Beach fiction - Ashlyn Oakes - Staff Illustrator

Thanks (Part 2)

January 16, 2015 • 0
“Do you pity me,” I asked. “For not having all the things that you’ve had?” “Of course not,” Todd said, too quickly, in reply.
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Thanks (Part 1)

December 5, 2014 • 0
The three of them talked about the way the beach had changed in the three years since they had last been to this house. I had no knowledge of the details — the new restaurants, the changing cost of firewood on the shore — so I listened and watched the candles flicker and the wax melt. I knew the big changes anyway, the ones that Todd, Amy and Cam, did not mention. Three years ago, Stephanie, Todd’s wife, had died. Two years after that, he had somehow found me.
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Who is the Great Fratsby?

November 21, 2014 • 0
This is a list of characters from “The Great Gatsby” ranked by how much fun they’d be at the 2014 Harvard-Yale tailgate. Why? Because many people who tailgate never make it to The Game, and here Gatsby offers an instructive parallel: It follows characters who spend their time in one long party and never achieve their true goals.
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A Formal Vacation to Roìa

November 14, 2014 • 0
While occasionally frustrating, Roìa’s fastidiousness serves a larger fantasy. The restaurant aims to offer a specific kind of food, but also in a specific style. In this case, that means food from the South of France, and specifically old-fashioned food from that region. The menu has no foams, fusions or gastronomic flights of fancy.
To the ghosts of television series past: Requiescat in pace.

Requiem for a Selfie

November 14, 2014 • 0
Last Friday, “Selfie” was cancelled. ABC announced that it wouldn’t extend the show’s 13-episode order, and that many of those episodes might not air. The timeslot’s likely going to holiday programming. The show averaged a tiny 1.5 million in key demographics, and it’s not likely that many will miss it. I know I’ll miss it, though.
WKDN promises you'll be almost as glamorous as this on Halloween if you follow these costume tips.

10 Yale-themed Halloween Costumes that require (almost) no effort

October 30, 2014 • 0
Today is Halloween, and unlike those gold-star overachievers who nabbed their costumes weeks in advance, you’ve found yourself all alone in a spooky place. Plus, you didn’t get YSO tickets, so going out’s not worth it anyway. Luckily, I have a solution. Here are some Yale-themed costumes that don’t require you to see other people, but do require some social media.
Ah yes, adulthood.

Which Rory Gilmore Are You?

October 10, 2014 • 0
Even if you’ve never heard of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s early 2000s WB masterpiece, you’ve probably heard of Rory Gilmore. In part, this is because Rory Gilmore, daughter of rebel-child Lorelai, feels like a student on campus, or at least someone that many students want to be: She’s high-achieving, she nabs cute if dangerous boyfriends, she edits the YDN, she’s “basic” before the term existed. In other words, she’s aggressively bland.
A mock-up of our new concept.


April 1, 2014 • 0
Pretty soon, getting scened will amount to more social capital than an Andrew Goble photo.
Experience a trip to New Orleans.

At Rep, a dangerous desire drives ‘Streetcar’

September 27, 2013 • 0
The Rep recognizes that “Streetcar” is ultimately a play about the fragility of lies, of the rose-tinted fantasies that Blanche invents for herself. As Williams argues, and as you can see in this production, there is something dangerous under these lies. It’s a human instinct, a gnawing impulse that consumes lives, throws men and women together and then propels them apart. Blanche believes there is poetry in love, but sometimes it is only a spectacle of the flesh.
Getting blown away

Staying In

September 13, 2013 • 0
I have a passing fascination with the other version of my life, the one where I wouldn’t have to be alone for hours after seeing too many people. Would I be happier if I could go to Toad’s without dreading a panic attack?

All Work & No Pay

August 30, 2013 • 0
Fellowship funding insulates Yale students from the realities of a difficult and rapidly changing summer job market. But even on our campus, there aren’t fellowships for everyone. Some—like the freshman Clare Kane of 2011—apply for fellowships, but don’t make the cut. As Kane said, you have to learn how to navigate the application process. Sources for funding are skewed towards encouraging in public service or STEM. Yale’s reputation and deep alumni support may grant its students some institutional advantages, but many miss out on the summer they want. As arguments about the ethics of unpaid or low-paid internships garner more national attention, Yale’s solution, using fellowships to support some but not all students, will face new questions and louder calls for reform.
Lesson #1: A liberals arts education does not preclude a stint in prison!

Distressed Damsels

August 14, 2013 • 0
"Orange is the New Black" quickly, and wisely, shifts its focus away from its main anti-heroine and onto the other prisoners and staff, a cast of women (and men) more diverse and engaging than any other currently on television.