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For Linguistics Influencer Adam V. Aleksic ’23, Language is Political

One of the Internet’s first and only “linguistics influencers,” Aleksic, who works under the handle @etymologynerd, spends his time post-graduation traveling the world and creating videos about etymology for an audience of over 1.3 million across TikTok and Instagram.

The Best Book I've Read for a Harvard Course

The Best Books We’ve Read for a Harvard Course

Here we share some of our favorite books that we’ve read for a Harvard course, and we hope you’ll consider checking these works out as well!

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How Often Do You Think About the Riordan Empire?

In weaving the classical hero’s journey through the streets of New York, Riordan leaves us with the pipe dream that maybe we, too, will be called upon by the gods.

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Lit Mag Initiations

Through a melting window in one of the house’s most filthy, most literary rooms was a lonesome telephone pole where hardly anyone had ever pondered mortality. Inside, members lay in a heap, surviving on smoke and metaphysical poetry.

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‘The White Man’s College’: How Antisemitism Shaped Harvard’s Legacy Admissions

A Harvard education has the ability to change someone’s life, and, when leveraged properly, to influence the course of the nation. But as legacy admissions favor the children of alumni — who are disproportionately white and wealthy to begin with — many are left questioning the degree to which the University can truly act as an engine of change.

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Shit-faced Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ Review: A Night of Drunken Drama

While only one cast member was inebriated, the rest of the cast was undeniably under the influence of her antics. Shit-faced Shakespeare's "Macbeth" allows laughter and chaos to take center stage, leaving behind the somber complexity of the traditional tragedy.

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A Not-So-Fair Verona

Local traditions surrounding young Juliet’s statue speak more to an undercurrent of misogyny than the quest for a love that conquers all.

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‘Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812’ Preview: A Unique Show, Ambitious Undertaking, and Meaningful Experience

“Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812” is a unique show with a passionate cast and crew.

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Let’s Go: Gone at 63

“Let’s Go” was a travel guide written and produced by student members of Harvard Student Agencies. Today, it has all but disappeared from travelers’ pockets, from the internet, and from Harvard’s campus.

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Become a Boba Shop To Get Into Harvard — by Your Friendly HSA College Tutor

It’s getting harder and harder to get into Harvard. Forget about all the stress that comes with crafting the perfect application and simply secure your spot by becoming a boba shop. You’ll find your way into every single classroom in no time.


On GRWM Videos: Will We Ever Just Be Ready?

Women poised in front of the camera, make-up brush in hand, have become ubiquitous across TikTok, Instagram reels, and social media more broadly.

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'Solito' Review: Is Empathy Enough?

As Zamora narrates the hardships he survived, the reader is left to grapple with the enormity of his situation and its apparent hopelessness.


'Derry Girls' Review: Season Three's Triumph Through Troubles

The beauty of “Derry Girls” is that it never tries to find an answer: Its three seasons have captivated viewers with stories of bold, anxious, hilarious, awkward, and earnest teens as they experience the messed-up, beautiful world around them.

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The Top Ten Halloween Candies, Ranked

It’s official. Spooky season has arrived.

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Books for Busy Readers: The Crimson’s Top Picks

If you need a break from studying or if you’ve exhausted Netflix, cozy up with a captivating, quick read recommended by The Crimson.