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OPINION

'From the Mountaintop'

Until the day he died, Dr. King possessed a combination of strong idealism and tactical practicality that I’ve always found fascinating. Nothing expresses the contrast and the balance more aptly than this speech. Not only did he visit the mountaintop. He lived there, positioned squarely between the “Promised Land” he hoped to reach and the mountain-face his people were climbing.

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​Art and institutions

My hope is that through this column, I may use art as an aid—rather than an affectation—to better understand the institutions and perceptions by which sometimes-dangerous distinctions and dogmas are formed. My very brief look at the news media’s cultural implications has been more relevant to the intent of this column than to any actual analysis, insight or legitimate tracing of culpability. 

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The four keys to success

Motivation, productivity, efficiency, and getting things done—there, I’ve gone and spoiled the punchline in the first sentence.

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Politics stops

Over the past few months, the 2016 presidential primaries have unnerved me. Perhaps this disillusionment is merely the product of my “youth and inexperience” or maybe I have been spoiled by the relative civility of the last two election cycles. Nonetheless, I remain convinced that we are at an inflection point marking the edge of the political unknown. 

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To the class of 2020

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