Boston’s Independent Book Scene

By Ellen Mayer   In Nora Ephron’s classic ’90s chick flick You’ve Got Mail, Meg Ryan plays the owner of a small children’s bookstore on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Just around the corner, a new Fox Books (a stand-in for Barnes and Noble) opens up and puts her out of business. Even as

Life Through The Lens

I can’t remember a time in my life before I had a camera. I’m sure there was one, but around the time I was able to start forming memories my parents gave me a present that would end up influencing me for years to come: a Fisher Price Perfect Shot. It had large handles on each side for easy gripping and two viewfinders to make it easier for us kids to look through. Molded blue plastic framed the lens and a simple red strap hung loosely by its side. I don’t know where that camera is today, or any of the pictures I took with it, but that bit of plastic and glass helped shape the way I experienced the world from then on. Some people are said to have a “photographic” memory; I’m not one of them. My life has often been plagued with friendly conversations that go something like this. Friend/Family Member: “Hey Will, remember that time we went to that awesome place and did that amazing thing?”. Me: “Um…No.” However, this often changes once I’m there, seeing the place again. All of the memories come flooding back, as if no time has passed at all.

NQR Unconsidered

Last year, receiving the decision to cancel NQR was difficult for a lot of students. I remember arriving to class late, a friend plopping the Daily in front of me, and immediately hurrying away so I could read the paper cover to cover.  I sat in the Lane Hall bathroom and read every article three times, returning to class only after it had ended.  When my professor asked what was wrong, I simply replied, “I don’t feel well.”

Policing the Protest: The emerging dynamic between the Occupy movement and city officials

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 15, the New York City Police Department descended upon Zucotti Park, the symbolic birthplace of the original Occupy Wall Street movement. The raid was conducted with intentional secrecy; police began taking down tents before the sun rose, and reporters were not allowed inside the park. This move

Education Left Behind: The persistent problems with No Child Left Behind–and their potential solutions

Tufts senior Marysa Sheren is not an education major, but this hasn’t stopped her from fully committing herself to two years of teaching low-income, underprivileged children. She is a corps member of Teach for America (TFA), as well as the TFA student representative at Tufts, and recently found out that she will spend next year

A Very Potter Interview: A Very Potter Musical’s Joe Walker talks theater, eats pancakes, is Voldemort

Observer: How did the idea for “A Very Potter Musical” come about and what was the process like in terms of creating the script and auditions? Joe Walker: Okay, well, AVPM was sort of born from the minds of Nick [Lang] and Matt Lang and Brian Holden, the writers of the book. And I think