Amherst Magazine

Short Takes

Compiled by Katherine Duke ’05

Tom Fels ’67 tells the true Western Mass. tale of Buying the Farm: Peace and War on a Sixties Commune (University of Massachusetts Press). Ben Stoltzfus ’49 whips out Cat O’ Nine Tails (Neo Literati Press), nine stories about felines. Artist Christy Hengst ’89 has sculpted their avian adversaries for LANDINGS: birds in the park (Axle Contemporary Press). Allen Guttmann, the Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of English and American Studies, reports the release of a Chinese translation of his book From Ritual to Record: The Nature of Modern Sports (Beijing Sport University Press). Jonathan F. S. Post ’70 has edited The Selected Letters of Anthony Hecht, a poet (Johns Hopkins University Press). Walter Johnson ’88 guides us down the River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom (Harvard University Press), while Jack Turner ’98 calls for greater awareness of ongoing inequalities in Awakening to Race: Individualism and Social Consciousness in America (University of Chicago Press). Richard Grossinger ’66 gazes into the Dark Pool of Light: The Convergence of Physical, Philosophical, Psychological, Psychospiritual, and Psychic Views (North Atlantic Books). For prolific poet Seth E. Frank ’55, though, the view is all Kaleidoscopes and Rainbows (New Eden Press).