Garrett G.D. Nelson

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Thinking is Craftwork

Just after spring break, I piled up the things that I’d accumulated while writing my thesis, intending to return what

Point/Counterpoint: Striking the Right Note

The Mainstream Choice: ’Cause You Asked for It, ’Cause You Need One I’ll admit it—before Yardfest 2009 began to mater

Beyond Service

At our new president’s behest, we have become a “service nation.” At least this appears to be the case from

Annotations: Valentine's Day

A Season for Spending Ah, Valentine’s Day. A day of love for some, bitterness for others, and little note to

Taxes and Duties of the Private University

This piece ran as part of our focus on Harvard's endowment. Last June, University President Drew G. Faust rose in

Greater Metropolitanism

In an article written just before the election, Alec McGinnis noted in the Washington Post that, in addition to being

Vox Barbara

In October of 2006, the New York Times reported that the millions of free newspapers distributed to subway passengers were

Nothing’s Easy

“Rethink,” begged the large type on the official Harvard posters advertising sustainability events last week. The implication of this slogan

Postering in the Ethnographic Gaze

Early last Monday morning, I offered to help a student group I belong to with a round of postering in

Et in Arcadia Ego

As I suspiciously nosed my rented Corolla over the one-lane, open-grate bridge that crosses the Redbank River in Climax, Pennsylvania,

Point/Counterpoint: Applaud Abroad?

Time (and space) to think Recent data from the Office of International Programs shows an encouraging shift in student attitudes

Situations in Space

Like a troop ship launching into the night, the University last Thursday convened a scouting party to the future almost

Notes On A Tire Swing

This afternoon, Harvard students will congregate in Tercentenary Theater for an orgy of hot dogs and background music. The administration

Clinging to Utopia

There is perhaps no corner of the Internet so ebullient this week as the Facebook group in which the proud

The Semiotics of the Seal

Just past Dawes Island, at the entrance to Cambridge Common, is a marble gateway topped with an ironwork trellis. At