Crimson staff writer

Kurt P. Slawitschka

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The Wind Rises

When "The Wind Rises," Miyazaki Soars

“The Wind Rises” is a bittersweet but ultimately joyful ride from a true master of his work. Miyazaki had the fortune of having more than “ten years in the sun" and will be sorely missed.

Praying Drunk

"Praying Drunk" an Intoxicating Collection

Well-hidden within Kyle Minor’s “Praying Drunk,” a book that lies somewhere between story collection and novel, are five pages completely covered in matte black ink, margin-to-margin, front and back. These pages are not a gimmick; Minor’s writing stands on its own.

Visual Arts

Art For Sale

The arrangements of goods in a store are never random. Are they designed merely to entice customers, or can the design of a store be characterized as an art in itself? Writer Kurt P. Slawitschka investigates.

On Campus

Blanco Explores Poetry, Identity

Richard Blanco is the youngest inaugural poet ever, as well as the only one to be an immigrant or openly gay. In his lecture and discussion at Winthrop House on Wednesday, Blanco explored how these various identities have informed his poetry, and how they have evolved in the wake of the inauguration.

On Campus

Shakespeare's Dysfunctional Families

The decadence of the pool that once was, before its conversion to a small, intimate theater—and the tales of coed skinny-dipping and a few fabled orgies—is a stiff act to follow. Nevertheless, the dauntless Hyperion Shakespeare Company was the latest to take on such an endeavor and the verdict? Not bad. The Hyperion performed ten scenes, mostly well-known, from seven of Shakespeare’s plays, with all of the scenes based on the theme “Family Feud.”

"The Harvard Cipher"

"The Harvard Cipher"

"The Harvard Cipher"
On Campus

Taking Jewish Harvard Rap to the Max

Two students face-off and talk about the role that Judiasm plays in their lives as artists, students, and rappers.

Visual Arts

Swooning Over Urban Art at the ICA

Swoon brings a new kind of art to the ICA


Jim Petosa Takes the Reins at NRT

Director of the College of Fine Arts at Boston University to become artistic director of one of Boston's most important theaters.

On Campus

Preview: Little Shop of Horrors

This production will attempt to toe the line between the source material’s ridiculous, lighthearted aspects and dark, twisted plot progression without deviating into camp.

On Campus

‘Measure’ a Measured Success

The Carpenter Center's "Measure for Measure" is a success despite its lack of a cohesive link between science and art.

On Campus

Strong Characters Ground Zany ‘Putnam’

While the production had its errors, it more than made up for them with irreverent improvisation, authentic characters, a strong ensemble, and effective technical production.


Foster the People More Than “Pumped Up”

The concert was an electrifying performance of their latest album, “Torches,” and was equal parts spectacle and dance party.