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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…

Literary bites

When an author describes glistening plates of tender beef en daube or a beautifully arranged fruit bowl, we instinctively pay closer attention. References to food and other mundane needs are sparse in most texts. Since readers understand the act of eating, and texts can only hold oh-so-many words, why waste your words as an author…

Elect to revisit these artworks on election night

The writer Toni Morrison once declared that art must be “political and beautiful at the same time.” Since the 2018 midterms are today, arts editors Amir Abou-Jaoude, Shana Hadi and Olivia Popp have selected seven artworks that effortlessly fuse politics and aesthetics.   “Happy Days Are Here Again” There’s an old political adage — a…