Alums who do cool things: Nico Jaar ’12 in the New York Times

On a more personal note, I would like to mention that Nico concentrated in Comparative Literature (as does this Blogger), went to high school across the street from my apartment in New York, and is making music rather than writing about it, also known as living a better version of my life.

Brown University’s own Nico Jaar ’12 received a glowing profile in the New York Times yesterday, a bittersweet milestone meaning he has officially taken flight out of the Brown University hipster nest and made it big in the real world.

Actually, the process was well underway even back in 2011, when he made Pitchfork’s best new music list. We were lucky to have him for a few spring weekends in the past, but he is quickly becoming a tough act to snag. The New York Times recounts his rise to fame (he apparently is huge in Europe, and I encountered posters of him all over Istanbul in May), and the article showcases the debut album from his recent collaborations with fellow Brunonian Dave Harrington, under the moniker Darkside.

More Brunonians in the NYT: Janet Yellen ’67 was featured several times this week in the Times (well, obviously), and Michael Dickinson’s ’84 cool fruit fly obsession was chronicled in this article Monday.

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