Responding to Velazquez

January 14, 2011
After months in the Library Storage Facility, Diego Velazquez’s “The Education of the Virgin” is finally on view at the Yale University Art Gallery. Five WKNDers share their thoughts, feelings and doubts about the work. The damage done When I first saw Diego Velazquez’s “The Education of the Virgin,” I couldn’t help but notice the »

Daughter of Eli, daughter of John

November 18, 2010
Eli Yale and John Harvard maintained strict “NO GIRLS ALLOWED” policies since the time their storied institutions were founded over three decades ago up until the latter half of the 20th century. Forty years after the gals first bust into the old boys club, great progress has been made toward gender equity — but, as »

‘Rally’ for ‘Something we care about’

November 5, 2010
The Republicans have just taken over the House of Representatives, and I am on the phone with neo-conservative, diplomat-in-residence, former-speech-writer-for-Henry-Kissinger Professor Charles Hill. He is telling me that post-modernism is a stretch limousine. “Stretch limousines have gotten longer and longer, until some are now the length of a bowling alley. They have become a joke »

Mr. Colbert goes to Washington, hilarity ensues

October 22, 2010
From his New York office, with his feet propped up on his desk (I could tell from his voice), satirical news anchor Stephen Colbert fielded softball questions and batted one-liners at student journalists. The conference call was a chance for Colbert to promote his upcoming “Rally to Restore Sanity,” which will take place next Saturday, »

Josef’s School of Art wunderkinds

October 15, 2010
The year is 1951. Josef Albers, Dean of the Yale School of Art, looks around his classroom on the first day of the fall semester, and asks, “Who here wants to make art?” A few intrepid students raise their hands. Albers — German, unsympathetic — tells them to leave. His students don’t make art, Albers »

PHILIP GOUREVITCH: Editor, Writer, and All-Around Legend

October 1, 2010
When George Plimpton, the first editor in chief of the Paris Review and founder of participatory journalism, passed away in 2003, there was no clear inheritor to fill his oxford shoes. Plimpton had more or less founded participatory journalism, brought his wit to countless New York cocktail parties and started the careers of then little-known »

Freshman bizarre

September 3, 2010
You are in some exotic covered market, a chaotic trading post, an ancient port city. You are deep in the fluorescently-lit belly of Payne Whitney. It is a carnival of booths, a political rally without balloons, a gypsy-caravan powwow. You struggle for spectacles that compare. Strangers are talking to you — at you — pleading »

Backstage: The oldest typewriter repairman in New Haven

September 3, 2010
Above Blue State Two, in a modest, one-room workshop, shelves full of old-fashioned machines stretch to the ceiling. A somber bust of Mark Twain presides over the narrow space. Twain was the first author ever to submit a type-written manuscript for publication, earning a special place in Mr. Manson H. Whitlock’s heart, and his shop. »

‘Arcadia:’ time-warp FTW

April 16, 2010
Poets and lunatics have a great deal in common, teaches playwright Tom Stoppard. He must be a little of both to pen a work as magnificent, lyrical and arresting as “Arcadia,” now playing at the University Theater through Saturday. Set in a single room with light-colored walls, two large windows, and a set of French »
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Haircuts: A Comprehensive Guide

Let scene tell you, most Yalies prefer to get their hair cut from the same person at HOME who’s been doing it forever, that magic man or woman who knows exactly how to work your layers or how to not make your ears stick out. But sometimes you need a cut FORTHWITH. Maybe you’re ready »


March 4, 2010
I have no idea how old Joanna Newsom is. Okay, she’s 28. But on her new album, “Have One on Me,” she could be a young girl relating Grimm fairy tales or a middle-aged mother crooning eerie lullabies, or an ageless siren casting spells and howling incantations. Whichever you pin her as, Newsom makes for »

Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar

February 26, 2010
It would be easy for a comedian to write one gag after another based on the premise “So Einstein and Picasso walk into a bar…” but Steve Martin, in “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” manages to go beyond easy laughs and historical gimmicks. Don’t get us wrong – he has those too (even a ‘why »