‘Old Man’ collects genius in one book

October 26, 2007
The object of a book of selected poems, one imagines, is two-fold. It functions first of all as a general introduction to a body of work, allowing us to access small portions of individual collections so that we may begin to recognize thematic and stylistic trends. Additionally, the book’s structure (almost always chronological) encourages us »

Lack of overall vision limits ‘FireWife

April 6, 2007
Late in Tinling Choong’s GRD ’07 novel “FireWife,” Nin, an Asian-American woman who has recently left her corporate job in an attempt at self-discovery, finds herself having an existential crisis: Should she or shouldn’t she cheat on her husband? “An inner voice whispering in [her] ears” explains that, “Some cherries are like fish, some are »

Because Ms. Diane ‘Said So’

February 9, 2007
For those of you who haven’t seen the extremely long and incredibly fun trailers, “Because I Said So” is a tale of love, life, family and post-menopausal sex. Diane Keaton plays Daphne, a mother desperately attempting to find a man for her youngest (and clearly favorite) daughter and caterer-extraordinaire, Milly (played by the always naive »

Aspiring writers compete, collaborate, improve

November 17, 2006
Langdon Hammer enrolled as an undergraduate at Yale in 1976. The next year, he applied for and was accepted into a verse writing seminar led by the poet and critic John Hollander. For Hammer, the course proved vital in shaping what would become a life-long love for and dedication to the study of poetry. In »

‘Murder,’ Yale professors wrote

October 27, 2006
On the night of Oct. 19, the Yale Bookstore played? host to the final act of a drama that has played itself out for nearly 40 years. Warren Kimbro — convicted murderer, ex-felon and, according to a new book by Paul Bass and Douglas W. Rae, a changed man — offered a final apology. “Murder »