James Merrill at Amherst

By Langdon Hammer

He became one of the greatest poets of his generation, but first he was a member of the class of ’47 at Amherst, where he developed an obsession with memory and a transformative interest in Proust.

Remembrance of Instant Noodles Past

While Marcel Proust unleashed a flood of memories with one taste of a madeleine, Deborah B. Gewertz, the G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology, explores the memories evoked by Ramen and other instant noodles in NPR listeners, Amherst College students and (in stark contrast) Japanese and Papua New Guineans.