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The Yale of My Day

No matter how recently someone has graduated from Yale, conversations about the experience tend to begin, “In my day,” usually with the emphasis on the second word.

More often than not, theĀ  message being sent is that Yale was better—or at least different—then, whenever then might have been. And perhaps it was, at least for the speaker. What becomes clear from the vantage point of this magazine, however, is how similar perceptions about Yale life extend over so many generations, despite the apparent differences. If Yale was special in the 1940s to those who were at the College then, it seems it was not less special in the 1960s and 1980s for those in residence in those days.

In hopes of conveying a sense of both the varied forms of those perceptions, and the similarities among them over the years, YAM recently scanned the alumni body from the 1930s to the 1990s for a selection of representative “recollectors.” We limited the candidates to people who were inclined to writing as undergraduates, and who went on to become professional writers—whether of fact, fiction, or drama. (We were prepared for some sour commentators, but either we missed them, or they chose not to respond to our invitation.)

The selection was limited to graduates of Yale College in part because YAM will be reporting on the Graduate School’s 150th anniversary later this year, and in part because the undergraduate and graduate experiences are so fundamentally different for most people.

While our original list of writers was intended to be as comprehensive as possible, it could not, of course, cover the entirety of the Yale experience; as the following pieces demonstrate, the experience takes too many forms.

Young Lords and Lower Classes

Distant Thunder

New Haven On Stage

From White Shoe to Combat Boot

Defying Dink

Harold Bloom and the “Orc Cycles”

Vietnam On Our Mind

Of Reading, and a Wink

A Confusion of Lures

Chronicling a Cauldron

Surviving “Grim Professionalism”

Diary Daze

A Not Unwelcome Senselessness

When the World Barged In



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