Would The Buddha have an Instagram: The Art of No-Selfie

I have been wondering lately if the Buddha, should the technology have been available, would have ever taken a selfie. I have a hard time imagining the slight man posing with his arm outstretched, Bodhi tree behind him, smiling to capture the moment of his enlightenment. But would he have
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Interview: Michael Lewis, author and financial journalist

Michael Lewis is a Berkeley resident and has written and published 14 books and numerous magazine articles. His first book, “Liar’s Poker” (1989), was a memoir about his experience as a bond trader for the investment bank Salomon Brothers in the late 1980s, and he has since written several nonfiction
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Weekender Picks

If you haven’t already, be sure to make your way through Chris Rock’s essay in The Hollywood Reporter on how Hollywood is “a white industry.” — Curan Mehra Here are three people to listen to: “The world won’t get no better / if we just let it be.” Wu-Tang Clan
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Examining the nature of the Cal-Stanford rivalry

Update: Since its original publication, this post has been updated to reflect additional editing. One of my favorite pieces of writing from this very newspaper — perhaps my all-time favorite — was written by Mike Silver in 2002. Silver, working at Sports Illustrated at the time, took to the fine
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On coming home

Every house I’ve ever loved has its own particular smell. A hint of Lysol, a labrador’s fur, the faint scent of spices. My childhood house, I’ve been told, smells like laundry detergent and a hint of something else that can’t quite be placed. But to me, home smells like nothing
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The naked truth

It took me five or so minutes to get bored of wearing a towel. The lake in question was populated by soccer-mom suburbanites toting an assortment of babies and pomeranians. I was 7 years old, and my modesty hinged on some stray sand and a bad sunburn as I streaked
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Long Live the Mascots

I think the thing I struggle with the most is mascot murder. My high school, the Beverly Hills High Normans, had a bitter rival: the Santa Monica High Vikings. I played a zillion sports back then, but I observed most of the proceedings from the bench with mild investment at
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#TBT College Essays

It’s college admissions season! We asked current Berkeley students to dig up their old admissions essays and we’ve published them for you below. Take a read and enjoy.   Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.   I
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Ghost Ghost Teeth

The Weekender spoke to local artist and UC Berkeley student Simon Tran, who goes by the pseudonym “Ghost Ghost Teeth”, about his work in abstract paintings and colorful three-dimensional installations. As a Vietnamese-American, never feeling fully Vietnamese or fully American, his work responds to a cultural duality that emphasizes ambiguity
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