So meta.

“Our Modern Lives” Is My Boyfriend

April 24, 2015
Yale University likes to be at the vanguard. We pride ourselves on doing things creatively, in new and unexpected ways. We conduct important research on important topics of importance. And, just last week, we experienced one of those watershed moments: a Yale student produced a real senior project consisting of a fake Kickstarter for a fake musical.
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Empathizing With the Plight of a Talking Horse

April 10, 2015
A panel of speakers sits on a stage, fielding dumb questions from a tiny audience.
Fly like a bird / I want to fly away-ay.


April 3, 2015
Lots of kids dream about flying. They jump off of couches and diving boards into pillows and pools. They want to be pilots and astronauts and butterflies. When I was little I wanted to be a pirate, or possibly a mermaid. I had no interest in soaring through the air or touching the clouds. And the funny thing is: I’m the only person I know who can actually fly.
Women laughing in apartment.

Young (and Millenial) Like Us

March 27, 2015
For decades, kids have picked up home movie cameras, bossed around their younger siblings and dreamed of being famous directors. And for most of those decades, their work went unwatched, confined to cassette tapes forgotten on dusty basement shelves.
Your brain on midterms, your brain on TV...

Which Midterm-Procrastination Show is Right for You?

February 20, 2015
Midterm season is upon us, and thus everything is terrible.
Left shark! Right shark! Fish in the middle!

The Superest Bowl

February 6, 2015
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.
The veteran comedian himself!

Faux News is Good News

January 30, 2015
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.
Go on, reel it in, Meryl, reel it in.

Best Oscars Column in a Leading Yale Publication

January 16, 2015
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.
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How Harvard Got Its Stupid Name

November 21, 2014
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 »
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A New Haven for the Arts

November 14, 2014
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.
Identity in all its mystifying and splintered forms

MAD TV: TV’s Most Modern Family

October 31, 2014
“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.
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More Mulaney, Less “Mulaney”

October 10, 2014
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.