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
Rocking the House

New Haven’s punk scene lives on in the basements of some its most die-hard fans

I walked up the uneven stairs to the Panty House’s front porch on a Sunday night in November. A group of twenty-somethings with bull-ring nose piercings, shaggy beards and long, purple-streaked hair sat on the patio smoking. They nodded silently as I entered. Less than three miles from Yale’s campus, this “female house of punk,” as described by resident Kayla Bastos, was hosting a concert by New Haven band Mute Witness. Their front man, Ed Goodfriend, had warned me not to spread word about the. . . Read more
Anna Meixler
The Real-Life Miracles of Father McGivney

A New Haven congregation must prove miracles to canonize its beloved leader

Edward Wang At an evening Mass at Saint Mary’s Church on Hillhouse Avenue, Father Joseph Allen stands at the pulpit and reads to his congregation from the Gospel of Matthew. He reads the story of a miracle: as Jesus departed from the city of Jericho, two blind men stopped him on the road. These men knew him and begged that he cure their blindness. Jesus asked them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they responded. Jesus touched their eyelids. “Let it. . . Read more
Edward Columbia
Jesus Take The Wheel

Ray Dubuque thinks Jesus can turn America liberal

“How can the nation expect that the Republicans will solve the problem of the president not being able to drive the nation’s bus properly when they’re the ones who punctured the tires?” The voice coming from the stereo on the back of Reverend Ray Dubuque’s van lilts and breaks on “tires”—it sounds wise; a little paternal. Dubuque drives in circles, down College Street, right on Chapel, up High, and back around again. “That’s my voice you’re hearing,” he says. “I just recorded it this morning. . . Read more
Ruby Bilger
All In The Mind

Can hypnotherapy help Yale’s athletes master their minds—and their opponents?

The Yale men’s soccer team won only one of its seventeen games this season. Midway through the fall, it had become clear physical training was not leading to considerable improvement on the field. The coaches hoped to find another way to give their team an edge. They talked one-on-one with the players, learning what made each man tick, even administering personality tests. They were not looking for information about the players’ observable performances. Instead, they were interested in improving the team’s mental game; the players. . . Read more
Ivy Sanders Schneider
Haunted Haven

A ghostly tour of the Elm City

Madeleine Witt “Point five’s nothing. In New Haven, we get sevens.” Chrystyne McGrath stands outside of the Starbucks at the intersection of Chapel and High Streets, surrounded by a crowd of about forty people. She holds up a black box the size of a graphing calculator. It’s an EMF meter, a scientific instrument that measures changes in electromagnetic fields. A small screen displays a single number. If the number is at least 0.5, McGrath says, then the machine might be detecting a ghost. The EMF. . . Read more
Libbie Katsev
Rarer Than Fiction

Rare books remain hidden in the library stacks

The quest for the Holy Grail. The legend of the Sword and the Stone. The founding of the Knights of the Round Table. These, and other tales, fill the illustrated pages of Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur. Malory, an English knight and Member of Parliament, wrote the book while imprisoned in the 1470s. Since then, the book has become one of the most well known collections of the heroic deeds and chivalric romances of King Arthur’s reign. Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library owns. . . Read more
Abigail Schneider
Into the (Connecticut) Woods

A nature enthusiast singlehandedly maps the state’s native species

Before we crossed the gate into Hamden’s West Rock Ridge State Park, Michael Richardson pulled a bottle of mosquito repellent from a backpack stuffed with hiking supplies. “I have two separate infections of Lyme disease, so I make a point of bringing the bug spray every time I come out,” he explained to me as we stood near the park’s entrance. “It’s just one of those things you have to deal with, I guess.” Richardson knows nature, ticks and otherwise: he has spent the past. . . Read more
Marissa Medansky
On Roadside Shrines and Being Far From Home

A globetrotting Yalie reflects on tragedy at home

Madeleine Witt I’m in Mumbai when Samantha dies, and Siem Reap when I find out. I see it on Facebook, which is how I always learn that an acquaintance has died. It’s 5:00 a.m., and my circadian rhythms are upside down. The air beyond my hotel room window is warm and soggy, and it’s fogging up the glass. The air-conditioning on my face feels like it would be chlorine-blue if I could see it. The room smells like perfume and bleach fumes. I’ve promised myself. . . Read more
Nimal Eames-Scott