Miriam M. Barnum

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Books

All "Bark" and No Bite

"Bark" is unable to accomplish its goals without descending into its own form of absurdity—an expanse of self-conscious irony, uninspired metaphors, and general narrative aimlessness.

Books

"Ripper" Not Quite a Thriller

While “Ripper” is an enjoyable read and a generally successful novel, it is also an experiment with mystery writing—one that suggests Allende's prodigious talents are most effectively used in the genres with which she is most familiar.

College

The Harvard Grade Generator

By now everyone's heard the news: Harvard hands out good grades like candy. Dining halls are alive with the sounds of students wondering who is getting all of these apparently ever-so-abundant As.

Harvard Business School

New Policy on Harvard Business Review Articles Sparks Debate

A spokesperson maintains that the Aug. 1 restrictions do not represent a new policy, but rather a means of enforcing existing terms of use.

Music

Los Campesinos! Know "Blues"

The lively, passionate sound that kick-started the career of Los Campesinos! career is still there, tempered by a sense of despair. The imagery is rich, but in typical indie-angst fashion, it's hard to tell if Paisley is meditating on the transience of life or merely upset over his latest heartbreak.

The Craziest Reactions to J. K. Rowling's 'Fantastic Beasts' Movies Courtesy of the Internet
Film

The Best Internet Reactions to News of J. K. Rowling's 'Fantastic Beasts' Movie Adaptations

The news that J. K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is going to be adapted into a movie series inspired a multitude of different emotions. Here are the craziest.

Books

A Tired Apocalypse

For Atwood’s established readers, “MaddAddam” provides the excitement of returning to the world she so vividly created in “Oryx and Crake” and “The Year of the Flood,” as well as a sense of closure previously absent. But the new novel pales in comparison to its predecessors.

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Because Twitter is probably a Warner Bros. casting director’s first stop.

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So you’re not too old to play an imaginary creature in an imaginary world?

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Crikey! Would you look at the size of that acromantula? What a beaut!

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In case you were wondering what everyone will be saying when the movie doesn’t live up to their expectations.

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A mystery that has plagued “Harry Potter” fans for years. I hear they can be difficult to spot in the wild.

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Yes, the lack of tangentially related “Harry Potter” prequels is definitely just as bad as sitting in a prison cell in the middle of the North Sea letting literally soul-sucking creatures drain every happy thought from your mind.

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Doesn’t everyone wear a wizardry school uniform underneath their clothes?

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Actually, I couldn’t have put it better myself.

On Year Later: Boston Marathon Bombings
Boston Marathon

VIDEO: Looking Back One Year Later, Harvard Affiliates Prepare to Return to Finish Line

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Arts

Rebuilding the Past: Harvard's Beautification Renaissance

Awkward Eye Contact
Columns

Let’s Talk about Campus-Eye-Contact-Culture

Dictionary
Columns

Ban the Bossy Ban Bossy