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20 Great Reads of 2015

20 Great Reads of 2015

Zachary Ngin, Book Critic

December 16, 2015


Filed under Features, Uncategorized

Here is a sampling of the best nonfiction articles of the year.       MEET THE AMERICAN VIGILANTES WHO ARE FIGHTING ISIS Jennifer Percy – The New York Times Magazine “Like Marlow on his way up the Congo, these men seemed to experience a disturbance in their Western consciousness. … These were ...

Book Review: Lost on China’s Whirlwind Roads

Book Review: Lost on China’s Whirlwind Roads

Zachary Ngin, Book Critic

December 1, 2015


Filed under Arts and Culture, Top Stories

Electricity flickers across the earth, triggering the annihilation of old China — 9.9 tons of dynamite. They are building a new Economic Development Zone in Zhejiang Province, and they’ve already leveled exactly 108 mountains and hills. A foreman says they’ve blasted 1.2 million cubic meters of thi...

Urban School alumna Phoebe Gloeckner writes “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” resonates with students 40 years later

Urban School alumna Phoebe Gloeckner writes “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” resonates with students 40 years later

Ariane Goldsmith, Staff Writer

November 4, 2015


Filed under Arts and Culture, Top Stories

“I hate the Urban School so much … It’s an ‘alternative’ private school, a rich hippie school. In other words, I don’t belong there in any way. It’s pretty small, only 150 kids or so. I don’t like sitting on the floor instead of at a desk, I don’t like calling the teachers by their f...

Recreational reading loses prevalence among busy high school students

Olivia Mitchel, Staff Writer

October 15, 2015


Filed under Arts and Culture

Remember those reading logs you got in middle school? Those glorious days when your homework was to spend a substantial amount of time with the book of your choice? No annotations necessary, no passage analyses, just you and your book. To most high school students, that all seems like a distant memory...

“Just Mercy” and “The New Jim Crow” explore the complexity of incarceration

Emmy Hicks-Jablons, Staff writer

October 14, 2015


Filed under Arts and Culture

It is likely, that at some point over the summer, you encountered the omnipresent problem of mass incarceration in America. Perhaps you pondered the significance of incarceration while staring into the fierce and tired eyes that appear during the “Orange is the New Black” theme song, or while listening to the hauntingly dissonant chords of the “Serial” podca...

Review: Need a gift for the bookworm in your life? See the Legend’s holiday book picks

Review: Need a gift for the bookworm in your life? See the Legend’s holiday book picks

Zoe Pleasure, Staff Writer

December 14, 2011


Filed under Arts and Culture

Instead of the traditional tacky holiday sweaters, why don’t you buy some intellectually stimulating books? The holidays are supposed to be about drinking hot chocolate while sitting next to a crackling fire, right? How about picking up a book and escaping your family and annoying cousins for a little...

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