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Conversations

Student Life

Dubstep: Classical Style

Name your favorite dubstep song (Skillrex? Avicii?) and Kristina S. Hu ’16 can instantly turn it into a classical piano ...

Scrutiny: Nowinski
Football

Concussed: Down and Out

Chris J. Nowinski ’00 was never supposed to be on the sidelines. As a Crimson linebacker and later a WWE wrestler, Nowinski threw mind and body into his opponents to send them to the ground. Now, 10 years later, his life is dedicated to protecting players from the sports he loved.

Conversations

5 Questions With Matt Birk

Matt R. Birk ’98 was the starting center for the Super Bowl XLVII Champion Baltimore Ravens. The Harvard graduate and economics concentrator has received multiple athletic honors. He was an All-Ivy League player at Harvard, a two-time NFL All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler, and recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award and Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. FM spoke with Birk about his success on and off the field shortly after he won his first Super Bowl in New Orleans this past February.

House Life

An E-Mail Conversation with Winthrop House administrator Joanna G. Miller

FM heard from Winthrop House administrator Joanna G. Miller about the housing process.

College

Out to Lunch with Harry G. Gray (The MAC Guy)

“Excuse me, miss,” says Harry G. Gray, as an undergrad with a bulky backpack hurtles past him in the Quincy dining hall servery. Gray’s emphasis on etiquette might seem eccentric, but old-fashioned manners and general goodwill are routine, the man you may know as “That Nice Guy Who Swipes You in at the MAC.”

College

Fifteen Minutes with Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco was the first Latino and first openly gay poet—and the youngest—chosen to write the inaugural poem, and tasked with an impossibly daunting project of depicting today’s America. The night before he was slated to speak at Harvard , he spent a few minutes speaking with FM.

Radcliffe Institute

10 Questions with Melissa Block

On March 11, FM sat down with National Public Radio journalist and host Melissa J. Block ’83 before her lecture, ...

Computer Science

Hey Professor! Google Glass

FM sat down with Professor James H. Waldo, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Chief Technology Officer, ...

Fifteen Questions

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Fifteen Questions

15 Questions with George Saunders

George Saunders’s “Tenth of December,” his latest short story collection, was hailed as “the best thing you’ll read this year” on the cover of The New York Times Magazine. FM sat down for 15 questions with him about writing and fiction.

Student Life

It Takes Two: Fire Door Friends

Kirkland House roommates Kathleen J. Koenigs ’15 and Nosipho D. “Dichaba” McGinty ’15 met across their freshman fire door. Their friendship is a testament to the fact that, though mostly utilized for eavesdropping, a thin fire door occasionally provides more than just fodder for resentment—it can be the key to finding a best friend.

Gender and Sexuality

Complicating the Binary

“I had no access to resources and didn’t know anyone who was trans.” Charlie continues, “I felt like I would be alone for the rest of my life.”

Eddie Izzard
On Campus

10 Questions with Eddie Izzard

On February 20. British comedian and self identified executive transvestite Eddie Izzard spoke at Harvard’s Memorial Church to accept the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism presented by The HSS Cultural Humanism committee at Harvard. Dressed in his signature drag as he sits with me after the event, Izzard sips a glass of wine and cracks open pistachios with long fingernails painted a bright shade of red. A couple of designs on his nails stand out.

Fifteen Questions

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Lawrence G. Wright is known for his controvercial work on al-Qaeda and Scientology

Fifteen Questions

15Q: Lawrence G. Wright

Lawrence G. Wright has traveled all over the world, but he still speaks with a Texas twang. On Jan. 31, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author spoke at the Brattle Square Theatre about his latest book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief.” Between several book talks and a trip to London, FM caught up with Wright over the phone to ask him about his career and the controversies surrounding his new book.

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