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Nathan O. Hilgartner

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Seven Songs for the Apocalypse

The world is ending today, and here on the Arts blog, we're going out in style. Here are seven distinct musical visions of the apocalypse, so give 'em a listen and choose your own grand finale.

The Triumph of Death

The Official Hurricane Sandy Playlist

Natural disaster is upon us, and with no class, take advantage of the catastrophe by catching up on work (or not) and relaxing to The Crimson's official Hurricane Sandy playlist.


Finding God in 20th-Century Composition

Music critic and Pulitzer-nominated author Alex Ross '90 discussed the religious music of the 20th century in a lecture accompanied by musical excerpts.

Food and Drink

Food Writer Analyzes Grilling

Steven Raichlen argued that barbecue played a key role in human evolutionary and cultural history during a lecture Tuesday night.

On Campus

Senior Profiles: Emily R. Chertoff, Writing

THC: Who are your greatest influences, at Harvard and in the larger artistic world?

Student Life

Senior Profiles: Mark J. Chiusano, Writing

THC: What is the defining moment of your arts career at Harvard?


‘The Lucky One’ Mauls Concepts of Fate and Love

"The Lucky One" had potential to create a meaningful commentary on the concept of force and fate, but succumbed to Hollywood fatalism.


Locals ‘Mouth Off’ at Story Smackdown

Live storytellers competed to tell the best tale in massmouth's BigMouthOff competition.


Heavy Germanic All-Nighter Playlist

Sorry folks, Spring Break is over. Luckily, the Arts Board is here to help. Successful execution of an all-nighter requires mastery of the myriad emotional states that stress and exhaustion produce—grief, anger, narcissism, joy, transcendence. After careful research, Arts has found that the best tools for dealing with stress are copious volumes of coffee and music from the German classical repertoire. Enjoy.


‘Battle Royale’ Suffers From Unnecessary Schmultz

'Battle Royale' could have shined if it had adhered to its goal of senseless violence and dark themes rather than inserting an unnecessary teenage romance.

On Campus

Portrait of an Artist: Chase E. Morrin ’15 and Kevin Sun ’14

Two student jazz musicians discuss their versions of Thelonious Monk classics.


Pop Singers, Standards, and Sentimentality

What is motivating the pop stars of yesterday to embrace the popular songs of eighty years ago? The question is perplexing, especially when the result is as bad as “Kisses on the Bottom.”