Stories that haunt them

first_imgIn the days before Halloween, we asked Min Jin Lee, Maria Tatar, and other serious campus readers to share with us the stories that have scared them most — and why.Min Jin LeeCatherine A. and Mary C. Gellert Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute and author of “Pachinko”I’m a coward and can get spooked by my shadow, so I avoid stories and any visual media gory or frightening. Not a big fan of Halloween. Life and Washington, D.C., are plenty scary enough. That said, I am very interested in any narrative about a haunting love. I can think of few stories with the kind of obsessive romance that rival Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” — which has a ghost, forbidden desire, pathological love triangles, class and ethnic prejudices, intrigue, rivalries, and some good old-fashioned anguish. Catherine is kinda bonkers, but Heathcliff has the hots for her, and by gosh, he suffers for it. It’s also Emily’s 200th birthday this year, and her single and singular work endures in my heart.Steven PinkerJohnstone Family Professor of PsychologyMy reactions to horror fiction spring from my world view as a scientific skeptic who is convinced that mental life depends entirely on an intact brain. That means I’m incapable of experiencing frisson at the antics of ghouls, zombies, demons, curses, dybbuks, and other paranormal mischief-makers — they come across as kitschy, not horrific. At the same time my awareness of human depravity is all too acute, and I can be suitably chilled by the prospect of a character’s ingenuity mobilized in the service of malevolent passions like revenge, manipulation, or sexual jealousy. “Cape Fear” (1991) and “Fatal Attraction” are deliciously terrifying, but as a writer I’d have to single out Stephen King’s “Misery,” which brings to life the mixed blessing of having devoted fans.David ScaddenGerald and Darlene Jordan Professor of MedicineI study the blood so it has to be Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” It may not be high art, but it captures the tensions of science and myth, morality and bestiality, the familiar and the foreign with page-turning suspense. Blood embodying both regenerative life and corrupting disease is not just a literary conceit in either the book or, as far as I can tell, in life; it rings true — chillingly true — and is worth thinking about.Steven SchlozmanAssistant professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical SchoolJoyce Carol Oates is no stranger to uncomfortable stories. Still, one story in particular has gotten to me since I first read it over 25 years ago. It is called “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been,” and it first was published in 1966. It reads more like a short film, mixing the tropes of suburban ennui with lurking menace, and in that sense, it seems like a precursor to movies that wouldn’t emerge until nearly 30 years later.For longer works of fiction, “Dark Harvest,” by Norman Partridge, is among the best American horror novels ever written. It won the prestigious Bram Stoker award, and like the story above, it mixes Americana with a sense of resigned but terrifying fatalism, adding just a tincture of the occult. Picture a small New England town, normal in all ways except one day a year when everyone knows that the harvest yields something foul. It combines normalcy and gore, letter jackets and morality, and most importantly, the illusion that you can escape when you never really can.Maria TatarJohn L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and of Folklore and MythologyA man, a woman, and a house with a chamber, its floor awash in blood, with corpses hanging from hooks in the walls. These are the main features of “Bluebeard,” a horror story in which the title figure tests the obedience of his wife by handing her a key and telling her that she may open any door but the one that key fits. Curiosity gets the better of her, and, once she sees the victims of her husband’s rage, she flees, dropping the key in the pool of blood. Just as Bluebeard is about to execute his wife (he sees the telltale blood on the key), the wife’s brothers come to her rescue.For many years, the husband’s homicidal history in this folktale took a back seat to the wife’s curiosity, which was inflected morally as sexual infidelity. Today, “Bluebeard” has almost fallen into a cultural black hole, but the story still flashes out at us in Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre,” Richard Wright’s “Black Boy,” and Margaret Atwood’s “Robber Bride.” The Hollywood Dream Factory, which gave us Bluebeard films like “Rebecca” and “Secret Beyond the Door,” has now recycled the old horror story (with a perverse twist) in “Get Out” and “Ex Machina.” Presto! Bluebeard has become a new kind of monster, a seductive femme fatale who has become as dangerous as her folkloric forebear and who reveals to us a host of new cultural anxieties about female intelligence and ingenuity.Laura van den BergBriggs-Copeland Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program and author of “The Third Hotel”In Mariana Enríquez’s “Adela’s House,” which can be found in her spectacular collection “Things We Lost in the Fire,” a brother and sister enter a derelict house, along with their neighbor, Adela. The house quickly proves to be nightmarish, possessed with its own terrible life force; once inside Adela is never seen again. While the plot summary of “Adela’s House” might sound like a conventional haunted house tale, Enríquez is after something far more charged. In her translator’s note, Megan McDowell notes that “What there is of gothic horror in the stories in ‘Things We Lost in the Fire’ mingles with and is intensified by their sharp social criticism … most of Mariana’s characters exist in a border space between the comfortable here and a vulnerable there; this latter could be a violent slum or a mysteriously living house, but it operates according to an unknown and sinister rationale, and it is frighteningly near.” In Enríquez’s hands, the house at the center of “Adela’s House” is a conduit for exploring both individual and collective trauma, for showing us just how close at hand the ghosts of the past are. Members of the Harvard community reflect on their favorite horror flicks Related The queen of Halloween Harvard experts explain attraction, meaning of the beckoning genre Inside the house of screams Films that go bump in the night For Halloween, students write a tale of a darkened room without exits The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. After writing 5 books on the subject, Harvard’s Lesley Bannatyne is a go-to source Oh, the horror!last_img read more

Special economic zone and free port for Iloilo mulled

first_img The enterprises to be registered with the economic zone authority may enjoy income tax holiday or the net operating loss carry over prior to the availment of the gross income earned. All fiscal incentives under the proposed law will be terminated after a cumulative period of 20 years from the date of registration, or the start of operation./PN The zone is seen to attract moreinvestors to Iloilo. ILOILO City – House Bill 5794 (An ActCreating the Metro Iloilo Special Economic Zone and Free Port or MILOECOZONE)passed the scrutiny of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Economic Affairs and Committee on Tradeand Industry yesterday. The proposed special economic zone andfree port encompasses the Iloilo International Port in Barangay Loboc, La Pazdistrict and available public and reclaimed lands in barangays Bitoon andBalabago in Jaro district and in barangays Hinactacan, San Isidro, Ingoreand Loboc in La Paz district. The special economic zone and freeport will “bring positive change for the City of Iloilo and the entire WesternVisayas though jobs generation and investments,” she added. If realized, it will be the first inWestern Visayas and second in the Visayas and Mindanao, according to proponentCong. Julienne Baronda of this city. By creating more jobs, improvingsocial services, encouraging innovation and connecting the countryside togrowth centers, poverty will be reduced and development in rural areaswill be accelerated, Baronda explained. The Metro Iloilo Economic Zone andFreeport complements the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, she stressed. “We have been dependent on theagriculture and services sectors all this time. Now, we want to expand and wewant to diversify. We will welcome investors. We will offer them one of thebest investment climates the Philippines can offer. The centerpiece of all thatis the ecozone,” according to the first-termer congressowoman. Under the bill, a tax rate of five percent on gross income earned will be collected from the locators with no other local or national taxes to be imposed.last_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through April 24

first_imgIMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds – 1. Ryan Roath, Phoenix, Ariz., 777; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 650; 3. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 604; 4. Keith White, Little River Academy, Texas, 593; 5. Larry Hood, Bakersfield, Calif., 542; 6. Dean Abbey, Waco, Texas, 538; 7. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, 531; 8. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz., 524; 9. Glen Hibbard, Eu­less, Texas, 502; 10. Ben Ketteman, Pflugerville, Texas, 482; 11. Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif., 475; 12. Alexander Wilson, Salinas, Calif., 473; 13. Kyle Wilson, Monterey, Calif., 468; 14. Joe Spillman, Marble Falls, Texas, 466; 15. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 449; 16. Steve Streeter, Madera, Calif., 445; 17. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 433; 18. Chris Elliott, Abilene, Texas, 428; 19. Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas, 418; 20. Brad Pounds, Bakersfield, Calif., 417. IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, 353; 2. Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas, 333; 3. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 309; 4. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 293; 5. Justin Fifield, Mesquite, Texas, 257; 6. Logan Scherb, Para­dise, Texas, 235; 7. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 229; 8. Tony Dowd, Mansfield, Texas, 227; 9. Dustin Woods, Forney, Texas, 214; 10. Herbert R. Wood, Kennedale, Texas, 205; 11. Ryan Hall, Midlothian, Texas, 175; 12. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 173; 13. Colby Estes, Mansfield, Texas, 169; 14. Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, 167; 15. George White, Fort Worth, Texas, 160; 16. Justin Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 149; 17. Jeff Emerson, Millsap, Texas, and Shawn Mize, Crowley, Texas, both 138; 19. Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 131; 20. D.J. Estes Jr., Mansfield, Texas, 126.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, and Michael Sheen, Lamesa, Texas, both 537; 3. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 517; 4. Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas, 502; 5. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 489; 6. Colby Deming, Hobbs, N.M., 464; 7. Tyler Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, 398; 8. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, and Jeff Bauser, Belton, Texas, both 395; 10. Cary White, Lamesa, Texas, 390; 11. Charles Cosper, Belton, Texas, 381; 12. Keith Cagle, Odonnell, Texas, 343; 13. Colin Deming, Hobbs, N.M., 332; 14. Adam Schwarz, Woodway, Texas, 324; 15. Mart Wampler, Snyder, Texas, 316; 16. Kyle Clough, Wallace, Neb., 311; 17. Michael Therwhanger, Seminole, Texas, 307; 18. Steven Orebaugh, Fort Worth, Texas, 303; 19. Dustin White, Lamesa, Texas, 298; 20. Hunter Russell, Midland, Texas, 292.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 529; 2. Brock Beeter, Minot, N.D., 406; 3. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, 387; 4. Jerrad Steele, Andrews, Texas, 377; 5. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 334; 6. Garett Rawls, China Spring, Texas, and Andrew Sebastian, Minot, N.D., both 324; 8. Justin Lathram, Hobbs, N.M., 320; 9. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 314; 10. Brent Wofford, Yuma, Ariz., 305; 11. Craig Ebers, Yuma, Ariz., 300; 12. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, and Lee Riley, Lubbock, Texas, both 297; 14. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 289; 15. Jonathan Beard, Waco, Texas, 284; 16. Daniel Van Haitsma, Boyd, Texas, 283; 17. Brian John­son, Yuma, Ariz., 255; 18. Jamie Herring, Killeen, Texas, 254; 19. Jamie Songer, Ankeny, Iowa, 249; 20. Brandon Gaddis, Snyder, Texas, 238. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 615; 2. Rick Diaz, Los Banos, Calif., 593; 3. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 459; 4. Wayne Dotson, Bakers­field, Calif., 412; 5. Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., 347; 6. Kyle Griffith, Taft, Calif., 342; 7. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 333; 8. Josh Wood, Yuma, Ariz., 330; 9. Timmy Reese, Yuma, Ariz., 329; 10. Robert Gallaher, San Jose, Calif., 314; 11. James Dupre, Yuma, Ariz., 308; 12. Cody Daffern, Brawley, Calif., 307; 13. Al Sotomayor, Morgan Hill, Calif., 300; 14. Keith Smith, Imperial, Calif., 289; 15. Lee Jensen, Bakersfield, Calif., 269; 16. Schannon Mohamed, Brawley, Calif., 260; 17. Levi Kiefer, Bakers­field, Calif., 257; 18. Tina McGowan, Bakersfield, Calif., 255; 19. Sean Callens, Brawley, Calif., 253; 20. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan., 238. Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 573; 2. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 546; 3. Chad Hertel, Abilene, Texas, 527; 4. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 512; 5. Allen Montgom­ery, Fort Worth, Texas, 503; 6. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 493; 7. Brad Shirley, Springtown, Texas, 436; 8. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 430; 9. Jarrett Roberts, Temple, Texas, 392; 10. Robert Scrivner, Woodway, Texas, 380; 11. Kevin Green, Robinson, Texas, 360; 12. Justin Shaw, Sweetwater, Texas, 358; 13. Jeffrey Abbey, Coman­che, Texas, 350; 14. Jeff Reynolds, Joshua, Texas, and John Freeman, Runaway Bay, Texas, both 340; 16. Cody Shoemaker, Paradise, Texas, 335; 17. Timothy Cum­mings, Joshua, Texas, 318; 18. Gene Burnett, Leander, Texas, 317; 19. James Holder, China Spring, Texas, 315; 20. Jay Coone, Burleson, Texas, 310. Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Danny Jack Bag­gerly, Joshua, Texas, 249; 2. Willard Van Haitsma, Spring­town, Texas, 245; 3. Brant Bachman, Weatherford, Texas, 230; 4. James More­head, Joshua, Texas, 224; 5. Judy Baggerly, Joshua, Texas, 213; 6. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 208; 7. Aubra Parker, Paradise, Texas, 206; 8. Michael Burnside, Mineral Wells, Texas, 199; 9. Ryan Bryant, Mason City, Iowa, 198; 10. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 195; 11. Art Her­zog, Hays, Kan., 190; 12. Michael Smith, Stockton, Kan., 188; 13. James Lochabay, Azle, Texas, 184; 14. Megan Lappegard, Spencer, Iowa, 180; 15. Kirk Pfannenstiel, Hays, Kan., 177; 16. Rich­ard Tegethoff, Kirwin, Kan., 175; 17. Kiowa Higdon, Hays, Kan., 174; 18. Jacob Kofoot, Bode, Iowa, 171; 19. Madison Reed, Stockton, Kan., 169; 20. Stephen Covey, Midlothian, Texas, 164.West Coast Super Stocks – 1. Steve Nash, Pahrump, Nev., 133; 2. Clay Daly, Watsonville, Ca­lif., 115; 3. Lonnie Welch, Bakersfield, Calif., 110; 4. Brady Bell, Bakersfield, Calif., 108; 5. Tim Ran­dolph, Santa Maria, Calif., 107; 6. Billy Simkins, Bakers­field, Ca­lif., 101; 7. George Bradburry, Pahrump, Nev., 94; 8. Chad Weber, Santa Maria, Calif., 74; 9. Dustin Chastain, Tonopah, Nev., 68; 10. William A. Stevens, Bakersfield, Calif., 66; 11. Johnny Bedingfield, Bakers­field, Calif., 65; 12. Wayne Coffman, Bodfish, Calif., 62; 13. James C. Wulfenstein, Pahrump, Nev., 36; 14. Jim McCoy, Pahrump, Nev., and Dale Daffern, Las Vegas, Nev., both 33; 16. Jon Blackford, Nipomo, Calif., and Cory Little, Pahrump, Nev., both 32; 18. Justin Kramer, Pahrump, Nev., 31.last_img read more

NRA Board Meets today After Oliver North Steps Down as President

first_imgCurrent or past members also include journalist Hunter S. Thompson, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, documentarian Michael Moore (who joined with the intent of dismantling the organization). The National Rifle Association’s board of directors meets today after NRA president Oliver North said over the weekend he won’t serve a second term as president which ends today. That came after a bitter in-house fight between North and NRA executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre. The longtime chief executive accused North of trying to drive him out of the NRA. Nine US presidents have been NRA members. In addition to Ulysses S Grant, they are: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush (who resigned in 1995), and Donald Trump. Three US vice presidents, two chief justices of the US Supreme Court, and several US congressmen, as well as legislators and officials of state governments are members.Wayne LaPierre says NRA President Oliver North is extorting him and pressuring him to resign as CEO over allegations of financial improprieties— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) April 26, 2019last_img read more