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Tasting the Sweetness of Summer, Berry by Berry

By A. HOPE JAHREN

Berries clothe seeds and fertilize them when they drop to the ground, and one summer they taught a young woman to savor time.

August 24, 2017, Thursday

With Snowflakes and Unicorns, Marina Ratner and Maryam Mirzakhani Explored a Universe in Motion

By AMIE WILKINSON

The legacies and achievements of two great mathematicians will dazzle and intrigue scholars for decades.

August 7, 2017, Monday

A Mausoleum for Endangered Species

Photographs by TRISTAN SPINSKI

A warehouse in Colorado offers evidence of the immense demand for goods made from threatened and endangered animals.

July 10, 2017, Monday

Hope Springs Early, but Not Eternal, for the Deadnettle — or for Us

By A. HOPE JAHREN

A naturalist in England found the early-blooming plant had moved up its schedule by nearly two months — a foreboding sign of a warming climate.

March 27, 2017, Monday

Insurer Rewards Push Women Toward Mammograms

By HARALD SCHMIDT

Health plans offer women a variety of incentives to be screened for breast cancer even when scientific guidelines recommend against it.

January 19, 2016, Tuesday

Blood Pressure, a Reading With a Habit of Straying

By GINA KOLATA

Measuring it once is a relatively simple task. Measure it again and again, and you might find yourself on a roller-coaster ride.

December 1, 2015, Tuesday

Parental Grief Has Often Been a Factor in Presidential Politics

By JOSHUA KENDALL

Historically, the loss of children has affected numerous presidents, who have coped in different ways.

October 22, 2015, Thursday

Magic May Lurk Inside Us All

By C. NATHAN DeWALL

Several streams of research in psychology, neuroscience and philosophy are converging on an uncomfortable truth: We’re more susceptible to magical thinking than we’d like to admit.

October 28, 2014, Tuesday

In Darwin’s Footsteps

By JONATHAN WEINER

The biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant have spent four decades tracking finches on the cone of an extinct volcano and augmenting our understanding of evolution.

August 5, 2014, Tuesday

The Advanced Metrics of Attraction

By JOHN ALLEN PAULOS

We may not realize it, but we’re applying mathematical notions to relationships, and a crush is just a statistically small sample.

July 15, 2014, Tuesday

Is Tess in ‘Tess of the d'Urbervilles' portrayed as being responsible for her own demise? [pdf 40 KB]

Yours is a beautifully clear essay. You write very well, and your prose is delightful to read. You've also done your research and it shows. There is a remarkable lack of vagary about society or feminism in your piece, and you've picked canny quotes from your secondary sources that elucidate and situate your arguments.

You've also located some wonderfully specific quotations from your primary source to support your argument that Hardy's narrator sympathises with Tess. Some of your close readings are wonderfully astute, as when you point out that Tess implores Angel, rather than commanding him. Slightly less persuasive is your assertion that Tess is the victim of Alec's eyes; I suspect you might have found better quotations, descriptions, or incidents denouncing Alec's gaze.

You are clearly very good at pursuing and proving an argument. I encourage you to be a bit more experimental in your next essay; perhaps choose a less straightforward topic and see where it takes you.

Please see penciled notes throughout on shortening sentences and watching for comma splices (please look this term up in a style manual if it is unfamiliar).