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Iris M. Lewis

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Books

‘Heather, The Totality,’ a Gripping Noir Bildungsroman

Everyone in “Heather” is governed by the same primality; everyone pulsates with the same hunger. The only remaining question is which hunger will prove stronger—and, as Weiner concludes his strange and compelling debut, the ending feels exactly as it should be. Weiner’s answer is definitive. The result is “Heather, the Totality,” in its totality: a noir bildungsroman with a statement to make about class, objectification, and what it means to grow up.

George Abrams
Arts

Arts Spotlight: George Abrams ’57

It’s a good home for art because Harvard has been the center of interest in Old Master drawings since the early 20th century in the United States. There are great scholars and teachers and curators—it’s one of the major places in the world for Old Master drawings.

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Books

‘Uncommon Type’ Treads Familiar Ground

“Uncommon Type” is almost surreal in its total escapism. Hanks creates a world anyone would want to live in—and one that is a far cry from the real thing.

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Theater

An Elementary School in Boston: Harvard Freshmen Perform ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

The show was strategically placed during Freshman Family Weekend: The cast, all Harvard freshman, were singing to their parents.

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Books

Crimson and (A Study in) Scarlet: Sherlock Holmes Turns 125

Happy birthday, Sherlock Holmes. A lot has changed in 125 years, but we still need the detective work you represent.

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Books

Portrait of an Artist: Najya A. Williams

Najya A. Williams ’20, who lives in Dunster House, has recently published her first book, a poetry chapbook called “Cotton.” Her poetry discusses racial injustice and Williams’ perspective as an Afro-Caribbean woman.

Music

At the Orpheum, The Script Runs on Familiar Energy

The band is back, just barely, and they still have all the relentless enthusiasm of novelty.

The Mindy Project
Arts

'The Mindy Project': “Is That All There Is?” Promises a Fitting End to the Series

“Is That All There Is?” is kind to its characters, kind in a way that is typical of the show’s past and promising for its future