Spring awakening


We’re in the thick of the spring season, but what does that really mean? There’s a lot of talk about rejuvenation and all that jazz but, for the most of us, spring simply serves as a pleasant reminder that only a few more weeks of school remain before the glorious onset of summer.

(Maybe “glorious onset” is a bit precious considering that, for many students, the end of school just signals the start of grind-it-out internships or — even more terrifyingly — the search for employment. But the point stands.)

Still, there’s something a little special about spring, which is why it holds such a unique place in cultures all around the globe. And written lore is particularly kind to spring, probably because of all the literary themes that the season inspires. As Ernest Hemingway wrote in A Moveable Feast, “When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest.” Or, perhaps most fitting for the content of our special supplement, Leo Tolstoy wrote in Anna Karenina that “spring is the time of plans and projects.”

For now, let’s just assume Tolstoy wasn’t talking about class “plans and projects” and focus on other, more personal endeavors. That’s why we’ve put together a collection of stories that touches on the idea of renewal, of trying new things and getting inspired. Want to get more fit, learn to cook a new dish or clean out the clutter in your life? We’ve got that and more in the pages to follow.

Eddie Kim

Spring Supplement