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Victoria Zhuang

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Boston Ballet Premieres "Lady of the Camellias"

The Boston Ballet premiered the twentieth anniversary run of Val Caniparoli's "Lady of the Camellias" at the Boston Opera House last Thursday, to poignant effect.

Year in Review

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Bad Movie

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

Updike in 2006

Staff Rec: 'Higher Gossip'

Arts Board Staff Writers tell about the stories of the books that have changed them. In this installment, Victoria Zhuang explores her relationship with John Updike's "Higher Gossip."


In 'Different Bed,' Jemc Falters

Jac Jemc’s recent collection of stories is the kind that qualifies for applause at intervals only. The title, “A Different Bed Every Time,” is perhaps too appropriate for its own good.


Ford's Newest a 'Frank' Success

Absence, omission, and forgetting turn out to be the true center of the book; there is no external destination to be striven for, no climax and ending to be buttoned on this tale.

Melissa Harris-Perry

MSNBC Host Advocates Political Inclusivity

Nearly 400 attendees crowded into the Radcliffe Institute’s Knafel Center to hear Harris-Perry’s talk, given as this year’s Maurine and Robert Rothschild Lecture.

Kill the Messenger

'Kill the Messenger' a True-to-Life Portrayal of Journalist Gary Webb

Director Michael Cuesta's "Kill the Messenger" tells the true story of how American journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner) wrote an article in the 1990s exposing corruption in the US government, tasted fame, then paid for it.

The Betrayers Cover

In 'Betrayers,' Bezmozgis Stays True to Literary Tradition

To read a novel like David Bezmozgis’s “The Betrayers” in this mighty age of American literary mass-production is like getting to nibble on one of those small, precious slabs of black-market chocolate in “1984.” Aha! is the feeling: here is a book that recalls what fiction can do! Its quality is concentrated in every part, not scattered about and diluted.

Dan Cover

"Dan" Disappointing

Yes, it is worthwhile to read this feisty little novel, which was written by Joanna Ruocco and published by an innovative women’s literature group called Dorothy, A Publishing Project. But the worth may not be in its pleasure so much as its pain.


Panelists Weigh Implications of Cyprus Natural Gas Reserves

The discovery of natural gas reserves around Cyprus raises both hope and concern regarding relations among countries in the Middle East and Europe, panelists said Thursday at the Center for European Studies.

Skeleton Twins

"Skeleton Twins" Both Grim and Comedic

There are a lot of dissonant notes in “The Skeleton Twins,” but at some point the film, like its troubled characters, does begin to achieve a difficult harmony. Johnson’s suggests how, by sharing our burdens in mutual sympathy and good humor, we just may have the chance to keep each other afloat.

The Secret Place

“Secret Place” a Transporting Experience

Reading “The Secret Place” is like living adolescence all over again: tumbling down a hole into adulthood, awakening to a world terrifically distorted yet recognizable, feeling misunderstood by everyone and desperate to please.

David Hilliard
On Campus

Portrait of an Artist: David Hilliard

For Hilliard, who has backgrounds in theater and film, photography has a “magic” related to but unique from that of cinema and stage. His paneled photographs, which show glimpses of human scenes in progress, feel like a spectacle unfolding at the viewer’s pace.


"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

Paintings, antique furniture, literature: in Donna Tartt’s latest novel, “The Goldfinch,” the believability of these art objects invariably surpasses that of the human characters. Tartt’s title “character” is not a fictional person but rather a 17th century Dutch trompe l’oeil painting of the same name.


In Boston, On Broadway

Since the arrival of artistic director Diane M. Paulus ’88, the ART has been developing a new identity for itself on several fronts, including increased ties to New York, opportunities for Harvard students to assist large productions, and devotion to spreading participation in making theater.

Santa Lucía

Trading Seasons: Spending Summer Break in a Chile Winter

Adulthood Is Relative

Adulthood Is Relative

A Taste of Italy 2

A Taste of Italy: On Milan, Siena, and Studying Abroad

Le Quatorze Juillet

Le Quatorze Juillet