A book review by editor Andrew Ng, ’22.
Chomsky’s best-selling Hegemony or Survival is a masterful dissection of US foreign policy from the 2nd World War up to the US invasion of Iraq. While his acerbic tone may not be for everyone, I personally enjoyed Chomsky’s heavy dose of sarcasm and biting criticism of the US government, a welcome relief after my traversal of Piketty’s incredibly dry Capital and Ideology (review here). Chomsky frequently points out the blatant hypocrisy of government statements and policy, emphasizing the “logical illogicalities” to great effect. For example, one of my favorite lines from the book is “surely this establishes the case and justifies the praise for the altruistic leaders opening a new era of enlightenment. And so it might, if the claims had any relation to the facts.” As we will see, Chomsky’s criticism also reaches across the aisle, ensnaring both Democrats and Republicans in the complicated and pernicious web of US imperialism.
A prose poem by Editor-in-Chief Jacob Landau, ’22
Ten violets grow in soft water. Another eight lilies, struck by the early March sunlight, rise through warm gravel. Fifteen roses appear in melting snow. Fifty sunflowers soar through Florida marshes. Dozens of bouquets emerge from the sullen ground daily. Every year, thousands of flowers emerge—yet again in America.
Congratulations to our winner, Charmi Daas, for her submission, The Sweetest Kiss.
We would also like to extend our congratulations to runners up Iris Xia and Andrew Ng for their submissions, The Queen of the Night and String Quartet no. 1.
Editor-in-Chief Jacob Landau, ’22
Sylvia Plath is said to have been a memorable soul—which should come as no surprise to anyone who has read The Bell Jar.
You tap your foot with nervous excitement as you sit in the waiting room at the MIT Medical hospital. At first glance, the room looks like a typical foyer. However, the hospital has been a state-of-the-art facility for biotechnical research for the past decade. You glance around the room disapprovingly at the worn leather chairs, cheap paintings, wooden tables, and old magazines. Unfortunately, only the expensive holographic projector displaying the latest local news in the corner hints at the cutting-edge technology hidden inside the building. You drift away from the projector’s babble and think back to when you started your project, back when families still had televisions. Televisions! Children younger than teenagers have probably never seen one! Your gaze shifts back to the holographic projector, and you suddenly realize that even the newest technologies are about to become outdated. You can’t stop yourself from grinning with giddy excitement. After twenty-five years of research, trials, and disappointments put into your project, the world is about to be enlightened.