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Aisha K. Down

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Stereotypical but Stylish Identity Crisis in ‘The Healing’

Jonathan Odell’s coming-of-age story “The Healing” contains a breathtaking density of beautifully written dreams. He explores symbolic threads of identity, womanhood, and mysticism, and manages to tie together a narrative that transitions through the memory and imagination of one remarkable woman’s life.

Barrel-like Nanobots Target Cancer Cells

Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have developed a nanobot that may allow for the detection and destruction of cancer cells.

Exploring August Wilson in Winter

Talented high schoolers from Boston competed in the "August Wilson High school Monologue Competition" for the chance to win a trip to New York

Disengaged Descriptions Mar Emotional “World We Found”

How strong are the bonds of college friendship after decades of separation? Armitai, the protagonist of Thrity Umrigar’s “The World We Found,” finds herself contemplating this question at the onset of the novel. Afflicted with an incurable brain tumor, Armitai realizes what she wants most from the world: the company of her three best friends from college.

Rebel With a Cause

In the night, 300 students gather in front of the Loeb House, home of then-University President Nathan M. Pusey ’28, and look on as Michael Kazin ’70 affixes a list of demands to the door.

Artistic Performance Brings Solidarity to Sept. 11 Mourners

A line of posts wreathed in red flowers cut across Harvard Yard last Sunday. On each was a poem reflecting ...

Stephen Malkmus Continues to Slack Off

Stephen Malkmus is often associated with a ‘slacker’ aesthetic, and this album does its part to forward that image with both an understated emotional tone in its vocals and irony in its lyrics. Yet the album itself is inconsistent, and its overbearing, often self-deprecating irony is excessive.