Author Archives: Katherine Greenwood

Grody ’11 Is Music Director of a New York Premiere

TGI PosterPlay: The Great Immensity, a musical play about climate change by the investigative theater company The Civilians. Andrea Grody ’11 is the music director. The show is written and directed by Steven Cosson and songs are by Michael Friedman.

Dates and location: Through May 1, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, N.Y.

The music director: As a student at Princeton, Grody was music director of the work-in-progress production of The Great Immensity at the Berlind Theatre. Today she is a musical-theater artist in New York City. The musical she wrote, Strange Faces, about young people with Asperger’s syndrome, received readings last summer.  Continue reading

Maisel ’84 Exhibits ‘Ghostly Images’

MaiselThe exhibition: “History’s Shadow,” photographs of X-rays of sculptural antiquities, by David Maisel ’84.

Dates and location: April 3 through May 10, at Yancey Richardson Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, New York City.

The artist: Maisel is a San Francisco-based photographer. His photographs, multi-media projects, and public installations are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among others.

The show, from the press release: “The exhibitionʼs title comes from a project of the same name, inspired by the artistʼs residency at the Getty Research Institute, during which time he re-photographed X-rays of sculptural antiquities culled from the museumʼs conservation archives. According to Maisel, ‘Historyʼs Shadow’ refers ‘both to the literal images that the X-rays create as they are re-photographed, and to the metaphorical content informed by the past from which these objects derive.’” In addition to “History’s Shadow,” the exhibition includes works from Maisel’s “Library of Dust” series, in which he photographed copper canisters containing cremated remains of patients from a psychiatric hospital.

Phillips *08 Interviews L.A. Architects

Phillips-crop-1New book: L.A. [Ten], Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture, 1970s-1990s, with Stephen Phillips *08 (Lars Müller Publishers)

The editor: An architect and historian, Phillips is an associate professor of architecture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and founding director of the Cal Poly L.A. Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design.

The book: In this collection of oral history interviews, a group of architects discuss their lives, work, and the cultural history of L.A. architecture. They were known as the “L.A. Ten” — a loosely affiliated group of architects who influenced Los Angeles architecture. Among them are Neil Denari, Ming Fung, Craig Hodgetts, Wes Jones, Eric Owen Moss, and Michael Rotondi. Phillips and others conducted the interviews. Continue reading

Jacobs-Jenkins ’06’s Play Opens in New York

New play: Appropriate, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins ’06, directed by Liesl Tommy

Dates and location: Through April 13, at Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, New York, N.Y.

The playwright: The Brooklyn-based Jacobs-Jenkins is a playwright-in-residence at Signature Theatre Company in New York City. He has won the 2013 Sundance Theatre Institute Tennessee Williams Award, among other honors. His 2010 play Neighbors explored race. Continue reading

Cahua ’08 Exhibits in Boston

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Carlos Jiménez Cahua ’08 (Photo: Courtesy Carlos Jiménez Cahua ’08)

On view: “Neoplasms and Pleonasms,” an art exhibition by Carlos Jiménez Cahua ’08.

Dates and location: Jan. 3 through March 1, at Samsøn gallery, at 450 Harrison Avenue/29 Thayer Street, Boston, Mass.
The artist: Cahua’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions, including at Anastasia Photo in New York, Torrance Shipman in Brooklyn, the Mills Gallery in Boston, and Open Space in Baltimore. His work will be exhibited in the forthcoming East Wing Biennial at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Born in Lima, Peru, Cahua earned an M.F.A. at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.

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Dunn ’64 Presents New Dance

New dance: Aubade, a new dance/theater piece by postmodern choreographer and dancer Douglas Dunn ’64, performed by his dance company and dance students from Montclair State College of the Arts.

 
Dates and location: Jan. 24 (7:30 p.m.), Jan. 25 (8 p.m.), Jan. 26 (3 p.m.), Jan. 30 (7:30 p.m.), Jan. 31 (7:30 p.m.), Feb. 1 (7 p.m.) at Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J.
 
The choreographer: Dunn discovered dance at Princeton, later joined choreographer Merce Cunningham’s company, and in 1978 founded his own company. In a New York Times story about Aubade, Gia Kourlas wrote, “Dunn, who thrives on contradictions, is a bewitching mix of pragmatic sensibility and dreaminess; the same can be said of his dances, in which he balances formal choreographic concerns with fearless whimsy.” He is a “prolific choreographer whose incisive dances marry rigor with an absurdist edge.”
 

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Tiger of the Week: Playwright Douglas McGrath ’80

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Douglas McGrath ’80 (Photo: Gasper Tringale/Courtesy Douglas McGrath)

Douglas McGrath ’80 wrote two musicals for the Triangle Club as a student at Princeton. His third — Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, about the singer-songwriter’s rise to stardom — is opening on Broadway Jan. 12 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The show has garnered attention during previews in New York and praise for its run in San Francisco.

In working on the production, McGrath interviewed King, her ex-husband Gerry Goffin, and their fellow songwriters and friends Barry Mann (played by Jarrod Spector ’03) and Cynthia Weil. “It was quite emotional for all of them at different points, because they are talking about their youth, they’re talking about triumphs, and they are also talking about a lot of things that went wrong in their lives,” says McGrath.

A filmmaker and playwright, McGrath wrote and directed the adaption of Jane Austen’s Emma for film, as well as Nicholas Nickleby, Company Man, and Infamous. With Woody Allen, he wrote the screenplay for Bullets Over Broadway, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

McGrath listened to King and Goffin’s songs in his youth and was interested in the Brill Building, where songwriters of that era worked. The Brill Building sound, he says, really refers to two buildings on Broadway. King, Goffin, Mann, and Weill worked out of 1650 Broadway. “I was always fascinated by this idea that there was an office building … that was essentially a creative beehive,” he says,  “kids in cubicles with pianos and keyboards and desks, writing music.”

Although the natural audience for the show is King’s fan base, McGrath hopes that younger people also will see the show, because “in many ways it’s a girl empowerment story,” he says. “Out of the dissolution of [King’s] marriage, out of the worst thing that had ever happened to her, she found herself as an artist.”

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Dunne ’87 and Grody ’11 put on White Christmas

Musical: Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” about two World War II veterans and the musical Haynes sisters who take their song-and-dance act to a Vermont lodge, is directed by Carol Dunne ’87 and music directed by Andrea Grody ’11.
 
Dates and location: Dec. 4-31, at Northern Stage in White River Junction, Vt.
 

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Hennessy ’87 pens second poetry collection

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John Hennessy ’87 (Photo: Anton Kisselgoff)

New book: Coney Island Pilgrims, by John Hennessy ’87 (The Ashland Poetry Press)

 
The author: Hennessy teaches courses in creative writing and literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is the poetry editor for The Common, a magazine based at Amherst College’s Frost Library. His first poetry collection was Bridge and Tunnel. Hennessy won the Transatlantic Review Award in fiction from the Henfield Foundation and was a resident fellow in poetry at the Amy Clampitt House.
 
The collection: The poems in Hennessy’s new volume have appeared in Best American Poetry 2013, Poetry magazine, The Believer, and The Yale Review, among other journals. On the book’s jacket cover, Jonathan Ames ’87 called the poems “sumptuous yet lean, wild yet measured. The unbearable beat of life rushing by is suffused beneath his lines, but he is trying to get it all down, to record as much as he can, until the next thing happens.”
 

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Krauthamer *00 Explores Slavery in Native American Territory

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Barbara Krauthamer *00 (Photo: Courtesy Barbara Krauthamer *00)

New book: Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South, by Barbara Krauthamer *00 (University of North Carolina Press)

 
The author: An associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts –Amherst, Krauthamer also is the co-author of Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery. She is working on a study of runaway slave women that explores the meaning of freedom in their lives.
 
The book: Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians owned Africans and African-Americans as slaves from the late 18th century through the end of the Civil War. In this study of the lives of enslaved people in the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indian nations, Krauthamer examines the religion and community relations of the enslaved blacks, their resistance efforts, their emancipation, and their “struggles to create meaningful lives in Indian Territory.” The author also explores the ways that gender roles of Indian women changed with the arrival of slavery.
 

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Sigman ’89 *98 Develops New Performance Project

By Erin McDonough ’14

 
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Video still from PERMA(culture) by Marie Guex.
The showing: Choreographer Jill Sigman ’89 *98 will hold two work-in-progress showings of her new piece, tentatively titled PERMA(culture).
 
Dates and location: October 18 at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St., New York, NY 10018, Studio 4A.
 
The Artist: A Brooklyn native, Sigman came to Princeton after having studied classical ballet for 11 years at the Ballet Center of Brooklyn and the Joffrey Ballet School. At Princeton, she majored in philosophy and began practicing modern dance for the first time. In 1998, she founded her own company, jill sigman/thinkdance, which presents conceptual dance that asks questions through the medium of the body, often using non-traditional environments, formats, and ways of engaging the viewer. This fall she has a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, where she is working on PERMA(culture).
 

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Miracles of Modern Science to perform at alumni arts event in New York City

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Miracles of Modern Science: from left, Geoff McDonald ’07, Josh Hirshfeld ’08, Evan Younger ’08, Tyler Pines ’09, and Kieran Ledwidge ’08. (Photo: Courtesy Miracles of Modern Science)

The show: This Brooklyn-based band that formed at Princeton — vocalist/double bassist Evan Younger ’08, mandolinist Josh Hirshfeld ’08, cellist Geoff McDonald ’07, and violinist Kieran Ledwidge ’08 — will perform at an event hosted by Princeton Alumni in the Arts and sponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts.

 
Date and location: Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. at SubCultureNYC, 45 Bleecker Street, in New York City.
 

The musicians: This indie orchestral rock band is made up of former members of Princeton’s orchestras and jazz bands. Evan Younger told PAW in a 2010 profile, that they like to think that “we rock as hard as a real rock band.” Miracles of Modern Science has released the CDs Dog Year and MEEMS. (Drummer Tyler Pines ’09 recently left the band.)

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Landweber ’92 Manipulates Time in Debut Novel

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Michael Landweber ’92 (Photo: Courtesy Coffeetown Press)

New book: We, by Michael Landweber ’92 (Coffeetown Press)

 
The author: An associate editor at the Potomac Review, Landweber also is a contributor on film and TV for Pop Matters. He has worked for The Japan Times, the State Department, and the nonprofit Partnership for a Secure America. Currently, he is a senior adviser at the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy.
 
The novel: In this debut novel, the narrator — 42-year-old Ben — finds himself thrust back in time after an accident, transported inside the brain of his younger seven-year-old self, in the house where he grew up. Ben realizes that it is three days before his sister’s attack. In order to avert that tragedy, Ben needs to convince “Binky,” his younger self, to listen.
 

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DeVaron ’78 Sings Broadway Tunes

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Tina deVaron ’78 (Photo: Judy Schiller)

The show: At Tunes with Tina, Tina deVaron ’78 plays the piano and sings songs while children and their families can sing and dance along.

 
Dates and location: Sunday Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. and all Sundays through Jan. 5, at Langham Place, 400 Fifth Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets), in Manhattan.
 

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Ackerman-Lieberman *07 Examines Dogs in Jewish History

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Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman *07 (Photo: Courtesy Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman *07)

New book: A Jew’s Best Friend? The Image of the Dog Throughout Jewish History, edited by Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman *07 and Rakefet Zalashik (Sussex Academic Press)

 
The editors: An assistant professor of Jewish studies and law, and of religious studies at Vanderbilt University, Ackerman-Lieberman is an expert in Jewish and Islamic Law. His forthcoming book is The Business of Identity: Jews, Muslims, and Economic Life in Medieval Egypt. Zalashik is a post-doctoral fellow at the Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University and the guest professor for science and Jewish studies at the Eidenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich.
 
The book: The essays in this volume explore how Jews have viewed dogs through history. The pieces look at different periods and communities and the ways that the “image of the dog has been used as a foil for Jewish otherness itself.” The image of the dog, the editors conclude, is “ultimately a mirror image of Jewish self-understanding as a marginalized group through history.” The essay by Ackerman-Lieberman illuminates the role of the dog in Jewish life in the classical Islamic world.
 

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Cheiten *71’s Queen Jane premieres at Hamilton Murray Theater

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Phoenix Gonzalez ’11 plays Queen Jane and Aaron Gaines plays her husband, Guilford, in Marvin Cheiten *71’s play at Hamilton Murray Theater. (Photo: Courtesy Marvin Cheiten *71)

New work: Queen Jane, a play by Marvin Harold Cheiten *71, premiers tomorrow in Princeton. The play stars Phoenix Gonzalez ’11 in the title role, is directed by Dan Berkowitz ’70, and is stage-managed by Alexandra Mannix ’12. Ben Schaffer ’11 is the set designer.

 
Dates and location: August 16, 17, 18, 23, and 24 at 8 p.m. August 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. in the Hamilton Murray Theater on Princeton’s campus.
 
The playwright and director: Cheiten, who lives in Princeton, premieres a new play nearly every summer at Hamilton Murray Theater, collaborating with Berkowitz. Based in California, Berkowitz is a playwright; director and producer of plays, musicals, and cabaret revues; and co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. Among Cheiten’s plays have been Zenobia, Miss Connections, Touching a Goddess, and Oh Deer!! Queen Jane is Cheiten’s 10th play produced at the theater.
 

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Princetonian-produced Half opens at the New York Fringe Festival

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Becca Foresman ’10 as the maid and Adam Zivkovic ’11 as the valet in Half. (Photo: Dominique Salerno)

New work: The play Half — written by Becca Foresman ’10; starring Foresman and Adam Zivkovic ’11; directed by Cara Tucker ’12; and staged managed by Christina Henricks ’13 — is being performed at the New York International Fringe Festival this month.

 
Location and dates: August 10 (at noon), 13 (at 4:30 p.m.), 17 (at 9 p.m.), 21 (at 4:45 p.m.), and 22 (at 9:30 p.m.), at the Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th Street, in Manhattan’s East Village.
 
The artists: An assistant to the poetry editor at The New Yorker, Foresman has performed with the Pig Iron Company and Ensemble Dance Company, and does improv. Zivkovic is an actor, dancer, and choreographer who has appeared with De Funes Dance, Ensemble Dance, and Sightline Theater. A director, playwright, and producer, Tucker has worked with New Paradise Laboratories, The Riot Group, and McCarter Theatre. Henricks was vice president of Princeton University Players and stage-managed musicals and works of Shakespeare at Princeton.
 

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Ray ’94 exhibits Hurricane Sandy photographs

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Boardwalk on Mini-Cooper, Rockaway Beach, N.Y., October 2012, Chromogenic Print, Susannah Ray (Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Benrubi Gallery)

New work: “What Are the Wild Waves Saying,” an exhibition of 14 photographs by Susannah Ray ’94 with audio by Jen Poyant

 
Location and dates: Bonni Benrubi Gallery, 41 East 57 Street, New York City, July 18-Sept. 7.
 
The artist: Ray, who lives in Rockaway Beach, Queens, N.Y., began photographing landscapes as a student at Princeton. Later, she began to see landscape photography “as a kind of geography, a visual rendering of the complicated nexus of geology, history, and ideology.” Ray collaborated with Poyant, a fellow Rockaway resident and WNYC senior producer, on “What Are the Wild Waves Saying.”
 

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Bowles ’84 collects ideas on activist theater

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Norma Bowles ’84 (Photo: Courtesy Norma Bowles ’84)

New book: Staging Social Justice: Collaborating to Create Activist Theatre, edited by Norma Bowles ’84 and Daniel-Raymond Nadon (Southern Illinois University Press)

 
The editors: Bowles is the founding artistic director of Fringe Benefits, a theater company that collaborates with schools and communities to create plays that promote dialogue around diversity and discrimination issues. She teaches acting and theater and social change at Loyola Marymount University. Bowles also is the first recipient of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s award for leadership in community-based theater and civic engagement. Nadon is an associate professor of theater and LGBT studies at Kent State University.
 
The book: The 28 essays in this anthology describe the collaborative methods for developing scripts for activist theater and the impact Fringe Benefits plays have had on participants, audiences, and communities. The contributors — artists, activists, and scholars involved with the theater company — share their experiences addressing social justice issues through theater and offer ideas for creating that kind of work. They also reflect on community building, activism and empowerment, aesthetics and ethics, and “safe space.”
 

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A rare book is given in honor of Shirley Tilghman

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Curator of Rare Books Stephen Ferguson shows Shirley Tilghman a book owned by Jonathan Dickinson. (Photo: John J. Blazejewski)

The Princeton University Library has added another rare book to its collection — thanks to the Friends of the Princeton University Library, which made a gift in honor of outgoing President Shirley Tilghman on June 20. The book was owned by the first president of the College of New Jersey, Jonathan Dickinson. The text, Tactica Sacra (translated from the Latin into English: Sacred Strategies), by John Arrowsmith, is a “manual for the spiritual warrior.”

Riener ’06 choreographs new dance in NYC

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Silas Riener ’06 in r e v e a l (Photo: Michael Williams theImagista)

New work: r e v e a l, a new site-specific dance work by Silas Riener ’06 in collaboration with Rashaun Mitchell and Cori Kresge, is part of the River to River Festival and Water Street Pops! in Lower Manhattan

 
The artist: A former Merce Cunnigham company dancer, Riener and his partner and collaborator Rashaun Mitchell were listed in Dance Magazine’s 25 to watch list in 2013.
 

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Skover ’74 explores the Beat Generation

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New book: Mania: The Story of the Outraged and Outrageous Lives That Launched a Cultural Revolution, by David M. Skover ’74 and Ronald K.L. Collins (Top Five Books)

 
The authors: Skover is the Fredric C. Tausend Professor of Constitutional Law at Seattle University. Collins is the Harold S. Shefelman Scholar at the University of Washington Law School. They have written together for nearly 30 years and have coauthored The Trials of Lenny Bruce, The Death of Discourse, and On Dissent: Its Meaning in America — published this month by Cambridge University Press.
 
The book: The authors tell the story of the lives and adventures of the group of artists known as the Beats — among them Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, and William S. Burroughs. They examine how these writers remade their generation and inspired others.
 

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Plater ’65 tells the story of the snail darter Supreme Court case

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Zygmunt J.B. Plater ’65 (Photo: Suzi Camarata)

New book: The Snail Darter and the Dam: How Pork-Barrel Politics Endangered a Little Fish and Killed a River, by Zygmunt J.B. Plater ’65 (Yale University Press)

 
The author: A law professor at Boston College Law School, Plater was petitioner and lead counsel in the Tennessee Valley Authority Tellico Dam Case. After the Exxon-Valdez disaster, he chaired Alaska’s Oil Spill Commission Legal Task Force.
 
The book: Thirty years ago Plater and his students at the University of Tennessee fought and won a Supreme Court case that pitted embattled Tennessee farmers against a “very dubious” federal dam project. They used the snail darter, a small fish, and the Endangered Species Act to save a threatened river. The media and critics ridiculed the case as environmentalism run amok. But he aims to set the record straight. The plan for the dam was flawed from the start, he argues. The citizens who fought it were not “wild-eyed environmentalists, but rather family farmers, most of whose lands were being condemned by the federal agency so they could be transferred to a Fortune 500 corporation for resale,” he writes. Despite the Supreme Court ruling, the dam eventually was completed.
 

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Maisel ’84 photographs environmentally impacted sites

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David Maisel ’84 (Photo Courtesy: David Maisel ’84)

New book: Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime, by David Maisel ’84 (Steidl)

The author: Maisel is a San Francisco-based photographer. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among others.

The book: The more than 100 photographs of aerial landscapes in Black Maps capture environmentally impacted sites, including mines, clear-cut forests, drying lakes, power plans, and sprawl.

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The Lake Project 20 (Photo: David Maisel/INSTITUTE)

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American Mine (Carlin NV2) (Photo: David Maisel/INSTITUTE)

 

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Isleib ’75 releases another food critic mystery

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Roberta Isleib ’75 (Photo: Ruthanna Terrerri)

New book: Topped Chef, by Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib ’75) (Obsidian)

 
The author: A clinical psychologist turned murder-mystery writer, Roberta Isleib has written a golf mystery series — featuring a professional golfer and a sports psychologist — and an advice column mystery series — featuring an advice columnist and a psychologist. Working under the pen name Lucy Burdettte, Isleib has created a food-critic mystery series — Topped Chef is the third installment.
 
The book: Hayley Snow, a food critic for Key Zest, a style magazine in Key West, Fla., finds herself in another murder investigation. When Hayley is lined up to judge the reality TV cooking show Key West Topped Chef — whose winner could become a cooking show star — she finds that a fellow judge is the owner of a restaurant that she recently panned in a review. When the owner winds up dead, Hayley tries to solve the case before she becomes the next victim. 
 

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Nader ’55 tells you so

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New Book: Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns, by Ralph Nader ’55, introduction by Jim Hightower (Seven Stories Press)

 
The author: An activist, lawyer, and author, Nader has founded a number of public interest groups, including Public Citizen, the Center for Auto Safety, the Pension Rights Center, and the Center for Study of Responsive Law. Time and Life magazines honored him as one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century.
 
The book: In this collection of more than 300 columns that Nader has written — some going back to the 1970s — he discusses problems facing society, including the consequences of corporate abuses and power, the effects of “rampant commercialism and its subjugation of civic values,” threats to civil rights and liberties and to public health “stemming from a failed healthcare system,” and the erosion of workers rights. He also looks at citizens who took action to achieve social change.
 

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MacKay ’63 explores life of Wall Street criminal

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Malcolm MacKay ’63 (Photo Courtesy: Malcolm MacKay ’63)

New book: Impeccable Connections: The Rise and Fall of Richard Whitney, by Malcolm MacKay ’63 (Brick Tower Press)

 
The author: MacKay is a lawyer and businessman. As a boy and young man he knew Whitney after he had served time in prison. MacKay is the author and co-author of several Brooklyn histories and has contributed to The New York Times Magazine and Business Week.
 
The book: Richard Whitney was a successful bond broker and long-time president of the New York Stock Exchange. He argued against federal regulation of the securities industry and in 1934 appeared on the cover of Time magazine. But his life came crashing down when in 1938 he was shipped off to Sing Sing for embezzling his clients’ securities. “I have thought about Richard Whitney, and why he did what he did, all my life,” writes MacKay. “This book tells his story.”
 

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Rawlins *97 explores a forgotten beach-house architect

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Christopher Rawlins *97 (Photo: Megan Greenlee)

New book: Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction, by Christopher Bascom Rawlins *97, foreword by Alastair Gordon (Metropolis Books/Gordon DeVries Studio)

 
The author: Rawlins is the principal of Rawlins Design, a New York-based architecture and interiors firm. His projects include beach houses and midcentury modernist restorations. He also has taught architectural design at Lehigh University.
 
The book: The author rented a beach house designed by Horace Gifford for himself and set out to find out about the career of an architect who had been largely forgotten. Fire Island Modernist examines Gifford, who died in 1992 of AIDS, and the houses he designed in the 1960s and 1970s on New York’s Fire Island, a narrow strip of land 31 miles long. Gifford “perfected a sustainable modernism in cedar and glass, as attuned to natural landscapes as our animal natures,” wrote Rawlins.
 

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Romeo ’03 pens comic romance

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Lia Romeo ’03 (Photo Courtesy: Lia Romeo)

New book: Dating the Devil, by Lia Romeo ’03 (Bell Bridge Books)

 
The author: A playwright, Romeo has co-authored the humorous book 11,002 Things to Be Miserable About, and has written the plays Hungry — a comedy that deals with a high-school girl’s struggles with body issues and boy problems — and Green Whales, a romantic comedy about a philosophy professor who suffers from a genetic disorder that makes her look like a teenager and a man with pedophiliac tendencies. Dating the Devil is Romeo’s debut novel.
 
The book: The main character of this comic romance is Lucy, a 26-year-old public-relations assistant in New York, living in a small apartment with two good friends who are stunning and successful. After being dumped by her boyfriend, Lucy dates lots of guys — who have been underwhelming — and she is almost ready to give up on meeting someone special. Until she meets Lewis — he’s tall, handsome, and nearly perfect — though he sometimes tries to get her to do things she shouldn’t. Then she realizes that there’s a problem … he’s the devil.
 

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New musical apps that are soothing and fun

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Miriama Young ’07 and the icon for her Hushabye app. (Photos Courtesy: Miriama Young ’07)

Two Princeton musicians recently have launched apps for children — one to calm them and another to teach them. Miriama Young ’07, a composer and musicologist in Sydney, Australia, has created an app to soothe babies and help them to fall asleep. Inspired by her own newborn that suffered from colic and cried constantly, the Hushabye app provides the kind of sounds that helped her child — white noise, heartbeat, and gentle singing. With Young’s app, the user can create her own mix of real heartbeat, water sounds, and her own lullaby.

 
A concert pianist and piano teacher in New York City, Donna Weng Friedman ’80 has come up with a fun way to introduce young children to classical music. She has designed interactive apps  — Music Bee Club apps — that feature original children’s stories inspired by masterpieces. The first of three apps, The Flight of the Bumble Bee, was released in April.
 

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