Maltby: Not a joking matter

March 31, 2010 • 56
“Did you know that nine out of 10 people enjoy gang rape?” That’s what one of my male friends gleefully told me over dinner last night. It’s an old joke — too old to score many shock points — because I’ve heard it five times this semester. At least. Gang rape was the jocular subject »

Maltby: You (should admit me) Tube

March 3, 2010 • 2
Tufts, Tufts, Tufts. I’ve always been fond of you. Perhaps it’s the cute little name — a tart monosyllable fading away into a soft fricative, leaving an image of uneven hair implants on balding comedians, or patches of grass on a sparse lawn. Perhaps it’s the University’s free digital library, the Perseus Project, which explains »

Maltby: An unequal tenure

February 17, 2010 • 5
Earlier this week, Timothy Ellison ’10 masterfully articulated an anxiety that haunts young academics, and even ambitious undergraduates: the horror of the tenure process (“A trying time for tenure,” Feb. 14). Recently I watched as an inebriated first-year grad student delivered an improvised sonnet on the issue, pausing between segments to blow smoke rings from »

Maltby: Prisoners and guards

February 2, 2010 • 7
A gelatinous cube, oozing and slurping with evil intent, has become the latest threat to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Last week, after trawling through depositions about dangers posed by Lizardfolk, phantom funghi and godforsaken creatures that go by the name worgs, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ban on Dungeons and Dragons »

Maltby: Yale’s choice, not ours

November 19, 2008 • 12
After a generation of supposed student apathy, many will breathe a sigh of relief to see Yale students returning to their traditional, earnest roots. In the popular imagination, students should be long-haired liberals, parading around in unwashed sweatshirts and biodegradable sandals as they press worthy petitions on passersby. And although it’s a stereotype that contains »

Maltby: Facebook statuses don’t win elections

November 5, 2008 • 6
With the election over, we can get back to the important things in life again. Remember Facebook? There’s a reason I make Facebook my procrastination destination of choice. It’s not the constant opportunities for flirting (my info says, smugly, ‘in a relationship’), and it’s not the intellectual stimulation afforded by the message boards of political »

Maltby: Forced diversity a disservice

October 21, 2008 • 4
I burst into laughter when I sat down at dinner last Monday and, for once, it wasn’t just because I’d caught sight of the table tents. Rather, I was enjoying the absurdity of the idea that Helen Keller had been appointed dean of Yale College in a move to demonstrate the University’s commitment to women »

Maltby: Table tents for the birds

October 7, 2008 • 0
“Legend has it that pigeons will explode if they eat dry rice.” Yale’s table tents really do teach us something new every day. This particular sentence greeted me as I sat down for lunch last week. Clearly my parents had neglected to pass on a crucial aspect of my Western heritage. Who knows what other »

Maltby: In faith debate, neutrality is a fallacy

September 23, 2008 • 2
It seems that a new staff columnist can kick off controversy from the very first column. My colleague Sam Bagg had but to file one piece in praise of Yale’s “secular bubble” before facing a rebuttal in print and a slew of online attacks. And that was before he rushed in a follow-up article, clearly »