Basics of Clause and Sentence Structure: A Handbook for New and Experienced Writers, by James Wachob ’50, was published by Vantage Press, Inc., this year. Wachob worked for the State Department for 37 years, and, for two decades following retirement, was senior instructor for grammar and writing skills in ESL schools.
Wilfrid Sellars: Fusing the Images, by Jay Rosenberg ’63, was published by Oxford University Press in October.
Elsa Warnick ’64 has illustrated the book, This is What I Pray Today: The Divine Hours Prayers for Children (Dutton, 2007). Warnick was a faculty member at the Portland Children’s Book Conference at Reed in July.
Richard Conviser ’65 served as editor for the August 2007 supplement to Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (Volume 18, No. 3): The Care System Assessment Demonstration Project: A HRSA-Sponsored Effort to Identify and Reach People Living with HIV Who Are Not in Care. He is also the author of one article in the supplement (“Catalyzing System Changes to Make HIV Care More Accessible”) and co-author of four others.
Acting for Singers: Creating Believable Singing Characters, by David Ostwald ’65, was published by Oxford University Press in 2005. The book builds on 35 years of teaching and 47 years of directing—the latter begun “in earnest” while Ostwald was at Reed. “During my four very happy years there, I directed eight plays and a short movie.” (For a glimpse at Ostwald’s teaching career and professional productions after Reed, visit www.davidostwald.com.)
The Violinist, a novel by Robert Kahn ’73, was published by River City Publishers in November. The story concerns a semi-autistic composer, acclaimed for his music, but who struggles “to keep faith and hope in a world he barely understands.” Among his many achievements, Kahn received a master’s degree in performance, in 1976, from the Manhattan School of Music.
Susan L. Silas ’75 contributed a series of photos to Camera Austria (98, 2007), “Helmbrechts walk, 1998–2003.” Silas’ images document the route of a death march of 580 Jewish women, walking from Helmbrechts in Bavaria to Prachatice, in what was then the Sudetenland, in spring 1945. Fifty-three years after this event, Silas re-traced the path of these women. (View or order the magazine online at www.camera-austria.at/
ca_online.cfm.) You may also view the images at Silas’ new website, www.susansilas.com.
Neil Jumonville ’77 has published The New York Intellectuals Reader (Routledge, 2007). Jumonville describes the book as the first anthology of writing by the New York Intellectuals, “an opportunity to reconsider the ideas of some important mid-20th-century liberals and neoconservatives—nearly all of whom began as leftist radicals.” (For a look at his other publications and work, visit http://mailer.fsu.edu/
No Miracle Cures: A Multifactorial Guide to Stuttering Therapy (University College Press, 2006), by Thomas David Kehoe ’82, is now Amazon’s #1 bestseller about stuttering. His new book-in-progress is How Experts Fail: The Patterns and Situations in Which Experts Are Less Intelligent Than Non-Experts. He has set up the new book as a wiki website and encourages Reedies to contribute stories of expert stupidity, especially stories in which a non-expert was right when an expert was wrong. The website is http://howexpertsfail.com.
Blood and Belief: The PKK and the Kurdish Fight for Independence (New York University Press, 2007), by Aliza Marcus ’84, was published in August. Marcus is working for Bloomberg News in Washington, D.C.
Malcolm Friedberg ’89 has published two editions (liberal and conservative) of his book, Why We’ll Win (Sourcebooks, Inc., 2007). The books provide “insight into eight of the most hotly debated social issues,” with an explanation of the law for each (www.whywellwin.com/).
Discovering Black Bears is the fifth published book for Karen Anderson Stephenson ’90 (Dog-Eared Publications, 2007).
A first book, How Taiwan Became Chinese: Dutch, Spanish, and Han Colonization in the Seventeenth Century, by Tonio Andrade ’92, has been released in English e-book (Columbia University Press, 2007). Reedies can sign up for a free copy at www.gutenberg-e.org/andrade.html. The book has been released in Chinese translation in Taiwan, where it is reported to be doing well. Andrade also has a new article out about a “fascinating Chinese guy” who was a trader, a translator, and a traitor: “Chinese under European Rule: The Case of Sino-Dutch Mediator He Bin,” Late Imperial China 28(1) : 1–32. He teaches at Emory and lives in Decatur, Georgia, with his wife, Andrea, and their one-plus-year-old daughter, Amalia.
Laura Miller ’92 is the author of “Powers Behind the Throne: Washington’s Top Political Strategists” in Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy: Corporate PR and the Assault on Democracy, edited by William Dinan and David Miller (Pluto Press, 2007).
Mira Rosenthal ’96 published a book of translations, The Forgotten Keys (Zephyr Press, 2007)—a selection of poems by Polish writer Tomasz Rozycki. Her poetry and translations have recently appeared in the American Poetry Review, AGNI Online, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. Rosenthal and her husband, historian Greg Domber, live in California, where he has a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford.