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‘Her Body and Other Parties’ gives shape to female stories

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut collection of short stories, “Her Body and Other Parties,” oscillates between the horrifying and humorous, the fantastical and psychologically troubling, the uncanny and original. All eight stories feature women on the verge of becoming “madwomen in the attic,” challenging genre archetypes and traditional notions of femininity with inspiration from fairy tales,…

Sustainable empathy amid global tragedy

My friends often tell me in times like these to stop reading the news. “Don’t go on Facebook,” many of them say, and the suggestion is well-intentioned, for sure. But I know that even if I abstain from social media, turn off the breaking news updates sent to my email inbox, or even completely turn off my wi-fi, I am fighting a losing battle. Reality catches up to us all, Stanford bubble or not.

Listen to the Silence conference focuses on community healing

Annual Asian American issues conference Listen to the Silence (LTS) saw an increased number of attendees this past Saturday. This event is the largest event of the year hosted by Stanford Asian American Students’ Association (AASA). This year, the theme of LTS was “Towards Healing: Letting Go, Lifting Up,” centralized around “anger as a process of healing,” according to this year’s mission statement.

To obtain closure: Dealing with the aftermath of national trauma

Practically all we hear on the news consists of stories of pain and suffering, the infliction of trauma on nations and their peoples. When an event inflicts trauma on a collective, people must deal with the trauma together, as well as coming to terms with things on an individual level. We can use the events in France this past week as a case study: when events that inflict a trauma on an entire nation end violently, it can make overcoming the trauma much more difficult.