heart, while the play’s darker notes seemed confused, if not unnatural.

Film

'Exodus' Far from a Revelation

From director Ridley Scott, “Exodus” is the story of the prophet Moses (Christian Bale) and his relationship with the Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses the Great (Joel Edgerton).

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'Ivory Tower' Educational

Directed and produced by Andrew R. Rossi HLS ’98, CNN documentary "Ivory Tower" examines elements of the American higher education system at all levels: college infrastructure, student attitudes, and domestic political and economic trends in the United States.

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Books

The Arts 2014 Year in Review Survey Results

Check out the crunched data of the results of the 2014 Arts Year in Review poll, with links to relevant reviews and articles.

Marianne Moore Biographer Talks Poetry, Family

“Marianne Moore became the important poet she was because of her resistance and her survival of her very oppressive mother,” said Linda Leavell, biographer and Beinecke fellow at Yale. “What I needed to do in this book was to tell the story of Moore’s family.”

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Eldo Kim
Crime

News Analysis: Could Eldo Kim Return to Harvard?

Protestors on Mass Ave
Race

Seen and Heard: Harvard's March Through Cambridge

OKWELOGU
Track and Cross Country

Decorated Thrower Looks To Continue Success

Protest
Columns

Reconstruction 3.0

Columns

6. Embers

Alyza Sebenius ends her story in the Sierras.

On Campus

Molière’s 'The Misanthrope' Gets a Modern Makeover in 'School of Lies'

The time is 1666, and you are sitting in a Paris salon among corseted women and foppish dandies. However, as indicated by the lines above, you are not listening to dialogues in standard 17th-century verse. The humor is undoubtedly right here, right now in Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club’s “School of Lies,” a new play that will open at the Loeb Experimental Theater and run from Dec. 5 to Dec. 13.

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Film

'Homesman' Misses Mark

Insanity and helplessness abound in “The Homesman,” a Western that sends a clear message—America’s harsh and unforgiving frontier is not for the faint of heart.

Film

'Awake' Explains Yoga

“Awake: The Life of Yogananda”, an independent film directed by Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman, gives even the most disillusioned or skeptical American a chance to discover the true identity and spiritual significance of the several-thousand-year-old Asian tradition of yoga.

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On Campus

'Assassins' Brings to Life John Wilkes Booth Among Others

John Wilkes Booth, Guiseppe Zangara and Charles Guiteau. These are the names from history textbooks—men who tried to assassinate American presidents. They are also the subjects of a new Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club production that will open at the Oberon on Friday, Dec. 5th.

Campus Arts

Life in Quotes

Arts

The Crimson Arts Vanities 2014

Arts

Crimson Arts Rolls with the Pitches

Arts

Cats

Film

Lives of the Nouveau Riche

Year in Review

The Harvard Crimson Style Guide: 2015 Supplement

We at The Harvard Crimson acknowledge the evolving nature of language, and as such we recognise the necessity of updating our comprehensive Style Guide to accommodate questions that have arisen over the past few years.

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Year in Review

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Bad Movie

An examination of the art of the film review—in verse.

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Arts

Shoot Paper

Erica X Eisen announces her candidacy for the presidency of The Harvard Crimson.

Film

Unappealing Lack of Narrative in 'The Arts Board'

The official Crimson review of the year-long epic film "The Arts Board."

Arts

Artist Spotlight: Tree A. Palmedo

Though we weren’t allowed to record this interview, we promise we took the best notes we could.

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Arts

Drunk in Love: The Music Video

Film

Top Chrises in Comic Book Films (Come at me-soon to be-disgruntled Crimson readers)

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Film

Top 10 Films of 2014

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Year in Review

Editors' Note: Natalie T. Chang '15 and Erica X Eisen '16

Year in Review

The Crimson Arts 2014 Year in Review