Amherst Magazine

Short Takes

Compiled by Katherine Duke '05

The Accomplices. Music by The Accomplices (John Morris and Scott Haycock ’86). St. Louis: Perdition Records, 2006. 45 minutes. $14 CD.
Morris and Haycock met in graduate school and began performing at guitar circles and open mic nights around St. Louis. For their eponymous album, Haycock sings lead and shares writing duties with Morris. The disc—a blend of country, folk, rock and other styles—features guest appearances by some two dozen St. Louis musicians.

Block Island: Rhode Island’s Jewel. Photographs by Malcolm Greenaway ’60. Beverly, Mass: Commonwealth Editions, 2007. 128 pp. $50 hardcover.
Greenaway and his wife honeymooned on Block Island and found it so enchanting that, in 1974, they moved there. Greenaway gave up a career as a philosophy professor to spend his life capturing in photographs the island’s beaches, boats, lighthouses and homes, eventually opening his own gallery. This volume includes 80 color images.

Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man. By Jessica Bruder ’00. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007. 352 pp. $28.95 hardcover.
For eight days every September, tens of thousands converge on the playa of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for Burning Man, a festival of music, art and community named for the enormous human effigy that the revelers set ablaze. Bruder, a reporter for The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., has assembled images from 20 years of the event. The collection, which includes her own photographs, shows quirky sculptures, customized buses and “burners” wearing costumes or nothing at all.

Franklin Evans or The Inebriate: A Tale of the Times. By Walt Whitman; edited by Christopher Castiglia ’83 and Glenn Hendler. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2007. 147 pp. $21.95 paperback; $74.95 cloth.
Whitman’s biggest success during his lifetime was his only novel, Franklin Evans (1842), the story of a young man looking to strike it rich in New York City. Through Franklin’s drunken mishaps, Whitman shows the reader a city and nation facing moral crises and turbulent changes. Also in this volume, the editors include an extensive introduction; a short story and a fragment of a second novel by Whitman, both on the temperance movement; and an address on temperance by Abraham Lincoln. Castiglia is a professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.

The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow that Changed the Course of World War II. By Andrew Nagorski ’69. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007. 384 pp. $27 hardcover.
A bestselling author, foreign correspondent and senior editor at Newsweek International, Nagorski draws from survivors’ eyewitness accounts and previously secret documents to describe the 1941-42 battle for Moscow. This turning point of the war cost a staggering number of lives, prompted the United States to throw its support behind the Soviets and brought Hitler his first defeat.

Ignition: What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement. Edited by Jonathan Isham and Sissel Waage ’91. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2007, 285 pp. $18.95 paperback.
Can individual citizens help to end the world’s dependence on fossil fuels and ensure a green future? In Ignition, dozens of environmental scholars and activists provide instructions on how to do just that. Waage is an independent consultant on sustainability issues in North America, Europe and Africa.

Making Psychotherapy Work: Collaborating Effectively with Your Patient. By Steven A. Frankel M.D. ’64, Madison, Conn.: Psychosocial Press, 2007. 351 pp. $47 paperback.
What is the key to success in psychotherapy? In his third book, the author explains his method, which is built upon a deep, cooperative connection between therapist and patient. Frankel is an associate clinical professor at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco and director of The Center for Collaborative Psychology and Psychiatry in Kentfield, Calif.

Nation Building in South Korea. By Greg Brazinsky ’94. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 2007. 328 pp. $45 hardcover.
Brazinsky, an assistant professor of history at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, describes how, during the Cold War, South Koreans took U.S. political and cultural influences and successfully adapted them to their own country’s needs and goals.

What is Neurotheology? By Brian C. Alston ’86. Charleston, S.C.: Booksurge, 2007. 61 pp. $12.99 paperback.
Everyone holds certain beliefs about morality, politics, the natural world and the supernatural. As Alston explains, neurotheology unites perspectives from many disciplines to investigate how the brain and mind generate, mediate, experience and interpret these beliefs. The author holds degrees from Hartford Seminary and Boston University School of Theology and is currently working toward a doctorate in clinical psychology from Argosy University.