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A Formal Feeling Comes

The logo was everywhere-popping out from behind doors, cast down from walls, scattered on tables. This cartoony triptych was the spokespicture for Yale’s "September 11th, One Year Later" programming. It was printed on every poster, flyer, and handout advertising the memorial events scheduled a year after the attacks. The logo consists of three pictographs-the first… Keep Reading

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Appraise and Fall

It has stood through years of kiss concerts, third-rate minor league hockey matches, and the debacles of Yale basketball-but for the first time ever, one day this fall, the main attraction at the New Haven Coliseum was the ill-fated Coliseum itself. The concrete and steel monstrosity was transformed into a hammed-up flea market, and everything,… Keep Reading

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Peculiar Institutions

The man sitting next to me pushes his rimless glasses farther up his sunburnt nose, his graying blond hair flipped across his head. Under a navy cardigan, his starched t-shirt is emblazoned with the words "reparations now!" He is one of about a hundred attendees of the "Yale, New Haven, and American Slavery Conference." Co-sponsored… Keep Reading

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Anal Attentive

It’s a good thing Connecticut has at least one candidate in November’s congressional election with the answers to one of the 21st century’s most pressing crises. A global disaster like the aids epidemic calls for an informed and clear-sighted leader like Joseph A. Zdonczyk, who hopes to represent the Concerned Citizens Party in the coming… Keep Reading

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The Feminine Critique

When she takes the floor in the elegant atrium of Beinecke Library, Yale Provost Alison Richard reminds us of a recent past that nonetheless feels as ancient as the library’s volumes. "When I came to Yale in 1972," she begins, "there were six tenured women faculty. Now every year there are more and more women.… Keep Reading

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Old Man River

Sporting a faded blue sweater, worn jeans, and scuffed white tennis shoes, Peter Davis could almost pass for the average New Havener. That is, until I spot the half-filled eight-gallon oil can in his hand, its contents clearly visible through the plastic. His brow furrowing, he tells me, "I just picked this up ten minutes… Keep Reading

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It Takes Two

On a bright Saturday afternoon, I find my way to the Educational Center for the Arts and stand in the doorway ready to watch the free tango session offered as a part of its quiet reopening celebration. Several people mill around, but no one makes eye contact. The only person in the room, a man… Keep Reading

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The Art of War

In a scene from Alive from Palestine: Stories Under Occupation, a couple exchanges a bullet and a gas canister as tokens of love. Mounds of crumpled newspapers are the only scenery. The play debuted in the United States at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theater in late June as part of the annual International Festival of… Keep Reading

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Kung Fu Fighting

The mighty New Haven Ninjas, beloved gladiators of arenafootball2, open every event to a fanfare of violins and heavy bass. Tonight’s opponent, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Pioneers, are shaking in their tights as the Ninjas jog out of the concession stands, through two spires of fireworks, and onto the field. One spire prophetically fizzles and dies; a… Keep Reading

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Walking the Line

Two milky white rectangular signs with bold, black, capital letters-"caution: high speed area" and "authorized personnel only"-greeted me from the industrial landscape as I began my pilgrimage. I was at New Haven’s Union Station; Yale was behind me, and ahead of me-beyond the caution signs-were 72.5 miles of track stretching to New York’s Grand Central… Keep Reading

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