I've never taken an antidepressant, but if the time comes, I'm hoping the effect will be like that of driving onto the Stanford campus for the first time.
As the towering palm trees march past in the raking light of a fall afternoon, the gentle declivity of a grassy oval comes into view, gamboling youths upon it and a cluster of red blossoms in the shape of an "S."
Then you notice the first stately sandstone buildings, the glittering Memorial Church facade beyond them, a beaming undergrad gliding down an arcade on her bike. And as a gentle breeze brushes past the campus lake and golf course, you try to imagine a bitter argument between those who say these buildings are more Richardsonian Romanesque and those who insist they're more rooted in Mission Revival.
-- Christopher Reynolds
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Planning your trip:
Free one-hour tours begin at the front steps of Stanford's Memorial Auditorium (Visitor Center, 551 Serra Mall,  723-2560) at 11 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. More info: www.stanford.edu/dept/visitorinfo.