Author Archives: Max Botstein

About Max Botstein

Max Botstein is a junior in the History department. He can be reached at

Not Dead Yet

“I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.” This is hardly “Call me Ishmael,” but I suppose it gets the job done. It begins Charlaine Harris’ 2001 novel Dead Until Dark. For the uninitiated, this is the first installment in the massively-popular Southern Vampire Mysteries, perhaps better known by the title of the HBO show it inspired, True Blood. Continue reading

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Comparing Literatures

It’s wonderful when such erudite scholars as Professors Barkan and Hare discuss an issue that is so central to the human experience, transcending time and culture. No single art form is an island, it seems – merely part of a continent, one with particularly fuzzy and disputed borders, populated with nations all looking enviously at the natural resources of the others. Continue reading

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Art in Search of a Manual

The problem is when a work actually can’t speak for itself. At that point, no amount of captioning is going to save it. Continue reading

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A Zombie Zeitgeist

Margaret Atwood delivered her recent lecture at the top of her form. Her focus was of course on the modern monster myth which seems to have utterly captured the zeitgeist: the Zombie Apocalypse. Continue reading

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Dreams Deferred Do End in Bangs

Assassins Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman Produced by the Princeton University Players Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6 at Frist $8 admission What makes the embittered ravings of a washed up actor interesting? Well, says PUP’s new … Continue reading

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