Letter from the Editors

TNJ editors and reporters consciously thought about issues of diversity as we worked on the October issue.

Dear Readers, On September 24, Newsweek published a cover with the large headline “MUSLIM RAGE” above a photo of screaming men, alluding to recent anti-U.S. protests in the Muslim world. Many respected media outlets denounced and mocked Newsweek for its sensationalist and simplistic portrayal of a diverse religious community. For the October issue of The New Journal, we interviewed Cord Jefferson, a contributing editor for Gawker, who argued this error could have been avoided by bringing more diversity into the newsroom itself. But the philosophy. . . Read more
Staff
A Wooden Boat

A Branford boatbuilder reacquaints the author with her own history.

I find Bill Clapp standing fifteen feet above the saltwater tides of the Branford River, his reed-thin frame shadowy against a darkening October sky. A thunderstorm is brewing, but Clapp, on the platform of Dutch Wharf Marina’s enormous hydraulic boatlift, has eyes only for the sailboat he is carefully raising from the water. It is a delicate task; the boat weighs more than six tons. Below him, Clapp’s coworkers scramble on the deck. They crane their necks and call up to him: “This go here,. . . Read more
Molly Hensley-Clancy
Orange, California

Max Saltarelli ’13 photographs the weird side of suburbia in and around his home town of Orange, CA.

Max Saltarelli ’13 photographs the weird side of suburbia in and around his home town of Orange, CA.. . . Read more
Max Saltarelli
Dead in the Pots

What’s killing the Long Island Sound’s lobsters (and taking a culture with it)?

A chain swings in the salty breeze blocking the waterfront in front of Fair Haven Clam & Lobster, and three “No Trespassing—Keep Out” signs hang in prominent places. The barrel of a revolver points out of yet another sign, which leans in the upper window of the house. “Never Mind the Dog, Beware of Owner,” it says. The owner, Michael Fraenza, is a beefy, tattooed lobsterman. For the last fifty years, he has motored out from this dock six or seven mornings a week to. . . Read more
Eric Boodman
Outside the Lines

A bookstore with odd hours and an odder philosophy.

Waiting outside Never Ending Books at 810 State Street one Saturday afternoon, I saw how the store gained its local nickname, “Never Open Books.” Its red-screened door, I was told, hadn’t opened once all week. Owner Roger Uihlein does little to alleviate the mystery of the closed storefront. Press-shy, he cannot be contacted by phone. Aside from regularly scheduled live events, business hours follow Uihlein’s whims. “He likes to be elusive,” said Brad Jacobs, who runs the store’s open-mic concert series and whose cell phone. . . Read more
Jordana Cepelewicz
Making the Grade Up

A magnet school eliminates grades and causes confusion among students.

Tom James stood at the head of his algebra classroom his back to a poster that urged students to “question everything.” For my benefit, he asked his students if they knew the basics of their school’s new philosophy. Why had High School in the Community decided to eliminate grades in favor of a mastery-based evaluation system? Fifteen first-year students stared back at him in brief, confused silence. “So we can get ready for college and stuff,” one girl offered after a few seconds. The magnet. . . Read more
Emily Efland
Beads, Weeds, and Palaces

Yale students may dig for artifacts in Cusco this summer.

When Gabriel Prieto was a little boy, he ran around the hills of Huanchaco, Peru, collecting tiny beads and shiny ceramic fragments. As a fifth year PhD candidate at Yale, his perspective has changed, but he hasn’t stopped running his fingers through the soil. Prieto has spent the last two years excavating the 4000-year-old remains of the north coast Peruvian fishing village of Pampas Gramalote. Beginning in the summer of 2010, he picked carefully through layers of dirt, finding the decaying remains of totora reeds. . . Read more
Arielle Stambler
A Conversation with Cord Jefferson

Cord Jefferson, editor at Gawker, sat down with The New Journal to discuss diversity in media today.

In early August, Cord Jefferson was hired as the West Coast Editor for online publication Gawker, after a job as a senior editor for GOOD magazine. In between editorial positions, Jefferson has built a rich repertoire of articles freelanced for outlets including The Nation, National Geographic, NPR and The Root. He often writes on topics related to race and class. He sat down with The New Journal to discuss diversity in media today. Aliyya Swaby: You’re the second black editor Gawker has ever had. Why. . . Read more
Aliyya Swaby
Surfing CT

Yale students use CouchSurfing to host strangers from around the world.

Eva Song’s one-bedroom apartment, on the sixth floor of Taft Apartments at 265 College St., is cluttered. A tall black loft bed stands in the center, surrounded by various objects: a painting of a Venetian mask hangs to the floor with cardboard boxes full of rolled-up artwork underneath; a bookshelf on the other side of the room holds The Official Guide to the GRE, Frida Kahlo: Song of Herself, and manuals for Adobe Illustrator and InDesign; two coffee tables, both from Ikea, face each other. . . Read more
Gideon Broshy
Ornithology

“You are not good at lying in wait…”

You are not good at lying in wait by slits in wooden hides or crawling on your stomach through moorland to peer over cliffs for a single, shimmering egg. The specialists, with their brimmed hats and new binoculars, their careful speech and mind for populations — “200, 000 off these cliffs, alone” – delight you: they talk of specimens and graphs, their print marches birdlike over lined pages. Still, in these open places, you always find yourself wandering off through common scurveygrass and kidneyvetch, past. . . Read more
Felicity Sheehy