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Crimson opinion writer

Aurash Z. Vatan

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Op Eds

The Dangers of Drinking from a Firehose

Some firehosing is useful to build the skills necessary to eventually do real work or research. It will occasionally be necessary to use a result we can’t prove or quote a passage we don’t fully understand. But we can plan our commitments at Harvard so we only have to do so rarely. And at the very least, we should feel a little guilty whenever we do.

Columns

The Vast Reserves of Humanity

In the wake of a breathtaking, border-line unbelievable 12-month vaccine effort, I’m just writing to record my amazement at humanity’s vast reserves. Welled up in people, welled up in peoples, springing forth in every crisis and, sometimes, just for the hell of it.

Columns

Tom Lehrer and His Descendants

SNL and the Daily Show and all the rest have a decision to make: are there any sacred cows left worth targeting? If not, then satire must reinvent itself.

Columns

Rhyme Before Reason

Ultimately, creative misinterpretation is useful because of how much harder it is to create than to discover. Anytime we read or listen to someone, we have to do some work to find justification for the ideas they have juxtaposed.

Harvard Talk
Columns

The Grind Never Stops: Two Centuries of Slang at Harvard

Each of us questioning just a little bit more, and acting on our doubts just a little more frequently, vastly increases the probability that we’ll be proud of the traditions we’ve preserved and proud of the ones we have not.

Harvard Talk
Columns

Queasy Q Reviews: Our Cue to Fix Technical Teaching at Harvard

It is great that we have a mechanism for providing feedback to professors and TFs, but too often the effort students put into their responses is wasted.

Columns

A Pretty Cool Column lol

Now widely adopted because of emotionally stunted people like me, “lol”-type language inhibits sincerity even in the well-adjusted.

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