Klein: Missing discourse on campus

September 24, 2010 • 0
Ben Stango ’11, President of the Yale Democrats, triumphantly rides a mechanical bull, hips gyrating wildly as he brandishes his banner to the camera: “Vote in CT.” In the following seven minutes of the impeccably produced music video, legions of young liberals do the same. The video’s credits list is as long as the Dems »

Klein: Why we hate

September 17, 2010 • 39
“I wonder whether I need honor these people [Muslim Americans] and pretend they are worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment, which I have, in my gut, the sense that they will abuse.” Here, I quote Martin Peretz, editor-in-chief of the New Republic unjustly — by citing a sentence out-of-context for which he has »

Klein: E-reading between the lines

September 10, 2010 • 2
A confession: I accidentally joined the so-called e-reading revolution. A few months ago, I was given a Barnes & Noble Nook: the Kindle’s uglier, uncool stepbrother. I took it to class; I downloaded to no end; it came with me on vacation. But then I attempted to actually read on it. Slow, unresponsive and sporting »

Klein: A better way to start to the year

September 3, 2010 • 0
It’s time for shopping period reform, and here’s my manifesto: Competitive seminars should not be shopped, but applied to in advance over the summer. All enrollment-limited seminars should have rosters set in stone by the first day of classes. Shopping would remain the same for freshmen, who can’t tell a QR from a Kastan (and, »

Klein: Seriously ridiculous

August 27, 2010 • 3
Arriving at Yale has a lot in common with the major moments for which Yale itself is supposed to prepare us: starting a job, getting married, having a baby, leading the free world, etc. (And given our tuition, I expect to be prepared for no fewer than eight babies and three marriages.) Just like all »

Klein: After the slump

April 23, 2010 • 0
In the music industry, indie promoters often warn against “Difficult Second Album Syndrome”: the uncanny ability of a hot-button artist’s encore effort to profoundly disappoint. The eternal question: rehash — placate the fan-base, but anger the critics (Muse) — or experiment, undergo identity crisis and drive away the headphone-crowd (MGMT)? The ideal musical mix of »

Klein: This petty race

April 9, 2010 • 0
In a flurry of YouTube videos, punny slogans and burgeoning Facebook groups, the Yale College Council presidential race has, at last, taken off in full force. The battle-lines are drawn, the candidacy statements written, the endorsements, flowing in. Jeff Gordon ’12 takes the adorable route: cutesy childhood home videos and self-effacing verisimilitude. Courtney “CoCo” Pannell »

Klein: A great big congratulations

March 26, 2010 • 11
On Monday, MGMT’s lush, cerebral, fanboy-infuriating sophomore album, “Congratulations,” was leaked, snatched up by the grubby hands of the unwashed file-sharing hordes. On the band’s Web site, the effortlessly hip, self-effacing Wesleyanites streamed the album for free and posted the following message: “Hey everybody, the album leaked, and we wanted you to be able to »

Klein: Please, baby, don’t go

February 26, 2010 • 9
A great exodus is soon to take place, growing nearer and more portentous with each passing day. It will shake the foundations of social life, safety and cuisine. It has whipped many of my closest friends into a near-Chechnyan separatist fervor, driving the best of the masses into the streets of New Haven, pens and »

Klein: Be my Valentine

February 12, 2010 • 13
Oh hey there, eligible, winsome Yale lady! I was wondering, what with, you know, Sex Week at Yale and all … Oh, no, no! Not like that! I mean Sex Week in the “interdisciplinary … education program” sense, not the “multi-media rope bondage suspension performance” sense. So anyway, we’ve been in section together for quite »

Klein: Confronting ‘that day’

January 29, 2010 • 5
On Monday, I stumbled across a long-forgotten image, innocuously laced within a reading assignment. The moment of recognition took, somehow, a perceptible instant, as if a reluctant realignment had first to take place; as if the photograph needed to announce its presence — to mold itself to the quotidian moment — before it could emerge, »

Klein: Can you squeeze me in?

January 14, 2010 • 12
Dear Professor, You may not know me, but I certainly know you. I know your research, your résumé, your hopes, your fears, your wildest dreams: Unbeknownst to you, I am one of them. I reference your scholarly publications in daily conversation. I know your subject like the back of my hand. I live it and »