Winning the tailgate since 1906

November 18, 2011 • 0
Pizza and hamburgers might not be New Haven’s only inventions. In a recent article for the Yale Alumni Magazine, Chief Research Archivist Judith Schiff traced the history of the tailgate all the way back to its birth in 1906. That fall, the first recorded instance of a tailgate appeared on Yale’s own fields at the »

Stark Naked: free love fuels reflection

November 11, 2011 • 0
“How do you stage a masturbation contest?” asked Hallie Cooper-Novack DRA ’12. “And not only how do you stage it, but how do you connect it to character? How do you make it real and not just a spectacle?” If you thought “Spring Awakening” was racy, think again. These questions are just some of the »

What lies beneath

October 28, 2011 • 6
The Grove Street Cemetery has plots for sale. Interested? We are. As Halloween approaches, the haunted and creepy take over. Fake cobwebs hide houses, inflatable witches cackle from windows and the shelves at Walgreens bleed candy corn and Reese’s pieces. We stock up on sugar, compare costumes and grow graveyards on our lawns. And in »

“Sophomore Surprises” defy classification

October 21, 2011 • 0
Last Friday night, York Street was a scene. No, I don’t mean Toad’s. Keep going (does anyone even go to Jack Wills?), past Loria (even the hipsters had gone home by then), and arrive at 168 York Street Café: proudly advertised on its website as “one of the oldest gay bars in Connecticut” and “the »

Butterfly hunters, dentists and the history of the comic book

October 14, 2011 • 0
Spiderman never knew a certain Monsieur Jabot or Obadiah Oldbuck. But if he had, he would have thanked them. For these are the trailblazers who paved the way for Calvin and Hobbes, for X-Men and the Hulk. These are the heroes of our earliest comic books, now on display at Beinecke’s “Comic Inventions: The Pre-History »