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it's joan didion time, apparently

“Especially in a society that hinges itself on celebrity, does it matter whether I associate myself with Didion because I enjoy reading Didion, or whether I associate myself with Didion because I perceive myself as a girl who would read Didion?”

“Especially in a society that hinges itself on celebrity, does it matter whether I associate myself with Didion because I enjoy reading Didion, or whether I associate myself with Didion because I perceive myself as a girl who would read Didion?” 


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The many spring flowers of Princeton

“I’ve started lingering more, pausing to watch a bird poking at the ground or a butterfly fluttering past. Because of these moments of stillness, I’ve started paying more attention to the flowers that make my run so colorful.”

“I’ve started lingering more, pausing to watch a bird poking at the ground or a butterfly fluttering past. Because of these moments of stillness, I’ve started paying more attention to the flowers that make my run so colorful.”

THE PROSPECT | April 26

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Remembrance of gay things past: My local gay bar

“That local gay bar was a big and noisy tent. There was room there for anyone who was “Queer”, though we didn’t use that word back then,” writes English Professor Jeff Nunokawa in a guest Self essay for The Prospect.

“That local gay bar was a big and noisy tent. There was room there for anyone who was “Queer”, though we didn’t use that word back then,” writes English Professor Jeff Nunokawa in a guest Self essay for The Prospect.

THE PROSPECT | April 22

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Between two communities: Being queer and Muslim at Princeton

“Just like being queer in Muslim spaces felt risky, being Muslim in queer spaces felt difficult as well.” An anonymous student reflects on the challenges of navigating the queer and Muslim communities at Princeton.

“Just like being queer in Muslim spaces felt risky, being Muslim in queer spaces felt difficult as well.” An anonymous student reflects on the challenges of navigating the queer and Muslim communities at Princeton.

THE PROSPECT | April 22

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Stomaching uncertainty

“But, improvement and progress are not binary variables between perfection and abdication — they are continuous with many fluctuations,“ writes Emily Miller in a guest Self essay for The Prospect.

“But, improvement and progress are not binary variables between perfection and abdication — they are continuous with many fluctuations,“ writes Emily Miller in a guest Self essay for The Prospect.

THE PROSPECT | April 18

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Maggie Nelson on freedom, queerness, and (not) knowing ourselves

Covering Maggie Nelson’s recent campus appearance in a conversation with professor Gayle Salamon for Princeton’s Public Lecture Series, Staff Writer Clara McWeeny also explores her own understanding of knowing one’s self.

Covering Maggie Nelson’s recent campus appearance in a conversation with professor Gayle Salamon for Princeton’s Public Lecture Series, Staff Writer Clara McWeeny also explores her own understanding of knowing one’s self.

THE PROSPECT | April 13

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The art of looking up

“It feels whimsical, indulgent almost, to tell people I want to spend this era of my youth studying the stars.” Paige Cromley reflects on declaring as an Astrophysics major and the grounding experience of stargazing.

“It feels whimsical, indulgent almost, to tell people I want to spend this era of my youth studying the stars. However, I think there is something fundamentally grounding about the field — it seems significantly removed from human-scale worries.” Prospect Staff Writer Paige Cromley reflects on declaring as an Astrophysics major and the grounding experience of stargazing.

THE PROSPECT | April 11

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Writing myself into Princeton’s story

“For some reason, I’ve hesitated to write more explicitly about my Mexican identity or my story of immigration. They’re weird, complex identities and issues I often struggle to understand on a personal, internal level, especially as an immigrant to a country with a distinctly difficult history of race and otherness.”

“For some reason, I’ve hesitated to write more explicitly about my Mexican identity or my story of immigration.” 

THE PROSPECT | April 10

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Breaking Up with STEM

"And although some days I wonder whether the grass is greener on the other side, for the first time I am learning for the sake of learning — and that should be enough." Assistant Editor Kerrie Liang reflects on her struggles with letting go of her STEM persona.

“And although some days I wonder whether the grass is greener on the other side, for the first time I am learning for the sake of learning — and that should be enough.” Assistant Editor Kerrie Liang reflects on her struggles with letting go of her STEM persona.

THE PROSPECT | March 28

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Growing up with instant noodles

“Instant noodles will always have a special place in my heart.” Senior Writer Albert Lee revisits the  roles instant noodles have played in his life and that of his family.

“Instant noodles will always have a special place in my heart.” Senior Writer Albert Lee revisits the  roles instant noodles have played in his life and that of his family.

THE PROSPECT | March 22

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'Philosophy with the body in it'

“I found myself in an intimidatingly silent studio dotted with students deep in serene contemplation, forming a perfect circle between the colossal window and mirror.” Contributing Writer Andrew Johnson reflects on his first foray into dance classes at Princeton.

“I found myself in an intimidatingly silent studio dotted with students deep in serene contemplation, forming a perfect circle between the colossal window and mirror.” Contributing Writer Andrew Johnson reflects on his first foray into dance classes at Princeton.

THE PROSPECT | March 21