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RECESS  |  CULTURE

"The Best Short Stories 2021" collection allows readers to explore 20 beautifully-imagined worlds

All of these stories are fantastic, and it’s clear why Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the very first guest editor for the collection, selected them. Some entertain questions of love and loss, others grapple with public scandals and shame. A few even recognize the temporary bleakness of ordinary circumstances, and how that can be reshaped by the kindness of strangers. What all of these authors do, though, is distill a human experience to its bare bones.


RECESS  |  CAMPUS

Stock your shopping carts: These are the best ALP courses offered this spring

One of the things that I –and anyone else whose major is not particularly artsy or creative– may push to the backburner is the Arts, Literature, and Performance (ALP) Area of Knowledge. So here I am on behalf of Recess, the Arts and Culture section of The Chronicle, to share my totally unbiased opinion of the coolest ALP courses offered this spring, most of which are already in my shopping cart.


RECESS  |  CULTURE

Why don't we care more about the Pastry World Cup?

Perhaps the deeper cause for our shared neglect of the Cup is a lack of appreciation for food as a demonstration of craftsmanship and creativity, of which the increasingly fast-paced industrial lifestyle is a major culprit. Too often we value food for its ability to enhance our productivity rather than for its own virtue. Thus, the advertising slogan for Saladelia outside Perkins Library: “Yum on the run.” You can often see students skipping multiple meals but never their coffee.


RECESS  |  LOCAL

Rooftop yoga at the Durham Hotel: finding balance during the pandemic

I can’t touch my toes without bending my knees, the splits are totally out of the question for me and I would not consider myself particularly zen. Still, I decided to drag myself out of bed at 8:30 on a Saturday morning to walk half an hour in the rain to the Durham Hotel to take a La Vita Yoga class with Jessica Collette. And let me tell you, I enjoyed every minute. 


RECESS  |  STAFF NOTE

Reaching for zeroes

How does anyone, with a busy work schedule and social life, actually eat three square meals a day? Should I pay a doctor or therapist to answer these questions, or should I continue to spiral in the confines of my (now public) thoughts?