Alexandra A. Petri

Columns

Off the Books

Nobody reads anymore. It’s not that we’re illiterate. We’re just un-booked.

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Hitting the Technology Wall

It’s going to happen any day now. I’m not talking about the day that the Mayans are supposed to return

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Give Legacies a Chance

In the 1927 case of Buck v. Bell, Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes handed down the infamous ruling summarized in

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What am I doing here?

So you’re here for prefrosh weekend. Someone just handed you this Crimson on your way to one of eight ice-cream

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We Need to Talk

“Did you know that factory chicken farms—they keep the chickens calm by making them wear red contact lenses?” I muttered,

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Demise of the Nerds

For generations, they have been vilified. Their lunches have been taken from them. Women have rejected them. In horror movies,

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Fasting and Prayer

For Lent, I gave up going to church. It’s been a sacrifice. Now, when Sunday rolls around, I no longer

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Save Saturday!

It’s Saturday, and I am writing this in Starbucks. I had to arrive early to fight my way to a

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Generation Awkward

Kumquats. Ice dancing. Middle-aged people in love. College students who wear pantsuits. Addressing someone with the wrong gender. That guy

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The Beginning of Wisdom

Benjamin Franklin once remarked that the beginning of wisdom is the knowledge of your own ignorance. This is no longer

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No, We Can’t (Laugh)!

Obama isn’t funny. There, I said it. A fact that has been the elephant, or rather, donkey, in the room

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The other day, a friend of mine made a heartfelt confession. I’d known it was coming, and I was prepared

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Net Addiction

Hi, my name is Alexandra, and I’m a netaholic. In the course of writing this column, I have checked my

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Follow Your Dreams!

As economic crisis looms, threatening the prospects of thousands of future financiers across campus, we arts majors must confess to

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Fame!

Oscar Wilde once resolved, “Somehow or other I’ll be famous, and if I’m not famous, I’ll be notorious.” This is

Youth Homelessness in the Square
Harvard Square

For Homeless Youth, Age Can Compound Challenges of Life on the Streets

On Year Later: Boston Marathon Bombings
Boston Marathon

VIDEO: Looking Back One Year Later, Harvard Affiliates Prepare to Return to Finish Line

Johnston Gate Arts Cover
Arts

Rebuilding the Past: Harvard's Beautification Renaissance

Awkward Eye Contact
Columns

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