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Melissa Harris-Perry
Politics

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.

The Betrayers Cover
Books

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
Books

"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.

Events

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
Film

"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
Books

“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.

Books

"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.

Theater

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.

On Campus

An Unexpected 'Marie-Antoinette'

So much of our fascination has been with the reputation, not the person, of this infamous queen. But the play “Marie-Antoinette, In Her Own Words,” which ran until Oct. 20 at the Modern Theatre, attempted to give us just the real person.

Books

Meditating on Mortality

The words of Lucie Brock-Broido’s poetry collection “Stay, Illusion” shift enticingly in and out of clarity, reminiscent of the way that the illusions of the past haunt us even as they yield to the immediacy of life in the present.

On Campus

Harvard Monday Gallery Reframes Art of Postcards

In the Harvard Monday Gallery’s latest show, “Of Models, Memory, and Imagination,” the postcard itself became a medium for aesthetic scrutiny. The show, which ran Sept. 23. and Sept. 30 at 6-8 Linden Street, marked the fifth exhibition put on in the Monday Gallery.

On Campus

Artist Spotlight: Paul Harding

Now a Pulitzer Prize-winning author for his novel “Tinkers,” former Expos preceptor Paul Harding returned to Harvard on Tuesday to preview his upcoming novel, “Enon,” at the Coop.

Film

"The Angels' Share" A Visual Delight

As you can expect in any Loach film, there is no shortage of vividly rendered scenery. The cinematography is a real treat for the eyes, a visual whiskey tasting of colors, textures, and terrains. And despite a lazy plot, "The Angels' Share" still manages to be a heartening and enjoyable story.

Books

Kirill Medvedev: Yes, It's Good

Kirill Medvedev has brilliantly anticipated, but not truly managed to avoid the traps of literature and politics that he so perceptively outlines in his essays. His present celebrity as the leading poet of his country is yet a fragile one, by very fact of its inimitable novelty.

Free Time
Columns

In Search of Lost Time

Photo Man
Ivy League

Beyond The Silver Screen

Larry, In His Element
Scrutiny

Professor Summers

Data Sculpture
Visual Arts

Painting by the Numbers: Data Visualization