A layered look a the human body

I used to know two quarrelsome sisters, the younger of whom had a thing about skin cells. When they fought, the older sister’s coup de force would be to strip naked, run into the younger sister’s bedroom, and roll around in her sheets, yelling “SKIN CELLS SKIN CELLS!” It’s the first thing I think of in the Yale Mammalian Evolutionary Morphology Lab at 10 Sachem Street as Dr. Gary Aronsen, the lab manager, lifts a top-hinged cabinet door and wheels out a table. Much like. . . Read more
Katy Osborn
I know many lovely girls who wait on beaches, I know turtles birth themselves by their egg’s nervous stirrings. They rock their little circles in the sand. The globe shakes itself too, but it rests on no sand thus leaves no mark. I rose up from the sand, I’ll admit. My skin a salt lick the sun won’t even acknowledge. The waves threaten me daily with their animal shapes. I name each billow and roller And cry at their breakage. I own no bowls, and. . . Read more
Sophia Weissmann
Painted Prayers

A Buddhist artistic practice develops a following in New Haven

Photo by Angelica Calabrese. Karen Burgess sits on the floor of her living room, a stretched canvas in her lap. Strings tied to the frame extend to a hook on the drywall behind her, holding her painting-in-progress upright. A loose gray braid drapes over her black sweatshirt. She leans carefully into the canvas and adds short, precise, sky-blue brush strokes. The sky surrounds her pencil sketch of the Eight Auspicious Symbols, a collection of Buddhist images that includes an umbrella, a conch shell, a wheel,. . . Read more
Angelica Calabrese
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
Fairy Tale
My daughter sleeps for days in a blue room through which daylight filters in a sequence of bars. On the fourth day, she wakes. There is a vase filled with fuchsias next to her. I watch her gaze move up the fluted glass, up the stems—so I snap off a flower and place it in her palm. “This has a mouth,” she says, “tear it up.” Then she opens wide and eats it. She does not remember eating the flower. Months and years pass, and. . . Read more
Eli Mandel
Blueprints Go Green

Yale students design a solar-powered house

Illustration by Hanh Nguyen. The Dynamic Augmented Living Environment (DALE) is a long name for a small house. The structure looks more like a robot, or an especially large computer. Its sides and roof are covered with solar panels, and its large windows let the light shine into the minimalist interior. The two modules can slide apart to create an outdoor space for entertaining guests, grilling hamburgers in the open air, or enjoying a starry night. DALE demands a second glance. This strange looking structure,. . . Read more
Victoria Bentley
How to Let Go
Ask her if you can pull the car over and pray. Your daughter says yeah, and you almost keep going because you’re expecting a no. You open the car door, and an exploded blue pen falls out onto the dirt road. Leave the car door open because it’s not a busy road but pick up the pen and put it in your pocket that’s already ink-stained. Your daughter watches out the car window at your back as you cut through the long grass and under. . . Read more
Sarah Gilbert
When the Dinosaurs Come Out

Babu emus teach Peabody visitors about their prehistoric ancestors

Illustration by Hanh Nguyen. At the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, glass cases around an exhibition hall hold fossilized, 75-million-year-old dinosaur eggs. But three eggs, under incubator lamps and the watchful eyes of Peabody staff, are not like the others. While the others lie still, as they have for millions of years, these speckled blue eggs wobble and shake in their enclosure. They contain the stars of this special exhibition, Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies: three baby emus. On March 15, as the. . . Read more
Jasmine Horsey
Behind Bars

A Jamaican immigrant becomes the voice of some detained by the Department of Homeland Security

On a cool November evening in 2012, Mark Reid finished his final supper as Inmate Number 141754. After three years at the Brooklyn Correctional Institution in Connecticut, Reid was scheduled for release the following morning. The past three years had been some of the most trying of his life, but as he leafed through the small trove of letters and photographs beside his bed, the 48-year-old Reid was reminded of all that he had to look forward to. Before his most recent conviction, for the. . . Read more
Noah Remnick
No God, No Problem?

Yale’s humanists seek university recognition.

Illustration by Hanh Nguyen. John Davenport, Jonathan Edwards, and Timothy Dwight are now the names of residential colleges where Yale undergraduates live. But when these early leaders of Yale’s community were alive, they envisioned the University as an academy for aspiring Congregationalist ministers. Needless to say, the niche for faith at Yale has undergone a radical change over the centuries. Religion on campus is no longer the focus of a Yale education. Instead, it has become a peripheral resource to many and a community for. . . Read more
Nate Steinberg