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Arts & Life Reads beat writers

Lasting notes from National Poetry Month

To celebrate the close of National Poetry Month, Reads writers gathered to rhapsodize on some of their favorite poems. Katherine Silk, Staff Writer “Daffodils” by William Wordsworth When I visited Williamsburg, Virginia, over spring break with a friend, one of the highlights for me included exclaiming in delight as I spotted patches of bright yellow…

Leaf through these refreshing March reads

For all of the constant rain showers that help grow flowers, Reads writers share some of their favorite works exploring natural phenomena and environmental change. Katherine Silk, contributing writer “Emily of New Moon” (Lucy Maud Montgomery) “Anne of Green Gables” is a classic, but Lucy Maud Montgomery’s lesser-known counterpart, “Emily of New Moon,” is an…

Reading between the lines for love

In celebration of this season of love, Reads writers share some of their favorite works that delve into the human heart and explore the depths of friendship, romance and more.   Audrey Mitchell, Contributing Writer “The Time Traveller’s Wife”  (Audrey Niffenegger) “Had we but world enough, and time…” The first time Clare and Henry meet…

Reads of gratefulness

In the week leading up to Thanksgiving break, Reads beat writers gathered together to share a read they are grateful for having in their lives and to reflect on its significance.   Sofia Schlozman, Contributing Writer (sschloz ‘at’ stanford.edu) “If I Should Have a Daughter” by Sarah Kay: For a long time, I thought that…

Lingering thoughts on the Three Books

In honor of the Three Books for 2018 — Chang-rae Lee’s “Native Speaker,” Edwidge Danticat’s “Brother, I’m Dying” and Yuri Herrera’s “Signs Preceding the End of the World” — Reads beat writers from the Class of 2022 offer their personal reflections from their reading experiences. Olivia Manes, Contributing Writer (omanes ‘at’ stanford.edu) There are few…

Movie adaptations: Fraudulent or faithful?

Stardust (2007) – Claire Francis, desk editor Starring Charlie Cox (“Daredevil”), Claire Danes (“Romeo + Juliet,” “Homeland”) and the disembodied voice of Sir Ian McKellen, “Stardust” is “The Princess Bride” for the post-modern millennium: ludicrous, festooned with just-slightly-off CGI, witty yet heartfelt and based off a book of the same name (written by Neil Gaiman in the…

Absurdist fiction reads to catch this weekend

This week, the Reads beat staff is interested in absurdist fiction, stories that reflect the inane ridiculousness of life. Entering the temporary purgatory of finals week, these selections will remind you that life outside of Palo Alto is just as crazy and weird as any day on the Farm.   Samuel Beckett, “Quad” — Shana…

Remembering childhood books

In this week’s Reads beat meeting, our conversation turned to childhood books. Not books that were written for children, but books that we read as tiny humans and that left a mildly lasting impact on our now-slightly-older neurons.   Ashley Huang, contributing writer (ashhuang ‘at’ stanford.edu) I read William S. Burroughs’ “Naked Lunch” at the…

Horror literature picks for November

  Every week, The Daily’s Reads Beat comes together to talk about literature and books. Being the end of October, this past week’s discussion focused on Halloween and horror of the summer, a season when you have to read Edgar Allen Poe and watch “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Although Oct. 31 was on Tuesday, horror is still in the…
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