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Seaside Procession

A vignette by Editor-in-Chief Jacob Landau, ’22

 

I’ve never seen the wonders of an Aquarium on a weeknight; perhaps only when the weather has been too treacherous have I wanted to go. Who would bother to waste their energy climbing through the snow onto the purple line, among strangers, only to watch the fish in their foreign land? And even so, why subject yourself to such horrors on the train to get there? The T, among strangers, is of the most chaos in its joint captivity; everyone is stuck in a foreign place until they have an opportunity to leave. Amongst strangers every individual is alone. But among a search for swimming fish we are suddenly together. The T smells strongly of bland chaos in the sweaty marks of those past. 

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A Vignette by Lucy Calcio, ’22

 

She gazes through the droplets forming on the windowpane in front of her. The drops splash on the window and slowly make their way down, racing each other across each pane, then finally falling in the same wet puddle below them. She looks beyond the droplets as the waves crash below the gray sky that vastly spreads above the beach. One after another, the white foam surfs the top of the wave as it holds on until the sweet relief of crashing over the top and on the sand below it.

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Silent Mind

A drawing by Caroline Earley, ’21
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The Universality of Bad Foreign Policy: A Review of Noam Chomsky’s Hegemony or Survival

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.

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How to Get Away with Murder

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.

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Summer Newsletter

Isn’t it amazing how summer quickly approaches?

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From Howard Xu, ’23

Spring Contest Winner Announced

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.

Second Residence

Because I could not run for home,

It kindly ran for me

Reminders, hints everywhere

Yet nowhere to run.

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