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Grace E. Huckins

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The Harvard Crimson Style Guide: 2015 Supplement

We at The Harvard Crimson acknowledge the evolving nature of language, and as such we recognise the necessity of updating our comprehensive Style Guide to accommodate questions that have arisen over the past few years.


Waters Talks Crime and Cars

“I speak for I think many people in the audience when I say, ‘Yes, we’re back to the lesbians,’” began author Emily M. Danforth during her conversation with fellow queer author Sarah Waters at the Brattle Theatre on September 18.

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Lewis is Cleverly Emotive on "The Voyager"

Lewis’s folksy vocals, clever writing, and upbeat instrumentation have come together magnificently to create an album equal parts emotionally affecting and irresistibly fun.

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'Frog Music' Hits the Right Note

Though “Frog Music” will not necessarily help Donoghue win the Nobel Prize in Literature, she has still created an absolutely successful period mystery.

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“Strange Bodies” Underdeveloped and Overambitious

Excise all that is science fiction from “Strange Bodies” and it might become a somewhat respectable, albeit boring, book; as is, it succeeds only on the small scale of sentences and largely fails as a cohesive work.


"Andrew's Brain" by E. L. Doctorow

E. L. Doctorow cares little for the division between art and science in his twelfth novel, the frankly titled “Andrew’s Brain," and in fact manages to craft a novel that becomes poetic proof of the artistry inherent in the pursuit of science.


The 5 Most Pro-Female Songs of 2013

Outgoing Campus Arts Executive and Incoming Books Executive Grace E. Huckins selects the 5 songs of the year that signal the end of sexism.


"Longbourn" a Disconnected Spin-Off

In recent years, the line between the literary spin-off and a genre of somewhat less repute—fanfiction—has blurred to the point that it is not clear into what category some novels published today may fall. To criticize “Longbourn” as falling on the fanfiction side of this boundary, however, would miss the point entirely.


The Existential Expat

Having just spent two months in Paris, I found Crain’s portrayal of loneliness far more realistic than that of any other such novel—I recognized its accuracy in a way I could not have without having experienced it myself. In this regard alone, it is worthy of merit: it precisely and movingly hits on truth.


Much to Love in "Much Ado"

Joss Whedon's Shakespeare adaptation outdoes most films of its tradition, its stark black-and-white color palate foregrounding the Bard's witty words and the charming performances of its cast.

On Campus

Art Collective Bombs to Heal Cities

Chilean group Casagrande bombs cities—with poetry, not explosives.


Phi Beta Kappa Selects Seniors

Harvard’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter notified 48 seniors Thursday afternoon that they had been selected to join the prestigious honors society.


Crystal Castles Fails to Reach its Own High Standard

Though these tracks are still danceable, for a duo as nuanced as Crystal Castles they are failures.


Inventive Writing Enlivens ‘Maidenhair’

While “Maidenhair,” translated from Russian by Marian Schwartz, is a moving, complex novel, it is most effective as evidence of the factors that make a good story.

On Campus

Five Jokes from HCSUCS

This Halloween weekend, what dwelled in the bowels of the Science Center was not some ghoul or poltergeist but something far more fearsome: the Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society. Here are five of the best jokes from their show.

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Demonstrators Continue 'Black Lives Matter' Campaign in Central Square March

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Boston Olympic Bid Names Harvard Venues as Hosts for 10 Events

Conflict at the Scene

Med School Professor Dies After Brigham Shooting

"Shut It Down"

The Top 10 Stories of 2014