Law & Udder

Ex-Register reporter offs fictional Elis.

Annie Seymour, the reporter-protagonist of Karen Olson’s first New Haven mystery novel, describes her thickening plot as “Yalies fucking with their lives and the lives of those around them.” It’s a common story. But our heroine doesn’t work for YDN Scene, and the story told in Sacred Cows isn’t your average dorm-room dispute: among its players are a seedy executive, an escort service named “Come Together,” and a stark naked, very dead Yale student on High Street. Even if her summary isn’t exactly newspaper copy, the reporter is right—“This. . . Read more
Jordan Jacks

But we don’t see you.

In 2000, a student walked into the lobby of Yale’s Undergraduate Career Services and asked how to become a puppeteer. “This guy wanted a certain salary, certain benefits,” recalls Phil Jones, the director of UCS since 1999. “We put a counselor to work on it and ended up with tons of information on puppeteering positions. It’s rare, but every once in a while a student hits us with something new.” Seated in his office at 55 Whitney Avenue, UCS’ base of operations for the past. . . Read more
Ben Lasman
The Measure of a Man

A new take on the old boys’ club.

A Yale professor stands at the front of a lecture hall, chatting with a group of students who have hung around after class. “You know, it’s hard enough to keep yourself intact psychologically as it is, even in the 20th century,” he tells them with a note of urgency in his voice. “Imagine how it was back there, when everything around you was your enemy, when you were surrounded by disease and ignorance. It was a hell of a situation to be a man in. . . Read more
Alexandra Schwartz
Behind Glass Doors

Reflections on a transparent life.

On a ridge in New Canaan stands a house where the light shoots straight through. This past June, the New York Times dedicated a quarter of its “House & Home” section to this Glass House, a Connecticut landmark in which architect Philip Johnson and his partner David Whitney lived for over half a century. The article, entitled “Behind the Glass Wall: Memories of life and death in an architectural masterwork,” consisted largely of personal accounts from guests Johnson had entertained in the house during the. . . Read more
Emily Koh
The Young the Restless

A television cast is at your command.

It just seems like the first episode…”I paused, searching for a tactful phrase. “Kind of sucked?” offered Lina Chen ‘08, the mastermind behind IvyU, the undergraduate soap opera that recently premiered on YTV, Yale’s student-run television station. ‘Well,’ I thought, ‘now that you mention it, yeah.’ IvyU captured attention on campus long before it premiered. Chen’s marketing team handed out laminated cards at Commons Dining Hall, placed ads in the campus tabloid,Rumpus, and plastered every campus bulletin board with posters. Each offered seductively few details: “IvyU…. . . Read more
Sophia Lear
Country Kitchen

Chefs mimic the taste of the old world in the new.

Comfort food, the bites of Americana typically associated with home, wields tremendous nostalgic power; the desire to return to the figurative womb of one’s childhood kitchen is so potent, there are programs on the Food Network extolling the virtue of grits and chic New York eateries soliciting twenty-dollar meatloaf. But here in New Haven, a small but diverse community, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, apple pie, and burgers fail to represent the diversity of the population. While a native New Englander salivates at the memory. . . Read more
Mina Kimes