Too Close for Comfort – The Great Gay American Novel

I am a great cork-popper. Now what on earth could that mean? Do we take the literal definition, that is, I am great at popping corks? Ergo, I am, à la a magnificent circus freak of collegiate proportions, gathered-around and ogled by the friends, well-wishers and acquaintances who coo and aspirate at my superb, pre-eminent, […]

Personal Essay

God, the Devil and Richard Dawkins

The author Salman Rushdie once said, “We’re all living under a fatwa now,” referring to the practice of condemning to death those accused of besmirching Allah and Muhammad. The God Delusion, the latest thought-experiment by prominent Oxford evolutionist Richard Dawkins, is a vitriolic “bring it on” to fatwas, to fundamentalism, to clerics, priests, rabbis, monks […]

Short Feature

Black Belt

I am lying in bed, half-naked, half-asleep, dead tired, and full of fear. I am only 10, so my small hands can’t grip the mattress with the same white-knuckled zeal of a 21-year-old. My heart flutters across my ribcage like a cornered bat; my stomach, hostage to its own acids, churns in terror. My eyelids […]

Short Feature

Elis experience weightlessness in NASA research program

They say space is the final frontier, and in the imagination of the average person — even the average Yalie — it is a destination as distant and surreal as the most fantastic dream. This summer, though, five Yale physics majors had a taste of the majesty and grandeur of spaceflight, after they won clearance […]


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