Artist of Trauma and Change: Mary Karr
Mary Karr, a poet, essayist and memoirist, came to the Divinity School last week to speak at a colloquium hosted by the Institute of Sacred Music about “Art Born of Trauma.” It was a natural choice — Karr often writes about religion and her traumatic childhood in eastern Texas. WKND sat down with her to talk about God, art, and why and how we write.
The first weekend in March, more than 200 Post-Its adorned the white walls of the Loria Center.
Windham in Their Sails
Tuesday morning, Beinecke Library staff set up a small, modestly lit stage and 40 chairs upstairs to prepare for the announcement of this year’s Windham-Campbell Literature Prize winners. The prize awards $150,000 to each of nine writers — three in drama, three in nonfiction and three in fiction.
Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream
Edwin Sanchez’s “Icarus“ is a gorgeous and very modern almost-adaptation of the Greek myth. Though the similarities between Sanchez’s production and the original Icarus are mostly thematic — the plot points are radically different — the myth provides a critical framework with which to understand the play’s subtext.
Art is Here
On the corner of Chapel Street and High Street, the familiar vacancy that was the entrance to the Yale Center for British Art has been boarded up. The gray plywood anticipates the 14-month renovation, which began last week, and, more importantly, indicates the temporary loss of one of Yale’s most unique artistic spaces.
Urban Outfitters Only
The boy holding the sign that reads “2 Kiko Milano” is not wearing makeup. Maybe this is the joke, I think to myself, because Kiko Milano an Italian makeup boutique.
Forestry, Film and Food: Ian Cheney
Q: Why did you choose to make a film about Chinese food?
A: Just after grad school my best friend and I were on our way to Iowa to shoot “King Corn” [his first film]. We stopped at a Chinese restaurant in a small town — middle of nowhere America — in the middle of the night and ordered General Tso’s chicken. It made us wonder, who is General Tso, and why does he have chicken everywhere in America? That’s something we wanted to chase. The idea simmered on the back burner for a few years, and then we teamed up with Jennifer 8. Lee, a nonfiction writer, who has a chapter in her latest book about General Tso.
Newspeak is Yale’s newest jazz ensemble. The five undergraduates, Alexander Dubovoy ’16, Hans Bilger ’16, Eli Brown ’17, Harvey Xia ’16 and Emma Akrawi ’14, released their first album, “Machinery of the Night,” in November. The grammy-winning recording engineer Jack Renner produced the album, which has a unique, shifting style. This is not your grandfather’s »
The Road to Rhodes
When I asked what it really takes to be a Rhodes scholar, two of the Yale winners from this year responded. “Passion,” said Jordan Konell.“Vision,” said Matt Townsend. Confession: I usually don’t believe it when people say things like this. But these two seniors really, really convinced me that they meant — and, more importantly, understood — what they were saying.
To Game or Not to Game
Like many other Yalies, I pretended to be incredibly, unprecedentedly and obscenely excited to watch The Game, since football is my favorite sport ever. (Go … blue? (We probably say that, right? Or maybe we say “Old Blue,” for like, Yale?)) Now, however, (and I’m *crying* on the couch as I write this) I will »
Unsacred People Doing Sacred Work: Ari Shavit
Shavit is an award winning author and nonfiction writer. Born in Rehovot, Israel, he attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem and went on to write for Haaretz, the oldest Israeli daily newspaper. (He has also written for The New Yorker.) His book, My Promised Land: The Tragedy and Triumph of Israel came out in 2013.
The Real World Comes to Yale
Last week my little sib’s laptop and wallet got stolen straight out of his common room. I don’t know whether it’s within my familial obligations to do anything except console him about it, so I don’t think it’s crossing a line to tell you the story