“This is not writing.”

I’m zooming through a corridor made of words. On either side, chunky text passes by my shoulders. My eyes flit from one wall to the other, trying to absorb the letters. I am inside a poem. Then the corridor ends. The space widens, curves, and pinches together above me to form a dome. I look […]


Jupiter on Broadway

I’m weaving through a tattooed crowd outside of Toad’s on York Street one November night, trying to reach the York-Elm intersection before the 20-second crossing period ends. But before I can cross, I’m approached by a stranger — a middle-aged man of average height with a red windbreaker on. His forehead wrinkles like a topographical […]

Small Talk

Get Lost, Find New Haven

When they swear me to secrecy, I imagine it’s because I’m about to hear highly sensitive information — talk of illicit deals or citywide conspiracies. I’m sitting on the floor of Laura Snow’s third-floor apartment off Whitney Avenue in East Rock, waiting with bated breath to become complicit in this secret. I should have expected […]


How to Succeed in Comedy (without The Lampoon)

My first reaction was that it looked much bigger on TV. Through slightly dimmed house lights, 200 audience members were filing into tightly-packed blue and yellow plastic bleachers that were better suited to a baseball stadium than a studio. I found my seat in the balcony, about four rows back, and watched as swarms of […]

Short Feature

When Inspiration Strikes

You know the situation: your big essay is due tomorrow, and you still haven’t started it. Sure, you have done some planning, some brainstorming, found some quotes to include, but the actual writing of the essay has not yet begun. It’s fine, you tell yourself. If you have done the planning, the essay will practically […]


New Yorker writer shares wisdom on writing, life

Hilton Als, staff writer and theater critic for The New Yorker, writes what he knows. Als, the recipient of a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship for creative writing, described his time at The New Yorker, his writing life and his thoughts on the black male experience in a lecture in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library […]