Reclaiming the Concrete Canyon
As I turn right on Humphrey Street to face the underpass, however, everything changes.
An explosion of color: The underpass is lit up by ecstatic strokes of azure, bright cerulean, magenta and chartreuse. Two large murals cover every inch of the inner walls. This is the Under 91 Project, a quest to transform the grim concrete canyon of the underpass that divides East Rock and Upper State Street from Fair Haven.
That West-Coast Feeling
And yet, walking into the airy space on the top floor of the Yale University Art Gallery, I already felt as if I had taken a pleasant stroll from New Haven into a quiet Santa Monica neighborhood. A pale sunlight filtered through the white ceiling panes and onto the canvas of Dienbenkorn’s “Ocean Park No. 24” – a bird’s-eye-view landscape of cayenne, hemlock and placid blue – evocative of the environmental and beat poetry of mid-century San Francisco and the cool and balladic melodies of West Coast Jazz.
Pita Chips and Good Conversation
I walk back to my entryway from the library at 2 a.m., feeling dead and ready to collapse on my bed. I saunter into the opposite suite where my floormates are, hoping to find some food. A handful of pita chips in one hand, I sink into the couch for five minutes of repose. Somebody »
Jared Milfred ’16: A Smooth Operator
Jared Milfred ’16 once operated nuclear reactors. A native of Portland, Oreg., Milfred spent his junior year in high school training to be an operator at Reed College’s research reactor, the only reactor in the world operated by undergraduates. A year later, he passed his training exam with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and officially became the youngest licensed nuclear reactor operator in the country. WEEKEND spoke to Milfred in the Pierson Common Room about neutron activation analysis, avoiding another Fukushima and big, red buttons.
Judging by More Than its Cover
Inserted discreetly between a book’s binding and its text, endpapers are easy to overlook. ‘Under the Covers’ – an exhibit at the Beineicke Library dedicated purely to the visual history of these history of these small slips parchment, textile and silk, felt like a much-needed homage to the neglected underdog of the world of books and book arts.