Rachel Stone

Again, A City Builds Itself

“I had not thought death had undone so many.” These words belong to T.S. Eliot, from his poem The Waste Land. When Wayne McGregor’s ballet “Infra” premiered with the Royal Ballet in 2008, a ballet created in response to the London Bombings of July 7th, 2005, its program notes contained this quote, and derived inspiration from Eliot’s poem.

A Fair Nutcracker

Your home is not your home. In its place, a dreamscape of flowers and snow, where dolls can transform into princes and sweets come alive. Victorian bouquets dance, characters travel by hot air balloon, and Christmas trees grow to envelop a stage. Though the story of “The Nutcracker” makes little logical sense, it doesn’t need to; in this fantastical, surreal territory, the strange is somehow familiar, and a little girl can unlock a portal into another world.
Rachel Stone

Rachel Stone

Rachel Stone used to dance ballet, and still loves it deeply. She is now an undergraduate student at Princeton University, where she studies English Literature and Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Toast, and the Adroit Journal, and her fiction won Honorable Mention in the McSweeney's Student Short Story Contest.