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Prose

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Writing and Creating

Silvano D'Agostino

I don’t know if this is just me, just Harvard, or if I’m on to something of an actual truth here, but it seems to me that everybody’s writing. Were I more cynical, I would actually say everybody’s just writing. And writing is great; it’s an absolute necessity in my life, and no matter what I’ll be dedicating my time to, writing will be a part of it, even if just for internal or personal use. But as much as I love writing, there’s a whole lot more to life than writing; at some point, I want to stop writing and start doing.

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New Problems?

Silvano D'Agostino

Some time early last semester, it must’ve been September or October, but it feels like forever ago, a few other students and I had the opportunity to have lunch with the very interesting Jill Lepore. At some point in the conversation, Lepore said the following:

“Very few problems are actually new.”
~Jill Lepore

I haven’t quite been able to let Lepore’s statement go — it’s been on my mind a lot; I agree with it in a way, yet I want to scream bloody in another.

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How We Still Misunderstand  Watch

Silvano D'Agostino

Articles inevitably keep popping up regarding  Watch’s pricing and purpose, particularly since the March 9 event has been announced and we are rapidly approaching the April launch. However, regardless of its technical purpose, especially IRL but on the interwebs as well, the Watch still appears to be misunderstood deeply on the most basic level of attraction.

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On Sharing Fragile Ideas — Or How I Am Arrogantly Humble

Silvano D'Agostino

A number of ideas pop through my head every day; small things, mostly, mixed with the occasional bigger concept. I write them down. I decide they're not worth pursuing (just yet). I deem them only OK, not good enough to be shared, to be thought about further, not iterated upon enough yet. This goes to answer why I tend to be careful with sharing fragile ideas.

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Whither Twitter?

Silvano D'Agostino

I, like so many of us, love Twitter to death – I use it literally all throughout my waking hours, I have been a true complesionist for a few months, but even before, Twitter had transformed the way I work, and drastically changed the way I interact with the Internet. There was a time, when we all truly loved Twitter, the company, just as much as Twitter, the service. Today, while we still love the service, we fear (for) the company. So… whither Twitter?

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ELMUN Speeches

Silvano D'Agostino

Recently, I opened and closed my last English-speaking MUN conference as Secretary General, the conference my school hosts, the Elephant Model United Nations (ELMUN). It was awesome but also sad in some ways, since it felt like the first of many goodbye's that are to come for me. I delivered two speeches as part of my duty, both of which apparently achieved their goals. I have been asked several times whether they would be published somewhere – so without further ado, here they are:

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Thanksgiving 2013

Silvano D'Agostino

Two years ago, I celebrated my first Thanksgiving with my host family – it was lovely and I think of Thanksgiving as the nicest holiday to be celebrated, so first of all I am thankful to have been able to create that memory! I don’t care too much for Christmas, as I don’t care too much for Christianity; I couldn’t care less about my birthday because what the hell do I need to celebrate that for, I party hard and show the world it should be glad to have me 24/7/365.

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Was die Gesellschaft missverstanden hat – Die Bildungsdebatte

Silvano D'Agostino

Henning Sussebach wandte sich geradezu herzzerreißend an seine Tochter Marie, um ihr davon zu berichten, wie schrecklich ihre Kindheit und die Erwartungen an sie seien. Während das zwar gut klingt und zum Teil sicherlich auch stimmt, ist das Problem, das sich im deutschen Bildungssystem zweifelsohne finden lässt, mal wieder völlig verfehlt worden.

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