Alumni Essay

Jan–Feb/14

Arika Okrent, PhD’04, lists the reasons why the listicle is a popular literary form.

Nov–Dec/13

Joshua Mitchell, PhD’89, reflects on how students from Washington to Iraq differ in their understanding of Tocqueville’s “lonely man” in the democratic age.

Sept–Oct/13

Anne Ford, AM’99, questioned her own academic ability—then she started asking questions of others.

July–Aug/13

Into the fray over Hilary Mantel’s comments about Kate Middleton.

May–June/13

Greg Bellow, AB’66, AM’68, reclaims his acclaimed father, novelist Saul Bellow, X’39, from those who would adopt him as their own.

May–June/13

Wayne Scott, AB’86, AM’89, knows from painful experience that an A is not a scarlet letter around here—an F is.

Mar–Apr/13

A scholar reflects and confesses.

Mar–Apr/13

Memories of professor Richard Stern from a student and friend.

Jan–Feb/13

What's in a keyword? Mark Athitakis, AB’95, turns a critical eye on how the Library of Congress and the New Yorker classify fiction.

Nov–Dec/12

Alex Lickerman, AB’88, MD’92, explains how to construct an indestructible self.

Sept–Oct/12

The pitfalls of writing, from a junior thesis to a Star Trek history.

July–Aug/12

During the Cultural Revolution in China, my father was declared a traitor, and my mother was imprisoned by the Red Guards and repeatedly coerced to divorce him.