Norway is an exceedingly quiet place. During the few weeks I spent there this summer, I found its peacefulness and pervasive solitude remarkable. People I met constantly spoke of the insularity of their fellow Norwegians. While it is as volatile politically as the next multi-party democracy, relative calm extends even to political discourse. The Norwegians
By Ellen Mayer To many, vintage shopping sounds like a daunting activity—a commitment of time and energy. It sounds like you’ll be faced with cluttered clothing racks, gratuitous tulle, outdated sizing, and judgmental hipster shop clerks, and like it might be easier to peruse the Urban Outfitters bargain basement instead. Here are four local
Most places won’t serve this to you for a few very good reasons,” Will said to me as he delicately placed a raw egg yolk into a small shooter glass on the bar before me, sliding it along a spoon into the awaiting layered liqueurs. As instructed, I sipped on the egg whites and bitters
The occupy movement has ushered in a new understanding of “the public.”An essential aspect of Occupy movement’s platform is the envisioning of a different kind of culture – one with engaged citizens and a renewed collective ideology. Part of that is the creation of public art and architecture that is community-oriented, accessible, beautiful and imaginative.
Last year on Christmas Eve, a fascinating op-ed from an unlikely source appeared in The New York Times. Chef Rene Redzepi, of the high-profile Copenhagen restaurant Noma, called for Americans to think twice before throwing out their Christmas trees on December 26. “Evergreen, Ever Delicious” was the headline. Redzepi is known for his extreme adherence
We may have a diverse campus, but it is not an interconnected one, and I feel that admitting increased numbers of minorities and international students can only help so much.
The Museum of Science is not the most serious place in the world. It’s an interactive museum, noticeably geared towards kids and families, with plenty of things to “play” with in each exhibit. The most recent addition to the museum, however, is decidedly somber. Since the Pompeii exhibit left Pompeii, visitors have flocked to museums worldwide to see the famed body casts and the remains of an early-documented society. What makes the Pompeii exhibit so interesting, I think, is not the age of the artifacts (very old), or how tragic the story is. There are accounts of earlier civilizations in writing and art, and terrible things have happened to groups of people in history before and since Pompeii.
More and more frequently now, friends and acquaintances of mine will ask me what the Occupy Movement is—what it’s about, what its goals are, how long I think it will last, and why I’m a part of it. After three weeks of dedicating almost every waking moment to thinking about, participating in, and working for
Last semester, when Tufts junior Ben Weitzman logged onto to Facebook chat to message a friend, he was surprised to see a long-forgotten conversation from the previous school year appear on the screen. “I realized that they were storing every single thing I’ve ever said in chat,” the computer science major said. “This was unnerving
There are certain topics comedy doesn’t touch. Cancer tends to fall near the top of the comedic “don’t” list. But perhaps we’ve been too quick to separate the subject from laughter, which is, after all, one of nature’s best remedies. To poke fun at the stigma surrounding terminal illness is to chip away at its
By Christopher Blackett Paul looked out the side window of the cockpit of his Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber. Below was the vast expanse of ocean. Clouds drifted below his plane, and he felt an indescribable excitement. A whole world was opening up underneath his bomber. Paul was religious—his mother Enola had brought him up