The Superest Bowl
There’s nothing more American than football, except maybe giving an outsized trophy to a first-place football champion. The Super Bowl combines both of these time-honored traditions into an extravaganza of patriotism, performance and spinach-and-artichoke dip. The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks met last Sunday for the 49th such extravaganza. SPOILER ALERT: America won.
Faux News is Good News
Stephen Colbert, American hero and star of the dearly departed “Colbert Report,” would be the first to say that it’s almost impossible to fill the shoes of Stephen Colbert. Larry Wilmore, “Senior Black Correspondent” of “The Daily Show” has the unlucky job of doing just that. His new project, “The Nightly Show,” premiered last Monday in Colbert’s old, post-“Daily Show” time-slot. But skeptical members of the Colbert Nation (myself included) shouldn’t have worried: So far it’s really good, with the potential to be great.
Best Oscars Column in a Leading Yale Publication
Nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced yesterday morning, and frankly, my dear, they left a lot to be desired. Oscar nominations annually evince a mixture of pomp and circumstance and outrage. This year, though, the list of complaints feels longer than usual.
How Harvard Got Its Stupid Name
1636 was a great year to be alive. People gave their kids fun names like Prudence and Chastity. No one had to bother with Daylight Savings Time. Colonists were content to live in harmony on the East Coast, not yet haunted by a bucket-list desire to see the Grand Canyon. Besides the widespread pestilence and »
A New Haven for the Arts
Back in Connecticut for the fall semester, Hays felt a “moral obligation” to extend that spirit of community. A lifelong arts enthusiast (music and art classes as a kid, a few art classes and various music ensembles in college), she wanted to foster a spirit of creativity and cooperation right here in New Haven.
MAD TV: TV’s Most Modern Family
“Transparent”, a new dramedy from Amazon, stars Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman, the transgender patriarch of an upper-middle-class Jewish family who is in the midst of her male-to-female transition.
More Mulaney, Less “Mulaney”
John Mulaney seems like a very nice boy. That might be a strange thing to say about a 32-year-old established comedian, but it’s a role Mulaney himself embraces. Being a thirtysomething comedian who looks like he’s 12 is kind of his shtick.
The Best Wing
Americans are always yearning for the Good Old Days. For TV critics, both professional and armchair, this often translates to three little words: “The West Wing.”
Plato’s Favorite Reality Show
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a television network in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a new concept for a reality show. But sometimes, when all the decent concepts have been exhausted, you just have to go with the first vaguely intellectual-sounding theme that comes to mind. This, I have to assume, is how we ended up with “Utopia,” Fox’s latest televised offering to humankind, which premiered last Sunday (presumably airing on the Lord’s day so that viewers and producers alike might immediately beg for forgiveness).
For God, For Country, and For Fake Yales
Nowadays, real-world applicants to Yale have about a 6% chance of getting in. But the acceptance rate for the one nerd in every high school drama seems to hover around 100% (See: “Boy Meets World,” “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” “Beverley Hills 90210,” etc.).