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Aisha K. Down

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Monk's Quirky Characters Never Transcend Silliness

To be fair, not all of “Nude Walker” is painfully cliché. It does, after all, have a scene in which a naked schizophrenic—the main character’s mother—struts around rural Pennsylvania bedecked with little more than a handbag and red lipstick.

On Campus

Sasamoto is More than Her Media

Performance artist Aki Sasamoto converses and dances in her fascinating installation work


Papercuts Fall Short on Lethargic Latest

“Fading Parade” is more exhausted than it is cathartic—a collection of generic, somnambulant lyrics and bleached-out musical backdrops.


Romance Fades, Disappoints in 'Ghost Light'

Joseph O’Connor’s “Ghost Light” is a work fraught with strange and marvelous turns of phrase, with words that linger on the tongue days after reading.

On Campus

Portrait of an Artist

Ilinca Radulian ’11’s passion lies behind the scenes of Harvard’s stages, where she can develop her vision as a director.


Oi Talks on Rural Distress in China

Roughly 50 students and professors packed into a small room in CGIS yesterday evening to hear Jean C. Oi, a professor of Chinese politics at Stanford University, speak about the effects of new land distribution policies in rural China.


Poet Schnackenberg Ponders ‘Heavenly Questions’

The “Heavenly Questions” to which Schnackenberg’s title refers are drawn from a set of Chinese poems called “Tianwen,” which ask a series of unanswerable philosophical questions.


‘The Ambassador’ Buys Coat, Loses It

“The Ambassador” provides a close study of a few key days in the life of its quirky protagonist.


Poetry Event Seeks to Foster Young Writers

“I would rather have a more marginal poetry that was more dynamic and diverse than a poetry that had a ...


Shit Robot Best Heard Drunk and in the Dark

“From the Cradle to the Rave,” just doesn’t hold up quite as well to close attention and well-lit room.


‘A Thousand Suns’ Gleams With Vision and Tension

Linkin Park explores a multitude of loosely connected ideas of doomsday and what it means—everything from love to religious justice to political fury to a vague story of nuclear war.