Honneus on Yale

"So Much To Do and So Little Time"

Today's Yale students have many more choices than we did or so it seems from comparing the Yale Bulletin of '58-'62 to that of today. Ours was about two feet long. Today's prints out on my computer at 60 pages for a two-week period!

Ours used to hang on the bulletin boards that were just inside every Yale entryway. They called to us as we ran from class to class during those all too brief 10 minutes. It always seemed long and full and was printed on that universal cream colored paper that Yale must have bought by the ton. The Bulletin was said to announce everything that was going on campus wide. (Well, everything that the University knew about.)

Sometimes, I actually read it. And that is how during the Spring of our Freshman year, I heard Robert Frost read his own poetry and Alexander Kerensky tell us what it was like to briefly govern Russia between the Tsar and Lenin. I had seen photos of him from 1917, and here in 1959 was this old man, a piece of living history. What I learned from hearing Frost was that poets should never read their poetry aloud. Actors do a much better job, just listen to Richard Burton reading John Donne. It's still available somewhere as a book on tape.

Out of curiosity, I went to the Yale website and looked for the Bulletin. And there it was. It prints out for the two weeks following the date of your query. For the two weeks following February 19th, it turned out to be 60 pages long!! I grant you that if something like a theatrical performance or an exhibit at the Peabody Art Gallery runs for a week or longer that all of the performances or dates of the exhibit will be listed, but 60 PAGES!!!

It is broken down into categories. Biomedical Sciences, Conferences/Symposia, Exhibitions, Film, Music, Religion, Sports, Talks and one just called &And., i.e. miscellaneous. Naturally, I went to Film first. On Friday 2/20 there was "Unforgiven" at the Whitney Humanities Center, "Kill Bill, vol, 1" at the Sterling Hall of Medicine (shown twice) and "Singing in the Rain," also at the Whitney Humanities Center. Also available were "Hidalgo" (about to open nationwide), "21 Grams" (anything with Naomi Watts is fine by me) and "How To Marry A Millionaire". Perhaps this is to introduce Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall to today's youth, not to mention the strange mores of the 1950's. Probably gave them a good laugh and perhaps an insight into their parents.

There were enough sportive contests to for both men and women to sate even the most competition mad undergraduate. There were music recitals by students, concerts by visiting pros, enough art exhibits to give you eyestrain and even AA meetings listed. King Lear was on at the University Theatre courtesy of the Yale Rep. Ginny and I, with our son, saw Lear on Saturday, March 6. Mediocre.

Even more than when we were at Yale, there seems to be too much to do. But, isn't that wonderful? Choices. Just what life is about.

Barrie's Redux.

News Flash!! I shared with you last time that one of Barrie's long time employees was about to open a similar shoe store in a small portion of J.Press. He found the owners of J.Press to be even more difficult landlords than Yale. So, he negotiated with Yale and is opening in the Barrie's space on or about May 1st. Same English shoe suppliers, different name on the door.

And . . .

Your truly has joined the ACLU! Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft and the Right have stepped over all the lines in the sand and the Patriot Act, aka the Alien & Sedition Act, have to go! Comments are welcome.

David may be reached at david_honneus@fleet.com.