Short Takes


Once upon a time, Paula Castner ’94 scripted A Fairy Tale Life?: A Musical (self-published), while Thomas H. Ogden ’68 left things in The Hands of Gravity and Chance (Karnac Books) and Walter Marks ’55 presented The Hated: A Detective Jericho Single (Top Tier Lit).


Joanna L. Grossman ’90 clocked in from Nine to Five: How Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Continue to Define the American Workplace (Cambridge University Press). Ilya Somin ’95 published a second edition of Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter (Stanford University Press).


Then poet Douglas Babington ’73E shook things up with News from the Recent Quake (Alfeios Books). Karen Schrier ’99 challenged us to some Knowledge Games: How Playing Games Can Solve Problems, Create Insight, and Make Change (Johns Hopkins University Press). Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott ’08 called for a Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World (Portfolio/Penguin).


Christopher Keroack ’90, M.D., also advocated Changing Directions: Navigating the Path to Optimal Health and Balanced Living (Advantage Media Group). John A. Liebert ’59, M.D., and William J. Birnes gave guidance with Psychiatric Criminology: A Roadmap for Rapid Assessment (CRC Press). Roger M. Mills ’64, M.D., tracked Nesiritide: The Rise and Fall of Scios (iUniverse).


Benigno Trigo ’84 wrote of Malady and Genius: Self-Sacrifice in Puerto Rican Literature (SUNY Press). Jonathan Hafetz ’90 edited Obama’s Guantánamo: Stories from an Enduring Prison (NYU Press). Stephen C. Murray ’66 described The Battle Over Peleliu: Islander, Japanese, and American Memories of War (University of Alabama Press), and Dixon Long ’55 commented on Foreign Affairs (CreateSpace).


Finally, Ellen Wayland-Smith ’89 invited us to Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table (Picador), where we lived happily ever after.