Professor Jessica Silbey
- I'm a big fan of two Harvard Square places: Burdicks (for chocolate and hot chocolate -- a real old fashioned chocolate cafe) and Cafe Crema (the best espresso drinks around).
- And I love going to watch the seals at the Aquarium -- outside and free.
- I also enjoy going into the graveyards around school and looking up the names of some of those buried there -- either the graveyards on Tremont Street or the crypts in the Common by Boylston. Lots of perspective and history and adventure on those graveyards! Makes exams seem like very small potatoes.
Professor Victoria Dodd
- A book that I have read lately that is excellent and which would appeal to students is The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach. It is about a group of college students at a small, private Mid Western college and their life and identity struggles as they approach the future and graduation. It is outstanding!!
- A place to relax during the winter in Boston that is always good is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. They have an enclosed atrium courtyard that is always filled with growing flowers and shrubs and it is always a breath of life and color during a dreary winter.
Professor Kathleen Engel
- Boston Public Library
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- Arnold Arboretum
Professor Gabriel Teninbaum
- Boston Athenaeum (www.bostonathenaeum.org) - membership is cheap for law students and anyone under 40; first floor is open as a museum to the public.
- MIT (the main building at 77 Mass. Ave., the student center across the street from it and the Strata Center) –there’s a positive, fun energy there. Also some neat architecture. Most of the buildings are open to the public and you can sit and hang there and just people-watch.
- Harvard Book Store – not the Coop, but the indy book store on Mass. Ave. between Harvard and Central. Very good bookstore with a good used selection downstairs. I like to just browse around. If you get a book, there are plenty of near-by coffee shops to sit and read it at (Crema Café right in the square; Café Pamplona on Bow Street; 1369 Coffee House in Central).
- Check out www.longreads.org. Hundreds of long-form articles from newspapers (mostly Sunday magazines), magazines (NY’er, Harper’s, Atlantic and other heavy-hitters) and top articles from blogs and websites. Something for everyone.
Professor David Yamada
What better way to escape exams temporarily than to travel back in time? Here are two great time travel tales:
- Stephen King, 11/22/63 (2011) -- A Maine schoolteacher travels back in time in an effort to prevent the assassination of President Kennedy. A long, absorbing, suspenseful story with great characters and historical detail.
- Jack Finney, Time and Again (1970)-- An advertising executive travels to 1880s New York City. A wonderful, vivid, illustrated novel by a gifted sci-fi writer enamored of old New York.
- Any of the old Mel Brooks classics, such as The Producers, orig version, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein
- Any of the Naked Gun series starring Leslie Nielson
- Woody Allen's Manhattan
- Singin' in the Rain starring Gene Kelly
- Original old horror flicks such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Mummy
- Glory, awesome Civil War movie with Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington
Professor Rosanna Cavallaro
- As soon as it opens, the Frog Pond for late afternoon skating is lovely, relaxing, and not too expensive, and they sell french fries and hot cocoa for when the Zamboni is on the ice!
- I also love the cafes in the North End for a quick cannoli or cappuccino...and the walk to and from is a nice break too.
Professor Betsy McKenzie
- I walk on the Boston Common and on down to the Public Garden. When I go there, I overhear and see people who have come from all over the world to visit Boston and it puts things into some perspective for me. I might be grumpy and feeling put upon right at that moment, but then I see and hear people who are just thrilled to have traveled hundreds or thousands of miles to come take a picture of the State House or the statues I pass every day, and I stop and feel a little more gratitude. Also getting out in the fresh air and sunshine (or what passes for sunshine that day) always helps!
- I keep a selection of galaxy images on my computer. Talk about a longer perspective! The Hubble space telescope is a really good source, but there a others:
These astounding and beautiful images remind me that with a little more time and distance, what seem like overwhelming problems or tragedies can become pretty small potatoes.
- Poetry -- to me this is a huge consolation, and I hope it may touch some other people as well. I can always recommend a few modern poets, like: Mary Oliver (try "Egrets"); Billy Collins (try "I Chop Some Parsley While Listening to Art Blakey's Version of 'Three Blind Mice'"); Maya Angelou (try "A Conceit"); Robert Pinsky (try "Shirt" or "To Television").