Amherst Magazine

Short Takes

Compiled by Katherine Duke ’05 

Common Kitchen (commonkitchen.com). By Parker Morse ’96 and Noah Smith. 2007.
This Website, designed as a “global index for recipes from all sources, online and in print,” invites members, who join for free, to browse, rate and discuss recipes and add to the collection. The site also features restaurant menus and reviews.

Far-Away Places: Lessons in Exile. By Howard R. Wolf ’58. Jerusalem and New York: Artzy Books, 2007. 191 pp. $21.95 hardcover.
In this essay collection, Wolf writes about teaching and living overseas, including in Turkey, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong, South Africa and Finland. The book includes several mentions of Amherst. Wolf is a professor of English and senior fellow at the State University of New York in Buffalo.

Feel Better Now Yoga. With Gary Halperin ’89. Sarasota, Fla.: Osko Production, 2007. 52 minutes. $15.99 DVD.
Halperin began practicing Kripalu yoga shortly after graduating from Amherst. This DVD features a yoga class taught by Halperin, a certified instructor, on a Sarasota beach.

Hungry for Paris: The Ultimate Guide to the City’s 102 Best Restaurants. By Alexander Lobrano ’77, with photos by Life magazine’s Bob Peterson. New York: Random House, 2008. 448 pp. $16 paperback.
In this series of essays, Lobrano, the European correspondent for Gourmet magazine, addresses such matters as dining alone, choosing seasonal cuisine and “eating the unspeakable.”
 
International Law Stories. Edited and with essays by John E. Noyes ’73, Laura A. Dickinson and Mark W. Janis. New York: Foundation Press, 2007. $30 paperback.
This book gathers essays on topics including the Nuremberg judgment and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Noyes is a professor at the California Western School of Law in San Diego.

Jewish Identities: Nationalism, Racism, and Uto­pianism in Twentieth-Century Music. By Klára Móricz, the Joseph E. and Grace W. Valentine Visiting Assistant Professor of Music. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 2008. 436 pp. $49.95 hardcover.
Móricz discusses various Russian-Jewish composers, Swiss-American composer Ernest Bloch and Austrian-American composer Arnold Schoenberg.

John Steuart Curry’s Hoover and the Flood: Painting Modern History. By Charles C. Eldredge ’66. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 2007. 86 pp. $29.95 hardcover.
Eldredge uses Curry’s painting of President Hoover directing relief efforts after the 1927 Mississippi River flood to provide a glimpse into U.S. art, journalism and politics in 1940, when Life magazine commissioned the work. Eldredge, a former director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is the Hall Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas.

The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature. By Raphael Dalleo ’98 and Elena Machado Sáez. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. 205 pp. $74.95 hardcover.
The authors, both assistant professors of English at Florida Atlantic University, present the first scholarly examination of the art and politics of post-1960s Latino/a writers including Junot Diaz, Abraham Rodriguez and Julia Alvarez.

Looking Back: A Career in Child Neurology. By John M. Freeman ’54, M.D. Charleston, S.C.: BookSurge, 2007. 478 pp. $23.99 paperback.
This autobiography traces Freeman’s work in pediatric neurology and epilepsy. One chapter, with photographs, is about his years at Amherst.
 
On Brokeback Mountain: Meditations About Masculinity, Fear, and Love in the Story and the Film. By Eric Patterson ’70. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2008. 301 pp. $38.95 paperback.
This book is dedicated to the fictional cowboys in Annie Proulx’s 1997 short story and Ang Lee’s 2005 film. Patterson, an associate professor of English at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, examines the tale and relates it to broader traditions in literature and cinema, and issues of sexuality.
   
Predictocracy: Market Mechanisms for Public and Private Decision Making. By Michael Abramowicz ’94. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2008. 346 pp. $50 hardcover.
“Prediction markets” are speculative markets that assign monetary values to all manner of events—election outcomes, business deals, athletic victories—based on their like­lihood. Abramowicz, a law professor at George Washington University, explains how these markets work.
  
Thinking on Screen: Film as Philosophy. By Thomas E. Wartenberg ’71. New York: Routledge, 2007. 164 pp. $29.95 paperback.
A professor at Mount Holyoke College, Wartenberg ponders such films as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Winners Without Losers: Why Americans Should Care More About Global Economic Policy. By Edward J. Lincoln ’71. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2007. 267 pp.  $27.95 hardcover.
In this book, from the Council on Foreign Relations, Lincoln criticizes what he sees as a U.S. focus on military might as a means to ensure peace and prosperity. Lincoln directs the Center for Japan-U.S. Business and Economic Studies at New York University’s Stern School of Business.