Driving in Circles

A New Haven cabbie who knows the roads.

Ray Joyner pulls his cab up to the New Haven Hotel at the intersection of Temple and George Streets in response to a call from a customer looking to travel a few blocks to Union Station. Because New Haven is a busy city, especially during rush hour, there’s nowhere to pull over to wait for the customer to appear. So Joyner decides to drive around the block instead. But New Haven’s grid, filled with one-way streets, does not make circling easy. Joyner continues heading southeast. . . Read more
Julia Fisher
Helping Alice

Practice how to fasten the orange Do Not Resuscitate bracelet.

If you came here to watch someone die, you came to the right place. If you came here to help, grab a pair of gloves. “I’m a mess today,” Alice calls as you enter her home. Blinds up. Heated bathroom light on. Pants, sweater, blouse, camisole, underwear (lined with a day pad), wool socks: lay them on top of the washing machine in the bathroom. Place the walker at the bedside and scoop up a pair of speckled legs thinner than your forearm. After a. . . Read more
Laura Gottesdiener
Shelf Life

“You spend a lot of time looking at the reverse side of things,” she explains.

Page 67 of the Voynich manuscript in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library's digital image collection. The Voynich manuscript is a centuries-old document written in a language which no one can understand or even recognize. For most of its time at Yale, it has gathered dust in the Beinecke Rare Book Library, hidden from sight. Recently, however, it caught the eye of some documentary producers interested in making a film about it. The Beinecke librarians are now scrambling to update and expand the manuscript’s. . . Read more
Max Ehrenfreund
Coach Class

With one infectious grin, Coach Williams fills a room.

The Yale Bowl wasn’t always near-empty on Saturday afternoons. People didn’t always tailgate past half-time; in fact, the very first game of recognizable American football between two U.S. universities—Harvard and Yale—took place in New Haven in 1875. It was a Yale man, Walter Camp, who later became known as the “father of American football,” transforming a brutal form of rugby into a whole new game. Looking at images of the Yale Bowl in the 1930s and ’40s, Professor Charles Hill says, one gets a sense. . . Read more
Sophie Quinton
Lost and Found

Two armchair historians also hunt for treasure.

If time travel existed, Jesse Thompson and Tony Cwikla would have racked up millions of frequent flier years. They’re history buffs—guys who’d prefer to throw back ale with Benjamin Franklin than with high school buddies, who’d rather watch gladiator matches with Caesar than with Russell Crowe. But since scientists have yet to find a traversable wormhole, Thompson and Cwikla must recover history instead of living it. When they aren’t working their normal jobs (Thompson as switchboard operator and Cwikla as factory worker), the two men. . . Read more
Haley Cohen