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Editor’s Note – Jack Martin (p.6; read at the Core blog)

Essays & Criticism

  • Evaluating Educational Anxiety: Interviews with Employees of New Oriental, Inc.
    by Tian Liao (p.10)
  • Directing Beckett
    by David Green (p.17)
  • The Sheikh and the Bartender
    by Gideon Gordon (p.24)
  • The Perspective of Children in Iranian Cinema
    by Arezu Monshizadeh (p.29)
    Honorable Mention, Essay Award
  • ‘The Lone Danger’: How Omar Little Western-ized The Wire
    by Kathryn Lakin (p.35)
  • “You’re too close!”: The Personal Space Conundrum
    by Birdie Gile (p.45)
  • British Satire in the Age of Fake News
    by Samantha Vatalaro (p.51)
    Honorable Mention, Essay Award
  • Birdwatching with Karl Marx
    by Taylor Thomas (p.74)
    Winner, Creativity Award
  • The Role of Charismatic Leadership in the Events of Jonestown in 1978
    by Abby Duerkson (p.88)
  • Constructing the Virtual Enemy
    by Charlotte Beatty (p.96)
    Winner, Essay Award
  • Recreation
    by Maria Osipovich (p.106)
    Honorable Mention, Sustainability Award
  • The Great Turtle Is Drowning: The Effects of Climate Change on Mackinac Island
    by Emily Yoder (p.108)
    Winner, Sustainability Award
  • Detachment from Divinity: The Origins of Evil and Milton’s Fallibility in Paradise Lost
    by Lauren Gotard (p.115)

Book Reviews & News

  • Once Again, an Argument for Liberal Education: a review of Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás
    by Nyah Patel (p.121)
  • Giving New Life to the Music of the Oldest Story: a review of Gilgamesh translated by Sophus Helle
    by Soren Chang (p.123)
  • On the Tangled History of Beauty and Racism: a review of Fearing the Black Body by Sabrina Strings
    by Caroline Fernandez (p.127)
  • A Look at History’s Most Luxurious Book of Kings: a review of The Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasp
    by Jamie Poirier (p.130)
  • Travel Writing in a Time of Limited Travel: an interview with Sunil Sharma
    by Netiva Sinha (p.136)
  • Publication Announcements: New Publications
    by Faculty & Alumni (p.140)
  • Core Alumni: What We’ve Been Reading
    by EnCore (p.143)

Arts & Photography

  • View from a Beacon Street rooftop
    by Di Malkin (cover)
  • Photos from Yosemite
    by Andre Salkin (pp.23 & 138)
  • Photos from NYC: Tribeca poster
    by Zachary Bos (p.39)
  • Photos from NYC: West Broadway street art
    by Zachary Bos (pp.41 & 42)
  • Kellyann
    by Alexandra Castro Iberico (p.47)
  • Photo from Tahoe
    by Danial Shariat (p.48)
  • Skateboarder
    by Di Malkin (p.50)
  • Photos from the AMH: Flying Fish & Diving Birds
    by Zachary Bos (p.56)
  • Photos from Cuba, 1991
    by Kyna & Emily Hamill (p.60)
  • Photos from the AMNH: Polar Bear
    by Zachary Bos (p.69)
  • Self-Portraits
    by Colleen Rath (p.86)
    Honorable Mention, Creativity Award
  • Shop Lights
    by Di Malkin (p.94)
  • Photos from the AMNH: Spectrum of Life
    by Zachary Bos (p.116)

Creative Writing

  • A Human-Centered Genesis
    by Mary Regas (p.8)
  • Portrait
    by Eve Kleiber (p.20)
  • A Response to Nezami Ganjavi’s Leyli and Majnun
    by Gideon Gordon (p.21)
  • Geology
    by Danial Shariat (p.23)
  • Haibun: A Salted Family
    by Eve Kleiber (p.34)
    Honorable Mention, Creativity Award
  • Of Greatness and Glory
    by Aidan Patt (p.40)
  • Lost Canto
    by Allie Mascarello (p.48)
  • The Lighthouse
    by Jakob Welch (p.56)
  • from The Tao of Henry
    by Jennifer Formichelli (p.58)
    reprinted from The Core Journal No. 20 (2011)
  • Downstream Boy
    by Lila Heller (p.66)
  • An Island Lost at Sea
    by Jakob Welch (p.69)
  • After Proteus in Joyce’s Ulysses
    by Maggie Farren (p.70)
  • Those Who Love you
    by Nobel Chan (p.71)
  • toast
    by Sarah Goodman (p.73)
  • Résumé
    by Zachary Bos (p.83)
  • Nevertheless, Each Day
    by Travis Tischler (p.84)
  • Event Scores
    by Cat Dossett (p.85)

Translations of Hafizullah Shariati Sahar:

  • Colorful Nightmares, trans. by Savannah Majarwitz (p.78)
  • Most of the Blackberries are Sour, trans. by Juliet Marhamati (p.79)
  • Despairs of the City, trans. by Tayler Hall (p.80)
  • Outskirt of the Sea, trans. by Andrea Guttormsen Wetzler (p.80)
  • The Smell of Cigarettes, trans. by Tayler Hall (p.81)

Online Features

  • Film: Exodus by Lauren Gotard; watch here
  • Video: A Close Look at Mantegna’s “Lamentation” by Sumner Jones; watch here
  • Essay: A Return to Tradition as a Remedy for Anxiety; link forthcoming

Analects of Core
Twain (p.15); Favorite Quotes (pp.38 & 95); Pessoa (p.93); Milton (pp.107 & 114); Emerson (p.120); Rilke (p.135); Campus Memories (p.145); Nachman (p.147); and Petrarch (p.152).

About Our Contributors and Staff (p.148)

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