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Aspects of de-stressing

Vacation as we know it arose parallel to the tuberculosis sanatorium. Whether one took the waters or sunbathed at a brisk altitude, 100-odd years ago, programs of rest and recuperation at resorts and mineral spas were but a step removed from the best available treatments for long-term lung disease. Even if you weren’t a hopeless…

Speech, civility and The Stanford Review

I followed last week’s pissing contest between The Stanford Review and David Palumbo-Liu with perverse delight. Catfights like this don’t come along often enough in student journalism, and in otherwise despondent times (winter quarter, I mean) such performative spite is a welcome distraction from the darker aspects of our current reality (mass druggings, say). At…

Transgress unto death

In the basement of my grandma Pat’s Mercer Island home there is, among other things, a manual typewriter (I drop hints about my intention to inherit it every time I visit), a BB gun I know and love, at least one family of mice (I’m guessing) and four Stanford Quad yearbooks, from 1944 through 1948. You…

General Lee’s long shadow

I distinctly remember the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. That was 2011, and back then we had a black president. To ninth-grade me in South Carolina, where I grew up, the history seemed settled, long dead despite its visible reminders. There were a few leftover plantation houses and the annual battle…