Illustrated Mug of Lauren Harvey

Whatever souls are made of

Better left unsaid

Brontë’s writing taught me something of the all-consuming, destructive capacities of love. But it was through previous readers that I truly felt the power of a shared experience.
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Warping reality

Making sense of the sublime

The ability to tell a nontruth, but to frame it both elegantly and inconspicuously, engages a reader in a truly dangerous game of cat and mouse.
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Lying to my face

Reading Life Closely

As a result of this desire to believe, novels with unreliable narrators are often misunderstood.
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Remembering Tilikum: the public impact of documentary ‘Blackfish’

Cutting Room Floor

About a week ago, in the early hours of Jan. 6, Tilikum — Seaworld’s best-known orca and the star of Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s 2013 documentary “Blackfish” — died at age 36. Captured wild in Icelandic waters, Tilikum was long known as the notorious perpetrator of three homicides over a period of
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Weekender Picks

The Berkeley World Music Festival is this weekend. On Saturday stop by cafe venues along Telegraph Avenue and hear music in People’s Park. On Sunday Telegraph Avenue between Dwight Way and Durant Avenue will turn into a street festival and beer garden. Both days are free! —Anya Schultz   Stanley
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Dakota Fanning’s latest flaccidly flops

For as long as there have been Hollywood stars, there have been sex scandals featuring their famous faces and legendary bodies. Long before notable nudes were stolen from the phones of the hapless and desired, actors and actresses got into trouble in other, less high-tech ways. Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling
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Happy birthday, Mr. Nabkov

Vladimir Nabokov, a lepidopterist, composer of chess strategies, lecturer at Wellesley, professor at Cornell and Russian-American novelist, was born 114 years ago today. So imagine my disappointment when, upon receiving my copy of Nabokov’s “Lolita” in the mail, I found this:                  
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