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Asia on my Mind

Sally Hovey Wriggins ’44 is the author of Asia on My Mind: From Ceylon to the Silk Road—A Memoir (Outskirts Press, 2008). Described as “engaging and insightful,” Sally’s story grew out of the decades she spent in Asia. In the memoir, she describes her curiosity about the historical development of Buddhism, the opening up of China, and the identity politics of South Asia. Additionally, she includes “fascinating, penetrating, and often humorous” views of her travel through Burma and her study of the Chinese monk-scholar-pilgrim Xuanzang. Sally is the first Westerner and the first woman to walk extensively in the footsteps of Xuanzang, The memoir follows The Silk Road Journey with Xuanzang (Westview Press 2003). For more about her work, visit wherebooksbegin.com/websites/Sally-Wriggins/.

In February, Mason Gaffney ’48 published “Corporations, Democracy, and the U. S. Supreme Court,” in Counterpunch, “a red rag that I hope modern Reedies devour as avidly as we did PM and The People’s Lobby Bulletin in our times.” The article can also be read at Mason’s website, www.masongaffney.org. Another article, “The Hidden Taxable Capacity of Land: Enough and to Spare,” published in International Journal of Social Economics, has been chosen as an Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2010.

All This for a Song

Norm Cohen ’58 published All This for a Song (University of North Carolina, 2009), the second volume in the Southern Folklife Collection’s Vernacular Music Reference Shelf. This volume gathers together an important collection of 16 case studies, originally published between 1895 and 2003, demonstrating the variety of approaches scholars have used in studying and analyzing American traditional songs and ballads, and also includes an extensive bibliography of more than 1,000 song, ballad, and tune studies published from the mid-19th century to the early 21st.

John Friedman ‘60 is the author of Brueghel’s Heavy Dancers: Transgressive Clothing, Class, and Culture in the Late Middle Ages (Syracuse University Press, 2010). He and his wife, Kristen Figg, moved to Columbus, Ohio, after attending the 50th class reunion at Reed during Reunions ’10 in June.

Mine

Lin Sten ’67 has written Mine, a novel (CreateSpace, 2010). Selena Castillo publicly claims to be an extraterrestrial. Is it a joke, a delusion, a gimmick, or a reality? Tony Sturgess must believe that Selena’s claim is only a publicity stunt, or that she is insane, as he falls in love with her, because he still struggles with the racism of his white-supremacist childhood; otherwise, he is certainly the right talent agent to exploit the gimmick, despite her radical environmentalism. Professor Hal Bronson, on the other hand, is desperate to believe Selena’s claim after he is labeled a crackpot for hypothesizing that the SETI silence is due to a global technological catastrophe that every advancing civilization must face: she might be a witness. But if Earth is to be saved, for whom will it be? Through humor, romance, and suspense, Mine entertains while its human characters resolve a case of mistaken insanity.

Bai Ganyo: Incredible Tales of a Modern Bulgaria

Bai Ganyo: Incredible Tales of a Modern Bulgaria (University of Wisconsin, 2010), by Aleko Konstantinov, was edited by Victor Friedman ’70, who also served as a translator. Written in 1895, Bai Ganyo is a comic classic of world literature, which follows the misadventures of rose-oil salesman Ganyo Balkanski (“Bai” is a Bulgarian title of intimate respect) as he travels in Europe. Victor is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

An essay by Matthew Kangas ’71, “When Painting Became Sculpture: 3 American Art Critics and the Virginia Bagley Wright Collection,” was published this spring in artdish magazine. In the article, Matthew explores the historical context of the works featured in the exhibition Big is Better, recently on view at Seattle’s Wright Exhibition Space. He notes the critical influences and impulses the Wrights had on shaping and building their collection when they lived in New York and explains how their collection extended their own influence on contemporary art appreciation in the Pacific Northwest since the ’60s–’70s. We look forward to announcing his book Maria Frank Abrams: Burning Forest, about an artist and Holocaust survivor living in Seattle.

Birth of African American Poetry

Lauri Ramey ’74 has published Slave Songs and the Birth of African American Poetry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), a completely revised edition of her original hardback text (2008), which was the first major literary study in recent times to address the spirituals as lyric poetry and to argue that they deserve a foundational place in the American poetry canon. The new edition is oriented towards a greatly expanded audience.

Planet Barbecue!

Steven Raichlen ’75 has a new book, Planet Barbecue! 309 Recipes, 60 Countries, an Electrifying Journey around the World’s Barbecue Trail (Workman Publishing, 2010). Described as his most ambitious book yet, Planet Barbecue! features the “tastiest, most tantalizing, easy-to-make, and guaranteed-to-wow recipes” from every corner of the globe. In addition to his publications, Steven has produced the third season of his show, Primal Grill, and his PBS series Barbecue University at the Greenbrier is now available on DVD. For more details, visit www.barbecuebible.com.

Detroit Disassembled

Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore, was edited by Barbara Tannenbaum ’75 and co-published by the Akron Art Museum and Damiani. The book has been widely reviewed, including in T, the New York Times style magazine, in April.

The Glorious World Cup

David Henry Sterry ’78 is coauthor of The Glorious World Cup: A Fanatic’s Guide (NAL Trade, 2010). David writes, “I am very proud of this book. In the end, it’s not really about soccer. It’s about this mad passion that makes us fully human, that unites people from every corner of the globe. And I was lucky enough to work with Alan Black, an amazing writer and partner, and that most dangerous of individuals, a man who moved to Berkeley, California, because he was too angry to live in Scotland. It also has what I think is quite a brilliant visual component, put together by truly amazing artist Kim Gledhill. We really wanted to make it an homage to those old-time guidebooks that Alan and I grew up reading when we were kids. Only sharp and dark, as we like it. We were lucky enough to draft some amazing players for our team; Simon Kuper, soccer brain extraordinaire; Po Bronson, soccer fanatic par excellence; and Irvine Welsh, internationally renowned soccer junkie.”

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen

Mika Ono ’85, of San Diego, California, is thrilled that her new book, Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen: Recipes from the East for Health, Healing, and Long Life (DaCapo Lifelong Books), authored with Dr. Yuan Wang and Warren Sheir, has been selected as a winner by the 2010 International Book Awards. Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen provides an introduction to the ancient tradition of Chinese medicine and shows how easy it can be to tap into the 3,000-year-old secrets of East Asian herbal cooking. See www.ancientwisdommodernkitchen.com.

Heidegger and Logic

Greg Shirley ’86 is the author of Heidegger and Logic: The Place of Lógos in Being and Time (Continuum, 2010). In Heidegger and Logic, Greg examines Heidegger’s writings on logic in the Being and Time era and argues that Heidegger does not seek to discredit logic, but to determine its scope and explain its foundations. The book is described as a comprehensive and breakthrough study, which will put to rest the tendency to identify Heidegger as an irrationalist.

Saints & Cannibals

The latest book of poetry, Saints & Cannibals, by Christine Hamm ’87, is just out from Plain View Press. Saints & Cannibals investigates themes of transcendence, madness, and motherhood. The first section, “Saints,” explores the struggles of two generations of women with femininity, relationships, and the self. Claire is diagnosed with schizophrenia, but her visions may be evidence of sainthood. In the second section, “Cannibals,” mothers and children, women and wolves, attempt to provide for themselves while nurturing others in the dark world of fairy tales.

Cottage and Cabin

Cottage and Cabin, by Linda Leigh Paul ’87, MALS ’95, is available at bookstores in early September. Rizzoli/Universe published this anthology of five of Linda’s early books (2000–07), which includes many Pacific Northwest vacation homes.

The Artists of Willamette Heights II

Lance Funston ’90 and partner Jan Hudson published The Artists of Willamette Heights II, which catalogs the works of 35 new and established artists in a unique enclave of artistic expression on the edge of Forest Park. Order the book through Lance and Jan’s Design Alchemy Studio, designalchemystudio.com.

Another Science Fiction

Megan Shaw Prelinger ’90 has published her first book, Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race 1957–1962 (Blast Books, 2010). The inspiration for the book, she told the Oregonian in May, came from browsing through magazines such as Aviation Week and Missiles and Rockets, which are part of the extensive materials that she and her husband, Rick, have collected for the Prelinger Library (www.prelingerlibrary.org), but the subject itself reflects her ongoing fascination with the history of space and science fiction. Megan selected 200 aerospace industry ads from the late ’50s and early ’60s that promoted the industry’s future capability in fantastical, colorful visions aimed at luring young engineers into their booming workforce.

Stars Above, Earth Below

Because of the rise of urban lighting, a view of the Milky Way overhead is now as rare as the view of glaciers, geysers, and grizzly bears that draws visitors to America’s national parks. Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks, by Tyler Nordgren ’91, released by Springer/Praxis, is intended to show park visitors what they can see, what it means, and how it’s related to the wider world around them through geology, history, philosophy, and art.

Beautiful Visualization

Noah Iliinsky ’95 had a great time as the technical editor of and a contributor to Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data through the Eyes of Experts, published this year by O’Reilly Media. He blogs at ComplexDiagrams.com and tweets at @noahi.

A/V A to Z

Wendy Belt Wallace ’97 edited and also contributed to the dictionary A/V A to Z: An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Media, Entertainment and Other Audiovisual Terms (McFarland, 2010). Defining more than 10,000 words and phrases from everyday slang to technical terms and concepts, this dictionary of the audiovisual language embraces more than 50 subject areas within film, television, and home entertainment. The definitions are augmented by more than 600 illustrations, 1,600 etymologies, and nearly 2,000 encyclopedic entries that provide illuminating anecdotes, historical perspective, and clarifying details that might be missed by a more traditional dictionary.

Notes from the Night: A Life after Dark

Notes from the Night: A Life after Dark, by Taylor Plimpton ’99, was published this summer by Broadway Books. Taylor is “both an unlikely clubber and a likely seeker—a little bumbling and somewhat aloof, often naïve and unusually erudite.” Part participant, part observer, he presents a humorous and insightful look at the absurdity of human behavior as he chronicles the wonder and possibility of the night in Manhattan’s exclusive club scene. Taylor is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City.

Recent releases by Elyse Fenton ’03 include the poetry collection Clamor (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2010), which was selected by D.A. Powell as the winner of Cleveland State Poetry Center’s First Book Award. Written in part while her husband was deployed as a medic in Baghdad, the poems in Clamor “marry with lyric ferocity” the personal and the political in an examination of language and love in 21st-century wartime.

Claire Trageser ’05 wrote her first feature-length magazine story, “Transcendental Steps (Or How I Learned to Love Running without an iPod),” in the May issue of Runner’s World. To write the story, she traveled to a remote Buddhist retreat in Colorado to meet a revered Tibetan lama who occasionally ditches his flowing yellow monk robes to run three-hour marathons.

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