Perlman, Washer and Wolfe: Faith in the 21st century

September 28, 2010
Faith is now becoming the new currency with which international relations are dealt. Boundaries based on culture, identity, even nationhood are wearing out. Religious faith, perennially crucial to so many people’s identity, might outlast secular faith in ethnicity or culture, which have not provided a sustainable cohesive effect within or among societies. In a new, »

Perlman: McBulldog goes to Toad’s

February 5, 2010
Today marks Day One of wild wantonness, lascivious lechery and salacious sensuality. Toads a-hopping, breasts a-jiggling, drunkards a-fiddling — this is the inauguration of Sex Week at Yale. But sadly, many will still have papers, midterms, and lots and lots of classes to go to. Fear not, O hapless souls! I think you’ll find that »

Perlman: Where the iThings are

February 3, 2010
Like “Avatar,” its cinematic counterpart, the iPad took many years to produce, required the most cutting-edge technologies to construct and will, assuredly, generate the millions of dollars in profits its creator so strongly expects. The iPad will also succumb to its damning fate of having far too much hype before its release. Once we take »

Perlman: The cultural bridge

December 4, 2009
This past Thanksgiving break, I found myself going back home to London, England — back to a Europe with a resurgent importance on the geopolitical stage, unexpectedly strengthened in cohesion by the recently-ratified Lisbon Treaty. Next year, Europe’s population is expected to hit half-a-billion and its GDP to nearly match that of the U.S. and »

Perlman: Don’t fear your sections

November 17, 2009
We all know one when we see one. We all hate one when we see one. We know what they look like, what they dress like, what they sound like, what they smell like. The odious creature who rockets his hand with an arm outstretched, flicks back that lone tuft of immaculately coiffed hair and »

Perlman: Love and life, scheduled

November 4, 2009
If Shakespeare said “All the world’s a stage,” then are life and love at Yale just part of one big Greek tragedy? Last week, I went to see the School of Drama’s production of Racine’s Phèdre. It’s a story that not so many are familiar with, save a small handful of classicists and Francophiles. Phaedra, »