Arts+Culture

The cover of The Escape Artist displays an out-of-focus photo of a young girl leaping through a grassy field.
Spring 2020
Writing memoir is a messy business, and no one knows this better than Helen Fremont ’78. Fremont’s book The Escape Artist serves as a sequel of sorts to her memoir After Long Silence , published in 1999.More
Flames engulf Notre-Dame
Spring 2020
For me, the best of what these “ancients” left us keeps building on a shared sense of wonder, meaning, and identity. They elicit a sense of reverence, enriching us generation after generation.More
An illustration of women sitting around a conference table, talking and laughing, holding index cards and jotting notes
Spring 2020
In this era of “peak TV,” as critics have dubbed it, Wellesley writers have been drawn to the industry, and a growing number of them are penning the episodes of your favorite shows.More
A head and shoulders photo of Cecilia Conrad ’76
Winter 2020
As managing director at the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Cecilia Conrad ’76 heads up the prestigious MacArthur Fellows Program, which distributes so-called “genius grants.”More
A photo portrait shows Betsy Palmer Eldridge  with her chin propped on a pile of antique books.
Winter 2020
Elisabeth “Betsy” Palmer Eldridge ’59 found her passion when she walked into the Book Arts Lab in Clapp Library.More
The cover of Apple/Tree : Writers on their Parents consists of black and white type against a red background.
Winter 2020
In “The Feeding Gene,” an essay by Karen Grigsby Bates ’73 in the collection Apple, Tree describes her memories of her family’s powerful need to feed others, including strangers.More
The cover of Dune Song by Anissa Bouziane depicts the closed door of a Moroccan house.
Winter 2020
Dune Song , the debut novel by Anissa Bouziane ’87, shares the spiritual and physical journey of Jeehan Nathaar, a Moroccan-American Muslim woman who seeks healing and affirmation after witnessing the 9/11 attacks.More
The cover of Bells of Old Tokyo by Anna Sherman '92 consists of type superimposed over a map of Tokyo
Winter 2020
A quick visit to Tokyo leaves an impression of speed, density, and efficiency. But years of wandering down its endless streets complicate this vision, offering a more heterogeneous version of place.More
Portrait of Professor Rebecca Bedell
Winter 2020
Rebecca Bedell’s most recent book is Moved to Tears: Rethinking the Art of the Sentimental in the United States (Princeton). In it, she aims to uproot what she terms “the still tenacious modernist prejudice against sentimental art.”More
Inward Longing, a large square composition that features an array of trapezoids, in deep pinks and bright reds, that converge, but remain just out of alignment, to articulate a small, bright white square at the center of the canvas.
Winter 2020
Deceptively simple in its flat planes of acrylic paint and simple geometry, Elaine Lustig Cohen’s painting Inward Longing masterfully confounds the stability of the square canvas with a dynamic and vibrant composition that achieves a sense of movement.More