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Metropolitan Stories: A Novel


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Christine Coulson MA ’93. Other Press, October 2019. Available on Amazon. A surreal love letter to this private side of the Met, Metropolitan Stories unfolds in a series of amusing and poignant vignettes in which we discover larger-than-life characters, the downside of survival, and the powerful voices of the art itself. The result is a novel bursting … Continue reading “Metropolitan Stories: A Novel”


When There Is Peace: An Armistice Oratorio


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By Zachary Wadsworth, Assistant Professor of Music. Available on iTunes. Told in the words of Great War-era poets and the found writings of infantrymen in the trenches, When There Is Peace draws the listener in to experience the journey from war through that tenuous moment when word of the Armistice first broke, and finally to … Continue reading “When There Is Peace: An Armistice Oratorio”


My City of Dreams


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Lisa Gruenberg ’76. TidePool Press, August 2019. In this memoir, Lisa Gruenberg not only records her own life, but also that of relatives long lost to darkness, terror, and murder. In dreamlike sequences she weaves known facts of the lives of those lost into tableaus of imagined family dinners, conversations and leisure activities set in … Continue reading “My City of Dreams”


The Long Public Life of a Short Private Poem


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By Peter Murphy, John Hawley Roberts Professor of English. Stanford University Press, August 2019. Thomas Wyatt didn’t publish “They Flee from Me.” It was written in a notebook, maybe abroad, maybe even in prison. Today it is in every poetry anthology. How did it survive? That is the story Peter Murphy tells—in vivid and compelling … Continue reading “The Long Public Life of a Short Private Poem”


The Assault on American Excellence


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By Anthony Kronman ’68. Available on Amazon. Free Press, August 2019. Kronman makes the argument that to graduate as good citizens, college students have to be tested in a system that isn’t wholly focused on being good to them.


Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America’s Public Lands


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By John Clayton ’85. Pegasus Books, August 2019. Available on Amazon. John Muir, the most famous naturalist in American history, protected Yosemite, co-founded the Sierra Club, and is sometimes called the Father of the National Parks. A poor immigrant, self-taught, individualistic, and skeptical of institutions, his idealistic belief in the spiritual benefits of holistic natural … Continue reading “Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America’s Public Lands”


College Admissions Cracked: Saving Your Kid (and Yourself) from the Madness


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By Jill Shulman ’87. Little, Brown Spark, August 2019. Available on Amazon. Jill Margaret Shulman, a college admissions coach, application evaluator, college writing instructor, essayist, author, and empathetic parent, guides you through the entire crazy ritual that college admissions has become, month by month, breath by deep, cleansing breath, until you drop your kid off … Continue reading “College Admissions Cracked: Saving Your Kid (and Yourself) from the Madness”


Cultivating Copyright: How Creators and Creative Industries Can Harness Intellectual Property to Survive the Digital Age


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By Bhamati Viswanathan ’86. Routledge, July 2019. Available on Amazon. Creators and creative industries are struggling to navigate the digital age. Intellectual property rights, including copyrights, trademarks, and patents, offer invaluable tools to help creative industries remain viable and sustainable. But to be fully effective, they must be considered as part of a greater ecosystem. … Continue reading “Cultivating Copyright: How Creators and Creative Industries Can Harness Intellectual Property to Survive the Digital Age”


Free Will, Responsibility, and Crime: An Introduction


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Ken Levy ’91. Routledge, July 2019. Available on Amazon. In his book, philosopher and law professor Ken Levy explains why he agrees with most people, but not with most other philosophers, about free will and responsibility. Most people believe that we have both―that is, that our choices, decisions, and actions are neither determined nor undetermined … Continue reading “Free Will, Responsibility, and Crime: An Introduction”


The Place of the Viewer


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By Kerr Houston ’92. BRILL, June 2019. Available on Amazon. In The Place of the Viewer, Kerr Houston offers a detailed chronological overview of art historians’evolving attempts to account for the physical position of the viewer in discussing works of art.