The Yankees rebuild the city

December 4, 2009
I have many vivid memories from the fall of 2001. I remember being in the dining hall at Astrocamp, a space camp in Idyllwild, Calif., where my elementary school was on a class trip, and wondering why the radios were all turned to New York stations. I remember sitting in front of one of Astrocamp’s »

Procrastinator’s Delight: Vintage TV on Hulu.com

November 30, 2009
The next time you find yourself typing “hulu.com” into your Web browser, don’t immediately click on the latest episode of “30 Rock” or “The Office.” Hulu has a plethora of vintage television choices. Here are a couple you should try: Old-school “Saturday Night Live” Do you really need to watch Taylor Swift’s monologue again? No, »

The Shubert, past and present

November 19, 2009
Just as Billy Bigelow returns to Earth from Heaven unseen in the Dramat’s fall mainstage “Carousel,” this weekend “Carousel” returned to New Haven. In fact Richard Rogers’ and Oscar Hammerstein II’s tragic story of a carousel barker and his mill-working lover originated in New Haven, as did many of their other classics. While now it »

R.I.P. David Lloyd ’56

November 14, 2009
Sitcom writer David Lloyd ’56 died Tuesday from prostate cancer. Lloyd wrote scripts for scores of sitcoms including “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Taxi,” “Cheers” and “Fraiser.” But, although it is fair to assume many Yalies did not know Lloyd by name, one of the best ways to remember him is through his seminal episode of »

If only your dad was this funny

November 13, 2009
It seems that sometimes, what appears to be a shitty situation is actually a lucky break. A 29 year-old who lives with his 73-year-old dad and maintains the Twitter account “Shit My Dad Says” just got a book contract and a deal for CBS sitcom, both based on the Twitter account. An example of shit »
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Backstage: James Franco

November 6, 2009

Obscure Get-Ups Are Go

October 30, 2009
My friend told me that when she was 6 years old, she asked to be Mary Tyler Moore for Halloween. I love Mary Tyler Moore. I love her eponymous TV show. I love her ’70s miniskirts and boots. I love that lady in the opening credits of her TV show who glares at her as »

The nature of genius

October 9, 2009
Every so often, even at a place like Yale, we are reminded that some people are smarter than others. Someone, like Thomas Steitz — a Sterling professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and, as of Wednesday, the winner of a Nobel Prize for Chemistry — will come along and make us wonder what makes these »

Bespoke’s home for imaginary boyfriends

September 11, 2009
As we sat down to our friend date on the rooftop patio of Bespoke, we looked at each other and immediately wished the other were a boy. With botanical chandeliers hanging above us and sultry Spanish music pervading the dusk air, we knew this could only be better if a young man were sitting across »

One size fits yall

August 28, 2009
In season two of “Mad Men,” the ad men of Sterling Cooper come up with a brilliant campaign for Playtex bras: all women emulate either Jackie Kennedy or Marilyn Monroe, so the ads claim the bra fits both. I say screw Jackie and Marilyn. These days, if you are a woman, you are a Peggy »

Moral: Beware of movies about strangers on trains

September 12, 2008
After simply reading the synopsis for writer-director Brad Anderson’s “Transsiberian,” a suspense-thriller taking place primarily on a Trans-Siberian train ride, Alfred Hitchcock might come to mind. While the setting might be Hitchcockian and reminiscent of films like “North by Northwest” and “Strangers on a Train,” this is no Hitchcock film. There is none of the »