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
An Interview with Ted Hoagland

TNJ sits down with award-winning nature essayist Ted Hoagland.

On January 2, Ted Hoagland sat down with me in his house in Martha’s Vineyard. Our conversation ranged from his work with animals in the circus as a young man to his travels to places including Alaska and the Sudan—and his writing process. For six decades Ted Hoagland has keenly observed the intersection between the natural world and the constructed one. A member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Hoagland has received numerous awards including a National Magazine award and two. . . Read more
Juliana Hanle
A Conversation with Cord Jefferson

Cord Jefferson, editor at Gawker, sat down with The New Journal to discuss diversity in media today.

In early August, Cord Jefferson was hired as the West Coast Editor for online publication Gawker, after a job as a senior editor for GOOD magazine. In between editorial positions, Jefferson has built a rich repertoire of articles freelanced for outlets including The Nation, National Geographic, NPR and The Root. He often writes on topics related to race and class. He sat down with The New Journal to discuss diversity in media today. Aliyya Swaby: You’re the second black editor Gawker has ever had. Why. . . Read more
Aliyya Swaby
A Conversation with David Samuels

TNJ sits down with David Samuels.

The New York Times called David Samuels “an elite narrative journalist, a master at teasing out the social and moral implications of the smallest small talk.” Currently, Samuels is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine and writes for The New Yorker and The Atlantic. He sat down with The New Journal at Theresa’s Polish Restaurant in Brooklyn Heights, where he lives with his two children. Ben Mueller: You start a recent piece from The Atlantic about Kanye West with a conversation with Barack Obama, and. . . Read more
Ben Mueller
A Conversation with Sarah Stillman

Sarah Stillman ’06, journalist, sat down with The New Journal for an interview.

Sarah Stillman '06, journalist, sat down with The New Journal for an interview. Reading Sarah Stillman’s resume is scary. Six years after she graduated from Yale with a Marshall Scholarship, as well as both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Anthropology, Stillman has written for The Nation, The Washington Post, The, and The New Yorker. “The Invisible Army,” which The New Yorker published last June, is a finalist for a National Magazine Award. She sat down with The New Journal to talk about finding her. . . Read more
This Could Get Heavy

Learning to lift; learning to live.

First, a chronology of my athletic career: 1997: At the age of five, I set out to become a professional wrestler and superhero. Though I dominate the 37-pound circuit for a while, I develop no powers. Also, I discover professional wrestlers fake it. 1998: Tee-ball is much harder than it looks. 1999-2006: I sit inside my house and read, avoiding sunlight if possible. 2007-2009: For three years, I try to make the varsity soccer team and be a coordinated person girls will like. Alas, no.. . . Read more
Aaron Gertler
Secrets Are No Fun

A freshman looks for a niche in the Yale Society for the Exploration of Campus Secrets.

Payne Whitney Gymnasium, 9:05 PM. The volleyball game is over, and I stand with a fellow adventurer in ten stories of bright emptiness. Every footfall echoes. We’re alone, free to explore and investigate Yale’s athletic cathedral. The United States Squash Hall of Fame features a wall-to-wall trophy case with aspirations grander then its five lonely trophies. The crew tank looks like an ominous blend of slave galley and medieval dungeon. It takes only a little imagination to picture floggings on the tile floor. The open. . . Read more
Aaron Gertler
Telling Time

Is knowing the time all the time so important?

In the late afternoon on Friday, October 7, I relinquished my watch to a jeweler on Chapel Street. I can’t tell you the precise time this occurred. My watch had been ailing for days, maybe the better part of two weeks. First, it was five minutes behind. Then ten. Then forty. Then it stopped. Then it would tick again and I’d wind the dial so the second and minute hands rested at the correct distance from each other. Then it would stop, again, but I’d. . . Read more
Maddie Duff