On the Fence

What can one Canadian’s board game tell us about the US elections?

“All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong.” -Henry David Thoreau Uncertainty and chance are beginning to feel familiar to many Americans. The experiences of the last our years have left their mark on the American psyche—and on this fall’s coming election. This year, a New Haven resident created a board game that mimics life in these conditions. In “Generation,” a single roll of the dice can undo anyone’s. . . Read more
Nicholas Geiser
At Last

The first time I didn’t quite see Obama in person.

The first time I didn’t quite see Obama in person, I spent the night alternately watching election returns and feverishly vomiting the full contents of my stomach. It was there, in the Nashua South High School gym, where the then-senator was set to give his “Yes We Can” speech after he lost the New Hampshire primary, that I thought it was all over for both of us. Just half an hour before Obama spoke, I finally succumbed to the flu and passed out while a. . . Read more
Mitch Reich
What Obama Owes New Haven

The city’s black leaders speak.

Shafiq Abdussabur remembers sitting on the shoulders of his mother, dressed in a little black jacket bedecked with protest buttons, staring out at an army of police in full riot gear. The year was 1970, and Ms. Abdussabur, her son, and twelve thousand other Black Panthers and their supporters had converged on the New Haven Green to protest the trial of Panther leader Bobby Seale and several of his compatriots for murder. In the following month, before the case ended in a mistrial, activists would. . . Read more
Ben Lasman