Pinheads

The night I met Bobby Speers at the Circle Lanes in East Haven, he was holding a bowler’s cocktail: lukewarm beer in a large plastic cup. I could see why he needed it. The windowless building reeked of stale cigar and pipe smoke, and the neon ceiling lights bathed the alley in a harsh, sterile … Continue reading Pinheads

The night I met Bobby Speers at the Circle Lanes in East Haven, he was holding a bowler’s cocktail: lukewarm beer in a large plastic cup. I could see why he needed it. The windowless building reeked of stale cigar and pipe smoke, and the neon ceiling lights bathed the alley in a harsh, sterile light. "I’ve had better nights," he sighed. Indeed. Bobby was actually referring to his score, but he might as well have been hinting at something more. He did not look. . . Read more
Jacob Blecher
Cultural Engineering

In the early hours of September 19, 1999, five white men chased down and assaulted a Yale student of Asian descent outside a Howe Street laundromat. The Yale Police Department classified the attack as a "violent crime with apparent racial undertones" but released few details of the case to the public. According to rumors, the … Continue reading Cultural Engineering

In the early hours of September 19, 1999, five white men chased down and assaulted a Yale student of Asian descent outside a Howe Street laundromat. The Yale Police Department classified the attack as a "violent crime with apparent racial undertones" but released few details of the case to the public. According to rumors, the assailants shouted the word "chink" before they stomped the victim’s head into the ground, puncturing his eardrum. Some believed the attackers to be Yale football players. Within a matter of. . . Read more
Jacob Blecher
This is the Way the World Ends

For a few hours last fall, we glimpsed history. Some of us watched from our sofas, others from rooftops in Brooklyn, and still others from the very jets that slammed into the World Trade Center. As the Twin Towers collapsed in a cloud of ash and smoke, the world changed irrevocably-yet in our sight. John … Continue reading This is the Way the World Ends

For a few hours last fall, we glimpsed history. Some of us watched from our sofas, others from rooftops in Brooklyn, and still others from the very jets that slammed into the World Trade Center. As the Twin Towers collapsed in a cloud of ash and smoke, the world changed irrevocably-yet in our sight. John Crowley, a professor of English at Yale, tries to capture something like this in his new novel The Translator. What, he asks, is it like to experience and to be. . . Read more
Jacob Blecher
Pool Ties

On January 13, Jeff Jannuzzo-25-year member and self-professed lover of New York’s Yale Club "in all her diversity"-threatened litigation against that venerated institution. Citing New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law Section 621, he called for Club President Peter Wells to provide him with a list of the Club’s voting members within five days. "The list is … Continue reading Pool Ties

On January 13, Jeff Jannuzzo-25-year member and self-professed lover of New York’s Yale Club "in all her diversity"-threatened litigation against that venerated institution. Citing New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law Section 621, he called for Club President Peter Wells to provide him with a list of the Club’s voting members within five days. "The list is demanded," wrote Jannuzzo, "for an object relating to the business of the Club, namely to communicate with the members as to whether there shall be any changes to the Club’s. . . Read more
Jacob Blecher