Best of In House

During this holiday week, The Common is presenting highlights from the past year. Today’s highlights come from our weekly staff column, “In House.”

In “A View from the Cheap Seats”, Elizabeth Byrne talks sports; in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Hannah Gersen reflects on the transience of place, asking, “Is Geography Destiny?”

 

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Best of In House

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