Love And Labor, by Doris Bailey Murphy ’38, was published by iUniverse in November 2006. Information about Doris’ book came from Lee Charette ’38 and Michael Munk ’56. “I have known Doris for over 70 years from the Reed days until the present,” says Lee. “She has always been a participant, never a mere bystander in the world around her.” In review, author Jonah Raskin praises Doris for the energy and beauty of her story, and for her evident love for life and the written word: “The pages and years fly by—from the Depression and sexual revolution of the ’30s, through WWII, to the present.” Love and Labor includes details about Doris’ years at Reed, and her life with Joe Murphy, labor activist and organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World.
Mason Gaffney ’48, professor of economics at UC Riverside, wrote an op-ed in the Press Enterprise of Riverside, California, in September 2008. The piece was distilled from his essay, The Great Crash of 2008, in which he examines the historical rhythms of boom and bust. “Calm and routine prosperity has never been man’s lot for long,” he writes. “It somehow leads to its own downfall, cycle after cycle.” (See www.masongaffney.org.) He also contributed to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education in September.
Gordon Means ’50, professor emeritus in political science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, has published Political Islam in Southeast Asia (Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., 2009); additional publications include Malaysian Politics: The Second Generation and The Past in Southeast Asia’s Present. Gordon also served as co-editor for the Temiar-English, English-Temiar Dictionary and the Sengoi-English, English-Sengoi Dictionary.
In 2008, Jesse Green ’51 self-published Wrestling with Old Heroes—Again: Fourteen Familiar Letters in Classic American Literature through the Xlibris press. Jesse’s son, Duncan, created the book’s cover design and photography.
A selection by Jane Doar Rondthaler ’55, “Rock Alignments of Death Valley,” appeared in Death Valley History Revealed (Community Printing and Publishing, 2002).
Michael Munk ’56 wrote “The Romance of John Reed and Louise Bryant: New Documents Clarify How They Met,” for the Fall 2008 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly. Sifting through both popular myth and historical fact, he recounts the romantic affair of Reed and Bryant, radical writers and activists from the early 20th century—“one of the most notorious romances to have been born in Oregon.” Michael describes Reed and Bryant’s relationship, beginning with their meeting in Portland in 1915 and ending with Reed’s death in Moscow in 1920, and suggests how such a short-lived relationship could capture and hold onto the public imagination for so long.
Two poems and one prose piece by Carol Lamb ’66 have been included in the anthology Sisters Singing: Blessings, Prayers, Art, Songs, Poetry and Sacred Stories by Women (www.sisterssinging.com), published by Wild Girl Publishing of Santa Cruz, California.
Finding Hope in Despair: Clinical Studies in Infant Mental Health, by Marian Birch MAT ’67, was published by Zero to Three Press in 2008. Sometimes mental health professionals take on cases involving young children and families that end unsuccessfully. These “heartbreaking failures” can leave clinicians feeling confused, despondent, and even angry. Marian examines changes that can affect outcome and offers a much-needed and candid discussion of some of the factors that lead to clinical and therapy failures.
Only the lions knew how her husband died, and they weren’t telling. Or were they? Ann Parker Littlewood ’68 has written her first mystery, Night Kill (Poisoned Pen Press, 2008). The story, based on her 12 years as a zookeeper and set in a fictional Vancouver, Washington, zoo, features a plucky heroine and a great many animals. Night Kill made the bestseller list of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association in September 2008. From ForWord Magazine: “Her mastery of plot and insight into character make one hope there are more to come.” To which Ann replies, “And yes, there are more to come.” (See annlittlewood.com.)
Relocations: Selected Art Essays and Interviews (Midmarch Arts Press, 2008), by Matthew Kangas ’71, is a collection of essays—a blend of art history and art criticism—focused on the artistic heritage of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. A second book, Robert Sperry: Bright Abyss, will be released by the American Museum of Ceramic Art/University of Washington Press soon.
Margot Tollefson-Conard ’73 published the poem “Garden Organically” in the 2008 Lyrical Iowa collection (www.iowapoetry.com/orderbooks.htm). Margot is teaching a course in statistics at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge.
Gardens for Everyone Author’s Edition, by Portland resident Oz Hopkins Koglin ’74, is a collection of poetry written from her perspective as a great-granddaughter of slaves. Oz was born in North Carolina and grew up during the Jim Crow era. She was a community organizer and journalist in St. Louis, and was awarded a fellowship for her community work from the Danforth Foundation. Oz’s byline will be familiar to Portland Reedies—she was a reporter for The Oregonian for three decades. Lisa Steinman, Kenan Professor of English & Humanities at Reed, says the poems are “nourishing, with no wasted words or merely decorative images; the clean language goes straight to the point. Individually or collectively, these are moving poems.” Gardens for Everyone was the honorable mention winner of the Poets Corner Press Chapbook Contest in 2008.
A first novel by David Greenberg ’76, A Tugging String, about the Selma-Montgomery voting rights march of 1965, was published by Dutton/Penguin Group in October 2008. Reviews have been outstanding. David is the author of several children’s books, including Slugs!, Bugs!, Crocs!, The Great School Lunch Rebellion, and Don’t Forget Your Etiquette: The Essential Guide to Misbehavior. His newest book, Enchanted Lions, will be released in the spring.
Jewish Women in Fin de Siècle Vienna, by Alison Rose ’85, was published by the University of Texas in 2008. Despite much study of Viennese culture and Judaism between 1890 and 1914, little research has been done to examine the role of Jewish women in this milieu. Rescuing a lost legacy, Jewish Women in Fin de Siècle Vienna explores the myriad ways in which Jewish women contributed to the development of Viennese culture and participated widely in political and cultural spheres. Alison is adjunct associate professor of history and history coordinator at the University of Rhode Island–Providence.
Since the publication of Tile and Stone (Rizzoli, 1999), Linda Leigh Paul ’87 MALS ’95 has written eight additional books. Her latest, Haciendas of Mexico and the Southwestern U.S., was published in October 2008. Ranches of the West, featuring historically significant and new ranch architecture in Texas, New Mexico, California, Oregon, and Colorado is slated for publication in autumn 2009. (Search Amazon.com to see the list of Linda’s publications.)
A Practical Guide to Sovereign Wealth Funds (Euromoney, 2008), by Adnan Hassan ’88, former senior adviser of the World Bank Group, was selected as the book of the month by Euromoney—one of the largest finance book publishers in Europe. Adnan is chairman & CEO of Mecasa Advisors, LLC, a boutique firm promoting two-way links with the old “Silk Road” and the rest of the world. He also is a non-executive director of a London quantitative hedge fund, a partner in a family-held finance and information holding company, and serves on the board of a U.S. non-profit. He can be reached at email@example.com.
In 2004, Donald Berg ’91 published Attitude First: A Leadership Strategy for Educational Success (Trafford Publishing). He has been developing his website, Teach-Kids-Attitude-1st.com, for over a year now. Most recently, his manifesto, The Attitude Problem in Education, was published on ChangeThiscom.
Endi Bogue Hartigan ’94 received the 2008 Colorado Prize for Poetry for her first book, One Sun Storm (Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University, 2008). Her book was selected for the prize competition by poet Martha Ronk, who describes Endi’s work as enveloping: “Subjects and objects are beautifully combined and confused through repetitions both musical and mysterious; each separate thing helps to form the existence of another. A reader is drawn into a process of thinking—a kind of sifting and sorting—ambitious for the large world that is always beyond one’s grasp.” Endi’s work has appeared in numerous magazines and an anthology. She received her M.F.A. from University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and lives in Portland with her husband and son.
Amanda Danford Williams ’92 has started Le Ton Beau Designs, to cater to the needs of knitters, crocheters, and spinners. She also is happy to announce the publication of her pattern “Versatility” in the fall 2008 issue of Knitty.com. Also published in that issue is the pattern “Oncleows,” by Alexandra Tinsley ’09.
“Damages in Mainland Chinese LP Litigation,” by David Bloch ’93, appeared in the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Litigation newsletter (Summer 2008).
In Reimagining Politics after the Terror (Cornell University, 2008), Andrew Jainchill ’96, assistant professor of history at Queen’s University, rewrites the history of the origins of French Liberalism by telling the story of France’s underappreciated republican movement during the tumultuous years between 1794 and Napoleon’s declaration of a new French Empire in 1804. “Reimagining Politics after the Terror is a splendid, sophisticated, and important contribution to the historiography of 18th-century France, and to our understanding of the origins of modern political thought. Andrew Jainchill marvelously illuminates the history of the late revolutionary period in France and the origins of modern liberalism,” writes humanities professor David A. Bell of the Johns Hopkins University.
The Kissing Bug, an anti-war story for children and adults by Daniel Scott Buck ’98, was published in 2008 by Spunk Goblin Press. Set during World War I, on an old country farm, the story concerns a kingdom of the “creepiest, nastiest, and strangest” of insects called kissing (or assassin) bugs. They are militant, paranoid creatures who enjoy drinking blood from plump caterpillars, baby spiders, and even human lips and eyelids. One bug must keep the secret of his non-conformity.
Bianca Jackson ’00 is co-editor of Defining Moments in History: Over a Century of the People, Discoveries, Disasters, and Political and Cultural Events that Rocked the World (Cassell Illustrated, 2008). Bianca completed her doctorate in English literature at the University of Oxford and is now studying law at the University of Cambridge.
Alex Dickow ’02 has written a bilingual poetry collection, Caramboles, published in France by Argol Editions in October 2008. An English translation of a book review by French poet and critic Jean-Claude Pinson, is available at the author’s website and in French at www.sitaudis.com; an additional French review is at www.poezibao.com. Caramboles may be purchased through www.fnac.com, and in the U.S. through BookPeople of Moscow, Idaho. Alex traveled to Nantes, France, in 2003–04 and there completed a degree in French literature. He is currently pursuing dissertation research devoted to 20th-century French poetry.
Elyse Fenton ’03 is the first-prize winner of the 2008 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry for her poem “Clamor.”