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We Don’t Want to Build That

GoldieBlox: you are a Serious Toy for Smart Girls. And yet in true Goldi-fashion, you’re not too serious, and not too smart. You want...

Three Words for Boston

I would like to follow in the footsteps of many middle-aged male academics and write an essay about baseball. I would like to depart...

Don’t Be So Earnest

Seamus Heaney taught me in my freshman year of college that the verb "perfect" means nothing more than to “make through.”  Perfection?  To follow...

Top 10 Fictional Characters Who Should Be Worried About Climate Change

A new genre, climate fiction, has developed as some prominent writers have begun to explore a world skewed by climate change.  But won't climate...

Say Hello To My Little Friend

“Scarface was a good movie to watch, I watched it like 2 times after the first time I saw it, that's how good it...

Free Speech: or, Movement of A Kind

The Free Speech Movement Café at UC Berkeley is teeming with past and present intensities. The back wall is canvassed by a black-and-white mural...