The Fat Trap

Juan Mendoza, a seventh grader at Fair Haven Middle School, used to be fat. Like most overweight kids in middle school, he endured his share of taunting. But as much as it bothered him, he didn?t know how to change his situation. ?I used to just eat and not really care. I didn?t know why … Continue reading The Fat Trap

Juan Mendoza, a seventh grader at Fair Haven Middle School, used to be fat. Like most overweight kids in middle school, he endured his share of taunting. But as much as it bothered him, he didn?t know how to change his situation. ?I used to just eat and not really care. I didn?t know why I was eating what I was eating,? he remembered. At the end of the school day, having skipped lunch and breakfast, Juan would hit the vending machines and stuff himself. . . Read more
Jessica Cohen
Critics in the Cradle

A smiling baby, tongue sticking out and eyes blinded by an oversized mortar-board, graces the cover of Ralph Schoenstein’s Toilet Trained For Yale: Adventures in 21st Century Parenting. Though the resemblance is unintentional, the baby represents both Schoenstein and Harold Bloom, editor of Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages. Giddily facing … Continue reading Critics in the Cradle

A smiling baby, tongue sticking out and eyes blinded by an oversized mortar-board, graces the cover of Ralph Schoenstein’s Toilet Trained For Yale: Adventures in 21st Century Parenting. Though the resemblance is unintentional, the baby represents both Schoenstein and Harold Bloom, editor of Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages. Giddily facing the world, he remains completely unaware of his surroundings. Toilet Trained for Yale-following Schoenstein’s The I-Hate-Preppies Handbook and With T-Shirts and Beer Mugs for All-is part tongue-in-cheek examination of "push-parenting,". . . Read more
Jessica Cohen
Walk This Way

New Haven: home of Pepe’s pizza, Louis’ burgers, sons and daughters of Eli, and the only buzzing, beeping, count-down savvy, two-way walk traffic lights I know. When I first encountered the beeping traffic light outside of Commons two years ago, I was taken aback. I stood and watched a few cycles of red and green. … Continue reading Walk This Way

New Haven: home of Pepe’s pizza, Louis’ burgers, sons and daughters of Eli, and the only buzzing, beeping, count-down savvy, two-way walk traffic lights I know. When I first encountered the beeping traffic light outside of Commons two years ago, I was taken aback. I stood and watched a few cycles of red and green. Back then, the light on the corner of Grove and College merely chirped. Now, it beeps and counts crossable time down from 30. If New Haven traffic controls continue to. . . Read more
Jessica Cohen