Angles 2016

The following essays, written by students in the introductory writing subjects at MIT, were selected for publication in Angles 2016 by an editorial board of lecturers. The eleven works are categorized by theme and linked below, each with an enticing excerpt and image. For more information on Angles and the thematic categories chosen for this edition, please see our About Angles page.


Exploring the Self

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The Jackfruit Tree  by Karan Kashyap

“So are you all set for America?” I overheard my grandfather ask my father. I remember my heart sinking into my gut.


Shooting Things and Hitting Them
  by anonymous

There he is. The one queer Asian that I discovered in high school, the one that helped me realize that I wasn’t alone, that I might be just as normal as the next person.

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The Day I Got Hooked on the Mountains  by Laura Treers

Each step pushed me higher and brought me further into another world, a windswept landscape so entirely elemental and wild. 


 Exploring Science and Society

Fusion: Joining the Quest for the Renewable Energy’s “Holy Grail”  by Milo Knowles

Imagine a world without fossil fuels, where humans can produce an emission-less, inexhaustible, and completely renewable source of energy. This is the utopian world of fusion energy. 


Mother as Sole Provider

Does It Take a Village?  by Kathleen Xu

The Swedish Social Democratic Party (SAP), the largest and oldest political party in Sweden, introduced parental leave insurance in 1974.


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Spacesuits and Drones  by Andrew DeNucci

The MVL’s BioSuit™ concept, which aims for a “second skin” design, utilizes shape memory alloys—metals that assume their “remembered” shape at a set temperature.


Brave New Worlds  by Francesca Schembri

T. L. Taylor explores new worlds. Unlike traditional explorers, Taylor does not traverse oceans, scale mountains, or shoot between galaxies at warp speed.


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The Sum of Its Parts  by Anna Martinez

Before my nose is an array of shapes: squares, circles, stars, rectangles. These shapes form the mold that slowly creates and instantly destroys a toy chair.


Food for Thought

Lessons 5
Lessons from the Kitchen Doorway  by Tim Lu

The scents would get stronger as I got close, and I would smell the usual suspects: garlic, soy sauce, and ginger.


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Hot Topic  by Karan Kashyap

Instinctively, I spat out the villain in my mouth and ran to a water cooler in the corner, allowing the icy water onto my face to extinguish the fire.


(courtesy of Paolo Neo)

(courtesy of Paolo Neo)

Edible Magic  by Francesca Schembri

Life is studded with little pockets of magic. These are the moments with mysterious emergent qualities, when the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, when one plus one somehow equals three.


Editorial Staff

Jared Berezin
Cynthia Taft

Student Editorial Assistant
Milo Knowles

Editorial Board
Jared Berezin
Louise Harrison Lepera
Lucy Marx
Cynthia Taft
Andrea Walsh