Amherst Magazine

Short Takes

Compiled by Katherine Duke ’05

ASH, inc. By Michael Huey ’87 (Song Song/Schlebrügge)
This catalog of Huey’s photos and other art objects accompanied his exhibition at the Song Song gallery in Vienna in January and February 2009.

The Atheon. Installation by Jonathon Keats ’94 (Judah L. Magnes Museum)
In Keats’ modern-art installation, on display earlier this year, the Magnes Museum building in Berkeley, Calif., served as a secular temple devoted to scientific worship. Keats patterned the Atheon’s stained-glass windows after satellite data from NASA and composed a canon out of the sounds pulsating through this universe and several hypothetical universes.

Ballet’s Magic Kingdom: Selected Writings on Dance in Russia, 1911-1925. By Akim Volynsky. Trans­lated, edited and with an introduction and notes by Professor of Russian and Henry Steele Commager Professor Stanley J. Rabinowitz (Yale University Press)
Rabinowitz provides the first English translation of the works of Volynsky (1861-1926), St. Petersburg’s most prolific and influential ballet critic. The volume landed a Jan. 25, 2009, review on the front page of The New York Times Book Review.

Barthé: A Life in Sculpture. By Margaret Rose Vendryes ’84 (University Press of Mississippi)
Vendryes’ book presents the life and art of Richmond Barthé (1909-89), the first African-American to earn critical acclaim as a modern sculptor.

The Heart in the Age of Shakespeare. By William W. E. Slights ’61 (Cambridge University Press)
Slights discusses how Renaissance playwrights, painters, sculptors, lyricists, scientists and religious thinkers understood the heart not just as a blood-pumping organ but also as the metaphorical instrument of human emotion, virtue and relationships.

Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered. By Woody Tasch ’73 (Chelsea Green)
Tasch promotes an alternative financial system based on local agriculture.

The Magic Uniform. By Josh Mora ’92 and Allison Mora (Chicago Blackhawk Charities)
This children’s picture book, written by Josh Mora and illustrated by his wife, Allison, is about a young hockey fan who tries to help his favorite team by wearing his “magic uniform.”

The Moon in Deep Winter. By Lee Polevoi ’74 (Casa­grande Press)
Polevoi’s first novel follows Parker Sloane as he returns to the woods of New England and to the dangerously dysfunctional family from which he’s estranged.

New York. By David Rimmer ’71 (Samuel French)
This play combines comedy and drama as it shows the effects of the Sept. 11 attacks on the lives of ordinary New Yorkers.

Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage Generation Y. By Bruce Tulgan ’89 (Jossey-Bass)
Tulgan advises employers on how best to tap the potential of workers born between 1978 and 1990—whom he calls “the most high-maintenance workforce in the history of the world.”

Resurrecting Hebrew. By Ilán Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture and Five College 40th Anniversary Professor (Shocken)
Stavans studies the life and mission of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, who, at the end of the 19th century, revived Hebrew to make it the national language of what is now Israel.

The Source: Unleash Your Natural Energy, Power Up Your Health, and Feel 10 Years Younger. By Woodson Merrell ’70, M.D., with Kathleen Merrell (Free Press)
This book includes quizzes, yoga postures, recipes and more.

Terrestrial Energy: How Nuclear Power Will Lead the Green Revolution and End America’s Energy Odyssey. By William Tucker ’64 (Bartleby Press)
Nuclear power is cleaner and safer than most Americans believe, argues Tucker, who weighs nuclear power’s benefits and challenges against those of other energy sources.

Waves of Decolonization: Discourses of Race and Hemispheric Citizenship in Cuba, Mexico, and the United States. By David Luis-Brown ’89 (Duke University Press)
Luis-Brown examines the work of writers who, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, developed theories and narratives of freedom and equality that have resonated worldwide.

When Law Fails: Making Sense of Miscarriages of Justice. Edited by Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, and Charles J. Ogletree Jr. (New York University Press)
In 10 original essays for the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute Series on Race and Justice, Sarat and Ogletree discuss the broader legal questions raised by cases in which American citizens have been convicted of crimes, only to be exonerated years later by DNA evidence.