Old Guns

These images were taken at the Winchester Arms Factory, which has stood just north of Yale since the late nineteenth century.

These images were taken at the Winchester Arms Factory, which has stood just north of Yale since the late nineteenth century. “I think of these photographs as not only a documentation of urban exploration, but also an example of how sometimes the most beautiful images come from those things that have been long forgotten.” -Sarah Eckinger. . . Read more
Sarah Eckinger
Mind in Hand

Is there a place for manual labor in higher education?

There is an unspoken understanding that students leaving Yale will find employment that requires them to work with their minds. Manual labor is not something that we came to this university to train for. But all my experiences—in the field, in the construction site, and even in the classroom—suggest that physical work can teach a depth of mental strength that we do not acquire in our academic studies. I’ve spent my summers at farms and summer camps; I’ve cleaned toilets, washed dishes, herded goats, stayed. . . Read more
Laura Blake
A Conversation with David Samuels

TNJ sits down with David Samuels.

The New York Times called David Samuels “an elite narrative journalist, a master at teasing out the social and moral implications of the smallest small talk.” Currently, Samuels is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine and writes for The New Yorker and The Atlantic. He sat down with The New Journal at Theresa’s Polish Restaurant in Brooklyn Heights, where he lives with his two children. Ben Mueller: You start a recent piece from The Atlantic about Kanye West with a conversation with Barack Obama, and. . . Read more
Ben Mueller
Taking Refuge

A persistent advocate for the unsettled brings New Haven’s refugees home.

Chris George smiles in his office at IRIS. In 1989, a Palestinian extremist walked into an office in the Gaza Strip and kidnapped Chris George. George had been working for Save the Children, an international humanitarian organization that provides food, medical care, and education for children in need. “He liked me,” George said of his kidnapper. “He was just using me for political ends.” George was a prominent American, and the extremist had been to the organization’s office to discuss the construction of a kindergarten. . . Read more
Alex Chituc
River People

The Quinnipiac River Fund asks people to re-imagine their waters.

In the summer of 1978, North Haven resident Nancy Alderman and her husband were woken up nightly by a terrible smell wafting through the open windows of their home. One night her husband Myles got in the car to follow the stench to its source. He ended up at the chemical plant of the pharmaceutical manufacturing firm Upjohn, which had over one hundred smokestacks and vents. “It was two miles from our house, but I had no idea it existed,” Nancy Alderman told me over. . . Read more
Eric Boodman
Gateway Connection

A new college joins Yale on the New Haven Green this fall.

For ritual’s sake, it took about a dozen pairs of scissors to cut the blue ribbon and open New Haven’s newest institution of learning, located four blocks away from Yale’s Old Campus. When the ribbon fell, the couple hundred attendees cheered. The celebrations, attended by an estimated total of eight hundred people, would continue for at least seven hours. The public ceremonies August 29 marked the opening of Gateway Community College, whose student population is currently comparable to Yale’s in number. The main campus’s move. . . Read more
Cindy Ok
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
Letter from the Editors

The New Journal is instituting a new fact-checking system.

Dear Readers, This summer, one of The New Journal’s writers was accused of fabricating sources during her internship at a national newspaper. Our first reaction was surprise: why would an author fail to source? But the problem seems endemic to journalism—which raises questions about how publications should insure that readers trust what we print. Our experiences in the last few months made us realize the importance of fact checking in news and we decided to create a fact-checking process of our own at TNJ. TNJ. . . Read more
Love, at First Sight

Literary flings for an intern in the city.

Sometime during the second or third week of your publishing internship, your boss swivels away from her monitor and asks, “How do you feel about romance?” You don’t feel anything anymore. You have been photocopying foreign contracts for days, and this has made you numb. Peering meekly from behind a fortress of overstuffed manila files, you repeat, inanely, “Romance?” Her gaze has already returned to her email. “Yeah. Regency.” You do feel something about this genre; some might call it “antipathy.” While you grope for. . . Read more
Sophia Nguyen