Amherst Magazine

Short Takes

Compiled by Katherine Duke ’05

Realness, or lack thereof, is on the minds of several Amherst authors: Jonathon Keats ’94
presents Forged: Why Fakes Are the Great Art of Our Age (Oxford University Press), while David E. Chinitz ’84 ponders Which Sin to Bear? Authenticity & Compromise in Langston Hughes (Oxford). Donald L. Brown ’86, with Gary S. Chafetz, tells of The Morphine Dream (Bettie Youngs Books) that inspired his path through real life. Also autobiographical are David’s Inferno: My Journey Through the Dark Wood of Depression (Hatherleigh Press), by David Blistein ’74, and the poetry book Eveningtime: Family Roots, Findhorn, and Finding Home—A Personal Journey (self-published), by Robert G. Blakesley ’54. Korean and English sijo poems by David McCann ’66 are gathered in Urban Temple (Changbi Publishers). Robert Bagg ’57 has translated the three plays in Sophocles’ The Oedipus Cycle (Harper Perennial). Dr. Steven A. Frankel ’64 and coauthors shed light on Comprehensive Care for Complex Patients: The Medical-Psychiatric Coordinating Physician Model (Cambridge University Press). James Rooney ’60 introduces us to music’s Bossmen: Bill Monroe & Muddy Waters (JRP Books), and John R. Gillis ’60 shows us the waters of The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History (University of Chicago Press).