Abigail B. Lind

Crime

Lurid Tales of 'Crime' Captivate But Fall Flat

To combine this darkly fascinating subject matter with the author’s straightforward narration initially seems a kind of alchemy; von Schirach promises to extract insights about “human beings—their failings, their guilt, and their capacity to behave magnificently” from the elements of hardboiled detective novels and television serials.

Film

'The Illusionist' Whimsical But Predictable

Director Sylvain Chomet’s loyalty to writer Jacques Tati’s memory prevents him from exercising his full creative powers, and the film suffers for it.

Op Eds

Don’t Call Me Amateur

The changes that arts criticism is enduring will ultimately allow more people to engage more deeply with culture—but not without growing pains.

Technology

Four Technologies That Sound Really Dumb In Allusions In Fiction

There are a lot of impoverished writers out there with an axe to grind against the big bad Internets.

Books

Saer Sketches a Stylistic Ramble in ‘Sixty-Five Years’

In an article about Argentina’s bicentennial, n+1 founder and editor Benjamin Kunkel commented that in that country, “crisis has enforced creativity.”

Theater

'Body' Satirizes Academia

“This is a weird town,” observes Frank, a visiting photographer, of Shirley, Vt., in Annie Baker’s “Body Awareness.”

Books

Batuman Discusses Divides in Literature

Elif I. Batuman ’99 paused as she read from her new collection of autobiographical essays, “The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them.”

Books

Chang’s ‘All Is Forgotten’ Lacks Polish and Dimensions

An important subplot in Lan Samantha Chang’s “All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost” involves a mysterious poem that is never properly finished.

Film

‘Never Let Me Go’ Lacks Soul

Although “Never Let Me Go” remains flawed, it also demonstrates a high level of technical skill that will serve the director well if he ever learns to trust in the intelligence of his audience.

Film

Cohen Discusses The Power of Film

Though it would be going too far to suggest that director Rebecca Richman Cohen HLS ’07 aestheticizes tragedy, one thing is immediately clear: CSPAN this is not.

Books

'Freedom' Captures the Spirit of Modern America

While an unassuming humanism underlied Franzen’s earlier work, the characters and places of this novel seem subordinate to his coldly rational exploration of space and independence in modern America.

Cambridge

POSTCARD: The Best Thing Ever

In that spirit, I decided that damn it, I was going to enjoy our excursion to Walden Pond.

Boston

POSTCARD: Living and Dying with Boston’s Neighborhood Newspapers

Community newspaper obituaries are the pinnacle of doom in modern society—the most doomed section of the most doomed newspapers in an industry that seems summarily doomed.

Visual Arts

Spring 2010 Harvard Arts Medalist

On Thursday, Catherine B. Lord ’71—a visual artist, writer, curator, and intellectual focusing on queer theory, feminist history, and colonialism—will receive the Spring 2010 Harvard Arts Medal.

Harvard Student Art Show
Visual Arts

Harvard Student Art Show

It is a little-known fact that when the Carpenter Center was designed in 1959, the sidewalk that cuts through the ...

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Transatlanticism

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I Am Not at a Cafe

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Away in Argentina

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Land of Fog