Living Davidson

 Dr. Randy Nelson in his office, holding a framed copy of Tom Swift in the Caves of Nuclear Fire, the first book he ever checked out of the library. Photo courtesy of Elayna Daniels ‘21.

Two profiles of Professor Randy Nelson on the eve of his retirement

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FROM the EDITOR— For this week’s Living Davidson, Olivia Daniels ‘19 and Thomas Waddill ‘19 visited Dr. Randy Nelson in his office, to interview him for a profile in honor of his impending retirement. Rather than collaborate on a single piece, the writers felt best served by their respective, favoredRead More

The Faces of the Festival: Anecdotes and Advice at Art on the Green

The Faces of the Festival: Anecdotes and Advice at Art on the Green

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By: Sophie McHugh ’18 Yowl Editor A farmer with a metal boneyard. The mother of a slime mogul. A published backpacker. The woodworker of The Pines. These storied artists are among the many who gathered under the white tents of this weekend’s Art on the Green festival. Scheduled between theRead More

Entrance Interaction: A critical diagram Drawing by Henry Stockwell (Again, folks, we’re all of us just really sorry about all this.)

“The Nummit Hello”: A study in social awkwardness

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FROM the EDITOR— In an unprecedented breach of editorial objectivity, I feel a certain responsibility to explain the content of this week’s Living Davidson. Yr. humble editor assigned yr. (less-than-humble) correspondent to attend Warner Hall House Formal—WaHaHoFo, to the initiated—to write a piece of gonzo-style investigative journalism on the experienceRead More

Clint Smith '10 participates in Professor Parker's Contemporary Poetry class. Photo courtesy of Davidson College Instagram.

“Between art and protest”: On the Poetry of Clint Smith ’10

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Thomas Waddill ’19 & Lucas Weals ’19 It’s difficult to quote Clint Smith ‘10 briefly. A doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard, Smith speaks with an unabashed maximalism—multiple subordinated clauses, chains of coordinating conjunctions, a frankly heroic reluctance to end a thought with a full stop. While Smith sat inRead More

Reynolds Lecture Author Colson Whitehead

Some Reflections on a Dissonant Evening with Colson Whitehead

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By: Thomas Waddill ’19 Memory is political. Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan has made that clear in the last few years. “And when was it great?” we ask. During the days of our slave-holding founding fathers? The days when women didn’t have the franchise? Vietnam? The Reagan years, whenRead More