Noah Kim
Staff Reporter
Author Archive
The Punchline: a meditation on Asian American themes

It had been about three months since my freshman-year suitemates and I had taken out the trash. Our suite was adjacent to another that was […]

A space of their own?

Haleigh Larson ’18 spent her North Dakotan childhood in a community she characterizes as “almost completely Scandinavian.” She and her two siblings, the adopted children […]

Suddenly Spring: Alexa Derman’s Why We Have Winter

“Winter” is an urgent play of lacerating anger and quiet pathos, genuinely affecting and devastating in its emotional impact. I left reeling. It’s a play our campus needs right now, and I might even venture to say that it’s the best student production I’ve seen over the last two years.


I was introduced to The Mountain Goats (that is, John Darnielle, poet, 2014 National Book Award Finalist, musician) by my roommate, Xavier, at a summer writing program. Xavier was a self-serious folk singer who wore sunglasses to the movies and patterned the walls of our dorm with Neutral Milk Hotel posters. Back then, most references to the Goats were preceded or followed by that most aggressively patronizing of declaratives: “You probably haven’t ever heard of them …” Thus was I introduced. Darnielle was a cult figure, who, like Thomas Pynchon, stayed that way due to the fanaticism of his fan base. He was extolled with such pomposity, bravado and bluster that his real value as an artist and a musician was obscured by the connotations he developed as an idol of angelheaded hipsters everywhere.

The Same Old Shows: can Yale theater actually accommodate diverse voices?

Last week, Nickolas Brooks ’17 agreed to take part in a reading of a play featured in the 2016 Yale Playwrights’ Festival. After thumbing through the script, he discovered that the piece was set in post-Civil War America, and he and all the other black actors had been cast as servants. As he continued reading, Brooks grew outraged by racial stereotyping that he found highly disrespectful of the African-American experience.

We care if you listen

In 1958, the legendary serialist composer Milton Babbitt published a now-infamous article in the magazine High Fidelity with the inflammatory title, “Who Cares if You Listen.”

Callout culture: when controversial actions have online repercussions

On a Friday morning in September, Aryssa Damron ’18 was asked by Campus Reform, an online news source focusing on colleges and universities, to participate […]

The compassion of Annie Baker

Why does every contemporary production about generational anxiety seem to employ artistic — and therefore intellectual — ennui? From Girls to the films of Noah […]

Bring Up the Bodies

“We are secretaries and we do things secretarial.”

New lanes won’t cut traffic, experts say

Gov. Dannell Malloy’s plan to expand I-84 and I-95 by two lanes is unlikely to cut state traffic, experts say. A Connecticut Department of Transportation […]

Rushing out of the closet

In the past few years, issues surrounding sexual misconduct have brought national attention to fraternities at Yale. Some members of the LGBTQ community say treatment of queer students should also be in the limelight. For many, the single-gender nature of Greek-life institutions indicates that queerness does not have a place in the community. They see Greek life as enforcing already rigid gender norms.