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‘White Fur’: Is Love Really More Powerful Than Money?

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The more I think about this novel, the more I love White Fur by Jardine Libaire. It’s the 1980s and Elise, a school dropout and recently homeless young girl is living in New Haven with a friend she met on the street. Jamey is one of the white, privileged and wealthy guys in the apartment next door; the longtime buddies are students at Yale and everything material has been given to them on a silver platter. The unlikely attraction between Elise and Jamey is powerful, lustful and trepidatious on Jamey’s part, as Elise is from low-class, poor, unsophisticated stock, and although she has big love for her family and knows what she wants out of life, his fancy and pretentious family and…

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The Weekly Round Up: Madonna’s ‘Sex’ Turns 25, #BlackBiblio at Yale Trends on Twitter and Anthrax Guitarist Scott Ian Pens Memoir

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Our new weekend column on The Weekly Round Up covers all the news in the publishing world! Each Saturday and Sunday, stay abreast of what’s new, your favorite writers, literary events, openings and book signings.  Today Sex with Madonna and musical mayhem rule!  Madonna’s ‘Sex’ Turns 25 Twenty-five years ago, Madonna shocked the world, again, with one of the most “daring” periods of her careers, according to HuffPost writer Matthew Jacobs.  The books Sex and it’s vinyl companion Erotica hit the market on October 22 and 21, respectively, in 1992. Topping The New York Times Bestsellers list, the book sold a phenomenal 150,000 copies its first day.  While it was devoured by fans, critics and the moral compass of our nation—…

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Yale’s Secret Societies Are Revealed in ‘Skulls and Keys’

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Secret societies have always held a certain fascination for America, the mystery around their operations and initiations inspiring hundreds of rumors of just how much influence they have, and how far that influence can reach. In an era of sororities and fraternities becoming more open and public with their workings, collegiate secret societies have once more come under the spotlight. Often having a long-standing presence in university history, these organizations have only become more renowned for the lack of transparency in their workings, and the secrecy of whether they are even still active. Out of all the colleges, however, no campus is more aware of the presence of secret societies than Yale University, home to over a dozen secret societies,…

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What’s it Like to Quit Your Job, Pack 100 Books and Move to Paradise?

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It’s the classic American dream of everyone who’s burnt out, had enough, and ready to give up. “One of these days,” we think, “I’m going to chuck it all and live on a beach on a remote Pacific island.” So many of us have thought about it, yet it’s shocking how few people actually do it. In fact, chances are that you’ve never met a single person who’s left behind the life of deadlines, pressure and hullabaloo to sit in the sand with their feet in the water. Well, meet Alex Sheshunoff. With a Yale degree in hand, Sheshunoff started and ran the Internet company E-the People, a non-partisan precursor to MoveOn.org. The company was a tremendous success, but soon,…

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Finding words for the opposite of loneliness

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Like too many writers and artistic voices before her, Marina Keegan left too soon. Five days after graduating magna cum laude from Yale, Keegan—who had a play to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at The New Yorker—died in a car accident at age 22. Her last essay, and the title of her posthumous collection, “The Opposite of Loneliness” went viral, receiving more 1.4 million hits after being published in The Yale Daily News. Despite her age, Keegan left behind a treasure trove of prose that captures her generation’s hopes, uncertainties, and possibilities. The Opposite of Loneliness (Scribner, April 8), a book in which Publishers Weekly declares that Keegan “brings self-awareness to…

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