Yale v. zombies

April 10, 2009 • 1
How had they found him? It did not matter anymore. He had seen too much: lacerated fingers, arms, legs, heads and various other body parts. This was Brian’s final stand. He and the last members of the class of 2012 were barricading the door to Harkness Tower. The moaning crept through the piles of chairs »

… and you will blog about us

February 27, 2009 • 0
Picture a 15-year old looking for unheard-of indie rock to impress his friends. He’s surfing through iTunes, and he comes across “…And You Will Know Us By the Trail Of Dead”. Perfect. Instant download. That was me, sitting in front of my Alienware Area 51-M gaming computer, looking for music as a background for four »

Attack of the Sloane

February 13, 2009 • 0
Tatler magazine called Lily Allen a “secret sloane” a couple of years ago, sloane meaning “preppy” in U.K. culture. On her new LP “It’s Not Me, It’s You,” she can’t really hide it. Her accent has softened, she has moved to a more generic electro-dream-pop, and she sings about money and giving head. When Lily »

Backstage: Robert Beavers

January 30, 2009 • 0
Meet Robert Beavers, Experimental filmmaker Pioneer Awakener QWhy did you choose to come to speak here at Yale and what’s the purpose of this event? AI am interested in finding a particular space for the reception of my films, of course — not only my films, but the poetic and sensuous filmmaking that stands outside »

Niarchos won’t see ‘Light’

January 23, 2009 • 0
Beach grey wave shore roll over pebbles. It’s wet, it’s miserable: Antony and the Johnsons have recorded a third album, “The Crying Light.” Almost as starkly monochromatic as its cover, a 1977 portrait of Japanese budoh artist Kazuo Ohno, the album does at times gesture toward brighter shades. But for the most part, it resurrects »

Yale’s secret social fabric

December 5, 2008 • 3
“It has its faults. But it’s the best system there is …” “… And it makes Yale what it is today.” This is how savvy sophomore Hugh Le Baron explains the world of Yale to freshman Dink Stover his first night on campus in 1900 in Owen Johnson’s 1911-12 serial novel “Stover at Yale.” For »

Niarchos, British, does not get it

November 21, 2008 • 0
What are we doing here at an American Football game? We don’t seem welcome in the spattering of Yale-apparelled fans; both of us are wearing suits. His is a dashing tweed number, while I’ve strayed to a countryside brown. We look like we have sprung from the pages of an Evelyn Waugh novel. But what »

Devoted to devotional

November 14, 2008 • 0
Images. Light. Played in a silent loop to an audience captivated by the depth of the projection. If the prospect of sitting in a hushed room and watching footage of everyday objects (an old man’s glasses, a steampipe, shadows of a gateway) seems daunting or boring, think again. This weekend, “devotional” filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky will »

‘Gossip’ also rises

November 7, 2008 • 0
One rainy evening in the hospital, they decided to bring him the Gossip Girl soundtrack. There was nothing much wrong with it. What could he expect? A TV show soundtrack that was original? Perhaps. Before the system’s collapse, this is what the decadent youth listened to. At first, “Crimewave” by the Crystal Castles was heard »

Luther raps!

November 7, 2008 • 0
A quiet church scene, Gregorian chant, people getting their sins absolved for money. Then comes a hideous knocking at the church door. What’s this, somebody nailing paper to the door? Martin Luther? 95 Theses? Yes. Shot in high-quality black and white. If this all sounds like a cheesy History Channel reshooting, it certainly looks like »

N.H. state of mind

November 7, 2008 • 2
The first thing one notices when entering Heirloom is the emptiness of the space. Opened only a few weeks ago, the restaurant enjoys a smaller portion of the New Haven clientele than other up-market establishments nearby. Heirloom offers traditional American and Continental fare in a metropolitan setting on the ground floor of the new Study »