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Glimpses of a New Reality

From the VES department to the i-lab, Harvard students and faculty are beginning to explore the potential of virtual reality, a new technology with the potential to create immersive environments. As challenges persist, many wonder whether the medium will transform reality as we know it or simply remain a novelty.

Music

‘Easy’ to Listen to, ‘Easy’ to Love

“I’ve got a premonition,” singer-songwriter Emma Harvey purrs as bandmate Kel Taylor’s crisp guitar thrums punctuate her words. The romance that Harvey and Taylor hint at in their new single, “Easy Now,” may be on the fritz, but the song itself is just the opposite: airy, nuanced, and utterly aflame.

Punk Rock Alive and Well in Cloud Nothings’ ‘Life Without Sound’

“Life Without Sound” can be either listened to as a head-banging anthem or as a reflexive meditation on the 25-year-old lead singer songwriter Dylan Baldi’s foray into young adulthood.

On Campus

Searching for Sites Where Art Meets Politics at Signet Teach-In

“I think as a mechanism of culture, art is inherently entangled in the sociopolitical issues and dramas of the time"

Ryan Reynolds Finds Comic Relief

“I love smart comedy. In times of crisis I listen to Louis C.K. and a whole bunch of other people,” Reynolds said at the press conference.

Film

‘Kong: Skull Island’ a Roaring Spectacle

​If “Kong: Skull Island” is indebted little to its cinematic predecessors in the Kong mythology, it is likely because the film is hardly indebted to cinema at all.

‘Raw’ as Alluring as It is Repulsive

Once an animal has tasted human flesh, there is no way to guarantee that it will not start craving it: The only possible solution is to put the animal down. At least that is what Justine’s father tells the 16-year-old girl in the French-Belgian horror film “Raw,” directed by Julia Ducournau.

Books

‘The Night Ocean’: A Nested Novel

Paul La Farge’s new novel “The Night Ocean” contains books within books within books, like a literary version of a Russian nesting doll.

'South and West' Wanders Into American Life

Though it consists mainly of succinct anecdotes and interviews, this notebook’s poignant observations and musings are fascinating thanks to Didion’s eye for detail and the relevance of the topics she discusses to this troubling world we live in today.

Arts

Music Video Breakdown: ‘Bad and Boujee’

Porridge, funneled through a decommissioned sewage pipe into your infected ear, has more charisma than the trap trio responsible for this human rights violation. The porridge makes more sense too.

Arts

Recap: A Plague Upon Their Grain

This season continues to build on the work of the initial seasons, but I have to wonder if the dramatically slowed pace will undercut that success.

Arts

Recap: Fear and Loathing in ‘Once Bitten’

It’s a devastatingly well-crafted episode, especially in these moments of immense and submerged emotional complexity, but it succeeds primarily because all of the agony rings so intensely true.

Theater

Strippers and Shoot-outs: ‘SKETCH’ Showcases Lineup of Comedic Skits

One of the short skits featured in “SKETCH,” “Book Club,” features the unlikely interruption of a literary discussion by a stripper who insists on providing his services.

Books

‘Flâneuse’ is a Delightfully Aimless Look at Aimlessness

Is flânerie, this art of idling, possible for women? Can a woman walk through city streets, unobserved but always observing? Is there such a thing as a flâneuse?

Arts

Nothing Stays Buried in ‘The Americans’ Season Five Premiere

Arts

Oscars React: Politics, Meet Hollywood

Film

From the Vaults: ‘Trainspotting’

Theater

“The Little Years” Shines Light on Women in STEM

Arts

How These 6 Housing Day Videos Will Determine the Next Three Years of Freshmen’s Lives

Columns

On "Dear Evan Hansen" and self-preservation

There's something beautiful about that connectivity, that limitless reaching out and touching. Social media is a kind of letter: a letter to the unknown, to a vast cyberspace, to the people waiting on the other side of the screen.

Arts

Music Video Breakdown: Child’s Play

Clapping in his face, she screams “I AM TIRED OF YOU AUBREY,” enunciating each word with each clap like a cheerleader gone mad.

Visual Arts

The Pasts of This Afro-Cuban Present: Curator Interview

An interview with the curator for Cooper Gallery's newest exhibition.

Visual Arts

Arts Asks: Santiago Mota

Interview with a student enrolled in Harvard's new Master in Design Engineering degree program jointly hosted by Graduate School of Design (GSD) and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

Arts

Dirty Secrets in ‘Living the Dream’

'Big Little Lies' takes the conventional wisdom about gas-lighting and outright deceptive abusers and suggests a more complex narrative, a world in which deception can be attractive, subtle, and directed inward on both sides.

Arts

'Serious Mothering' Both Twisted and Brilliant

Books

‘Exit West’: A Surreal Look at Relevant Issues

Arts

Arts Asks: Nic McGegan

Arts

Arts Asks: Nic McGegan

Arts

‘Taken’ Down a Notch