Clarissa Liu

Interview with Professor James Kuzner - Clarissa Liu

The Professor of Love (Stories)

An interview with James Kuzner

To me, the very existence of Love Stories is baffling. It is an English class, taught every fall semester, that studies ambitious novels and tries to capture the vagaries of love. The class aspires to provide a structural means of thinking of love, yet the very essence of love resists structure. To me, love is…


forbidden fruit

a.i. bites off more than we can chew

In today’s computer age, there is a theory among the chess community that the game is dying: The current world champion doesn’t stand a chance against a chess engine installed on a smartphone, and everyday computers map out corners of the game’s theory that no grandmaster a century ago could comprehend. The most powerful supercomputers…


So Long, Sucker

Images of a State at the End of an Era

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, on January 16, Chris Christie will become the first Governor of New Jersey to complete two terms in office in almost thirty years. We therefore approach the end of a period to which I must reluctantly refer as the Christie era, an epoch which has taken the citizens of the Garden…


Feeling Alive

Seeing through sickness

I’ve had enough sore throats in my life that I’m now able to distinguish between those that come from allergies or simply being run-down and those that are serious. Yet, no matter how closely I am acquainted with them, to this day nothing makes my mood dive south more than waking up with a sore…


Back in the Saddle

Watching BoJack Horseman season four on Netflix

At the end of the third season of BoJack Horseman, the titular anthropomorphic horse/washed-up TV star seems at the end of his rope. Having indirectly caused the overdose of his former co-star, destroyed his relationship with his only loyal friend, and bottomed out on the artificial bravado that sustained him through a short-lived career renewal,…