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Intimations is an approximately 100 page series of essays in the form of a memoir written by Zadie Smith that was first  published in 2020. Smith is also the author of White Teeth and On Beauty.

Book Corner: “Nothing to be afraid of — we’ll get through this, all of us, together”

by Sarah Mohammed, Features Editor October 21, 2021

Entering Zadie Smith's “Intimations,” I expected to see loss alongside love, loneliness alongside care. I didn’t just expect it: I needed it — so I could try to do the same myself. As a writer,...

Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade is a 200 page true crime memoir by Walter Kirn that was first published on March 3, 2014. Kirn is also the author of Up in the Air, Thumbsucker and Lost in the Meritocracy.

A murder for the sake of literature

by Aastha Mangla, Reporter April 20, 2021

Aastha's ranking: ★★★☆☆ From simply grazing my eyes over my bookshelf, I can easily identify red covers and crackled text, the telltale signs of horror novels. My interest in horror novels...

“Becoming is a 421 page memoir by former first lady Michelle Obama that was first published on Nov. 13, 2018. Obama is also the author of “American Grown.

Politics, race, family: Michelle Obama shares her challenges and triumphs in “Becoming”

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor April 9, 2021

Lucy's ranking: ★★★★★ As I flipped through the first pages of Michelle Obama’s memoir, “Becoming,” I felt as if Obama herself was sitting next to me, speaking directly to me in a candid,...

I then realized that I, an insignificant 7-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Silicon Valley, could not do anything to stop the divine powers and way of the universe. The song of life would not pause for me just because I wanted it to, nor would it replay, and the best I could do was to live in the moment and appreciate the people I spend time with.

The moment between sunset and dusk

by Alena Suleiman, Reporter March 21, 2021

Sometimes, when a rare gust of cold wind ripples through my sweat-drenched hair as my sister and I bike on a hot summer day, or when my lǎo lao (grandma) and I meticulously fold sticky rice cake around...

Ever since I was a child, I lacked confidence. Because of this, I never considered taking risks. However, stepping up to opportunities helps me grow from my mishaps and mistakes, giving me the confidence I need the next time I’m faced with a challenge.

“I believe in confidence”

by Claire Su, Reporter February 23, 2021
Overcoming a fear through a new mindset
I found the perfect route that gave me the right amount of exercise and provided the most scenic views. It made me feel closer to my neighborhood. 

Stories from quarantine: A rainy spring

by Olivia Guo, Humans of Harker profiler April 22, 2020

Glimmering drops of water hang off the bottom of my clear umbrella as I walk along Villa Drive, leaves crackling under my shoes. This was a street I had grown accustomed to on my many walks during spring...

Hiking is a family tradition: whether we are away on vacation or right outside my house, my family and I frequently explore our surroundings. Wildlife takes the opportunity to come out, and I see more creatures than I ever have before.

Stories from quarantine: Hiking into the woods

by Anika Mani, TALON Reporter April 21, 2020

Surrounded by the tall, lush green redwood trees, I stroll through the empty woods. The sun peeks out of one of few clouds in the sky and warms the crisp air. Swarms of bees buzz, and a soft breeze rustles...

In quarantine, we just have ourselves. So I used my time in isolation to see if I could do it all: be both model and photographer.

Stories from quarantine: Euphoria

by Anoushka Buch, TALON Student Life and Conservatory Editor April 19, 2020

Dappled in yellow lighting and adorned with chunky sparkles, a face looks up to a point beyond the camera. The expression is hard-to-read: it’s not emotionless, yet it lacks the extremity of the banal...

An astronomical clock sits on the right windowsill the house’s living room. It has the ability to tell the time and date and show the location of the planets in the solar system. Because photos were not permitted in the Sir John Soanes Museum, students were invited to sketch the various features of the house.

Step into history: Sir John Soane’s Museum lends insight into life in the early 19th century

by Arely Sun, Co-Lifestyle Editor June 18, 2019

As our group of journalism students approached the faded brick townhouse, a middle-aged man with graying hair and a warm, smiling eyes greeted us. We were given plastic bags for our smaller belongings...

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