Born Naked

The first time I saw Jackie naked was the first time I saw Jackie. It was a Friday night at New Haven’s Catwalk Club, and she had taken the stage just as my male escorts and I sat down in some straight-backed chairs off to the side. She immediately ditched her tiny plaid skirt and […]


It’s the digital age, get with it!

If you’re one of those people who “just can’t do” Twitter, get over yourself. “Ha!” you’re probably saying as you read your paper copy of the Wall Street Journal and think about monogrammed tote bags. “One does not need to get over oneself when one is not posting mindless updates about one’s unimportant daily goings-on […]


What Being Edited Feels Like

One of my favorite things about the writing process is that, in the end, it’s all about solving problems. As someone who achieved moderate success with high school level math, I’m not surprised that I’m halfway decent at solving the problem of changing other people’s long, oddly worded sentences into coherent nuggets of meaning. Being […]


Writing fast is really hard!

It’s the end of daylight savings time, and once again all of our extremely witty and original professors can have a nice chuckle about the fact that we get an extra hour to work on whatever nonsense was conveniently due on the Monday after the end of daylight savings time. Awesome. Now the quickly darkening […]


Top Ten Things I’ve Begrudgingly Learned about Writing

Despite being a genius writer, earning such prestigious accolades as “decent” and “could be OK if she’d stop using the same word eight times in one paragraph,” I’ve managed to learn a few things about “the craft” this semester. Although I hate to admit that anyone besides me has any knowledge on any topic, I […]


Frazier travels through Siberia, LC

With a heavy dose of self-deprecation and a wry delivery, nonfiction writer/humorist/all-around stand-up guy Ian Frazier entertained a crowd made up of longtime fans and many recent English 120 converts in Linsly-Chittenden 102 on Thursday evening. Frazier — who says he goes by “Sandy” because he tired of people in his small hometown in Ohio […]


Introducing the Magazine Blog

So, I’m Lauren, and I guess writing is the THING that I DO now. I don’t really know how it happened, but I can’t think of any other reason I’d volunteer to spearhead the YDN Magazine’s blog when all I feel like doing is eating Snap Pea Crisps. I don’t even feel like looking up […]


Top 10 Things We Googled During Our Summer Internships

1. “What should I do with my life?!“ It was worth a shot. 2. “iPhone how to get notes to stop emailing your Gmail” We just switched from BlackBerry and can’t figure out how this thing works. Every time we edit one of our notes, it emails our Gmail accounts, and it’s REALLY annoying. 3. […]

Short Feature

Top 10 Things To Give Up For Lent

1. Speaking in a foreign language while intoxicated: Practice makes perfect when you’re trying to learn another language, and the confidence granted by a couple of drinks eliminates the shyness you feel in French class. Look at it as an opportunity to broaden your vocabulary beyond the lyrics to “Lady Marmalade.” 2. Harry Potter references: […]


For Love or Money

Matthew Artimez is an admissions officer’s dream. In addition to earning excellent grades throughout his years at John Marshall High School in Glen Dale, West Virginia, Artimez is the captain of his school’s soccer team, a member of the swim team, and a lifeguard. He referees youth soccer and participates in a math and science […]