The Case of the Missing Adirondacks

You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s lawn.

It is cold more often than it is warm in the courtyard of Silliman College. A rectangular plot of grass divided by stone paths and lined on four sides by Georgian, French Renaissance, and Gothic residential buildings, it is a house-and-field setup. It’s a function of the college’s expansive structure, dating from a time when people believed that sod and sun would make you moral. Last year, seventeen Adirondack chairs (eight in chili pepper red and nine in chili pepper green) were placed in the. . . Read more
Olivia Klevorn
First-Name Basis

Notes from the Caroline party.

The text came through from an unknown number: “Caroline is here.” It had the ring of a pronouncement made by a footman in a Jane Austen novel. But Caroline was already here. For one, I was there. At least five other Carolines were also there. I surveyed them in my living room, tallying them up. Taking roll. Then I went to get the door. Because, well, Caroline was here. Which is to say, another Caroline was there. The other Carolines waited expectantly to sum up. . . Read more
Caroline Sydney
Fun in the Time of Tolerance

How to throw a killer party in 2015.

Hey everyone! You’re getting this email because I want you in my suite this weekend. I’ve admittedly invited a lot of you, which might mean our chip and pretzel rations will be depleted faster, but it’s important to me that you each understand how much I value your friendship. Please refer to the list of those cc’d, and if you have any unresolved tiffs with those listed, promptly resolve them. Anyway, we’re calling this a “pre-game,” but by no means feel pressured to have plans. . . Read more
Austin Bryniarski
A Conversation with Jay Carney

A TNJ alum on politics, media, and whether the Onion has it right

Madeline Witt Jay Carney ’87, a former managing editor of the New Journal, served as the 29th White House press secretary until his resignation this past May. He is now working as a commentator for CNN. He spoke with TNJ about politics, media, and whether or not The Onion has it right. Interview conducted by Noah Remnick. Last summer, The Onion published a fake op-ed under your byline titled “Well, Time To Go Out In Front Of A Bunch Of People And Lie To Them.”. . . Read more
Noah Remnick
Squeak, Don’t Eat Me!

A furry rodent crosses cultural boundaries.

Illustration by Ivy Sanders Schneider. My first week as a foreign college student was filled with embarrassing confessions about my home country. I told my friends that in Peru we’d had seventeen presidential candidates in our last election, one of whom declared himself a direct descendant of the warrior Inca Pachacutec. In return, they vowed to never again complain to me about Obamacare. But I knew I had crossed a line when I told them that, back in Peru, I ate guinea pigs. The reaction. . . Read more
Micaela Bullard
Interview with Leslie Jamison

TNJ sits down with Leslie Jamison to discuss switching genres, teaching writing, and talking to strangers.

A graduate of Harvard College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Leslie Jamison is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English at Yale. Her first novel, The Gin Closet, was published in 2011. A book of essays, The Empathy Exams, was released this month. It explores questions of pain through personal and journalistic writing. She sat down with The New Journal to discuss switching genres, teaching writing, and talking to strangers. (This interview was conducted and condensed by Maya Averbuch and Julia Calagiovanni.) The New Journal: How. . . Read more

The best of course evaluations.

As you write course evaluations for your fall classes or read them compulsively to pick your spring ones (and then throughout the semester to bask in what could have been), pick and choose from these categories of answers to: “How would you summarize this course for a fellow student? Would you recommend it to another student? Why or why not?” These quotes are real. So is their pain and their ecstasy. Short & sweet: Sure Matter of fact: I would recommend [Ethnography of Everyday Political. . . Read more
The Week in Review

Dispatches from the government shutdown.

The Fiscal Crisis Affects the Presidential Breakfast President Barack Obama hasn’t tasted coffee in two weeks. Nor has he put butter on his toast, or poured fresh milk on his cereal. Instead, he has been drinking a coffee substitute made from boiled chicory root, spreading margarine on his stale bread crusts, and pouring reconstituted milk onto his cornflakes. Given the government shutdown, the Department of Presidential Breakfasts has had to drastically scale back its menus. Read more American Refugees Head to Canada Americans are flocking. . . Read more
Eric Boodman
From the NSA, With Love

Your life, #nofilter.

Illustration by Devon Geyelin. Hello American #1,341,682, You may not know me, but I know all about you. I’m a data collector for the National Security Administration. But don’t worry, I’m not here to defend our domestic surveillance program or deny its scope. I’ll be the first to admit that we have indeed been spying on you. You, personally. We have mined your phone records, your Google searches, and your direct messages on Twitter. We know your favorite YouTube videos, and we know which Buzzfeed. . . Read more
Jesse Shreck
A Conversation with Daniel Yergin

An interview with the founder of the New Journal.

Daniel Yergin founded the New Journal in 1967, the summer before his senior year at Yale. He then went onto study international relations at Cambridge as a Marshall scholar, start an energy consulting company called Cambridge Energy Research Associates, and win the Pulitzer Prize for his 1992 book The Prize. Yergin is one of the most quoted authors on energy issues. A revised paperback edition of his sixth book, The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World—which the Economist called a “masterly piece of work”—is. . . Read more