David Low

David Low '76 writes about arts and culture for the Wesleyan magazine and Wesleyan Connection. He is associate director of publications in the Office of University Communications. He is also a published fiction writer. E-mail: dlow@wesleyan.edu

CONVERSATIONS: Historical Consequences of Sibling Rivalry

In Lenin’s Brother: The Origins of the October Revolution (W. W. Norton, 2010), Philip Pomper, William Armstrong Professor of History emeritus, tells the tragic story of Alexander Ulyanov, a brilliant young scientist who joins a small group of student terrorists who plan to assassinate Russia’s Tsar, Alexander III in 1887. Alexander’s younger brother, Vladimir, would also become…

Conversations: A Remarkable Literary Debut

Author Wells Tower ’96 garnered rave reviews across the country for his first book, the short story collectionEverything Ravaged, Everything Burned (Farrar Straus Giroux), when it was published in March. The book was featured on the cover of The New York Times Sunday Book Review. By David Low &rsqup;76 For the Sunday Times, acclaimed writer Edmund White reviewed Wells Tower’s collection…

Heyday of the Studio Stars

IN 1933, film producer Samuel Goldwyn brought to Hollywood the beautiful and talented European actress Anna Sten in hopes that she would rival Greta Garbo, one of the greatest stars of her time. Sten made two films in 1934 and 1935 in which she gave worthy performances, but both of them were box-office failures. Goldwyn had…

Scaling the Heights

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 first staged his Latino musical at Wesleyan. Now it’s an acclaimed off-Broadway production, directed by Thomas Kail ’99 and headed for Broadway.IT’S NOT EVERY DAY THAT BIG-NAME theater producers offer $2.5 million to stage a young artist’s first major show. But that’s exactly what happened to Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 and the creative team…

Clash of Identities

A Wesleyan Professor examines the residents of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, who live side by side but worlds apart and with a conflicted history.ON AUGUST 19,1991, IN CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN AT 8:20 P.M., the police escorted the motorcade of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Schneerson (a Jewish religious leader) down President Street, heading west across Utica Avenue. After…

Fighting For Equality

A new book by Professor of American Studies Richard Slotkin examines the heroism of U.S. African-American troops fighting in World War I and the heartless reception they received back home.IN 1918, THE AFRICAN AMERICAN TROOPS OF THE 369TH INFANTRY–also known as the Harlem Hell Fighters–staged a heroic five-day attack from Sept. 26 through Oct. 1…

Murder in the Cathedral

Choosing to be murdered in church made sense in the cultural context of the Middle Ages.In the prologue to his novel The Go-Between, British author L. P. Hartley writes: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” For 20 years Jeff Rider, a noted scholar of French and medieval studies at Wesleyan,…

Q & A: Finding the Right Words

Fiction writer Matthew Sharpe joined the Wesleyan faculty in fall 2004 as assistant professor of English. He teaches creative writing and literature courses to undergraduates and has published three works of fiction. In his latest novel, The Sleeping Father (Soft Skull Press, 2003), Bernard Schwartz, a divorced copywriter living in Connecticut, accidentally takes a combination…

Projecting the Future

Film Studies has a stunning new building that, like the medium of film, is all about light.AFTER THE LIGHTS GO DOWN, the MGM lion roars on the movie screen. The names Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds appear one by one, superimposed on three open black umbrellas. Then the umbrellas turn around to reveal the…

Q & A: Two Lives, Jennifer Finney Boylan

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan ’80 (Broadway Books, 2003) is the true story of a man who becomes a woman. Since early childhood, James Finney Boylan felt he was living in the wrong body, but he kept this feeling a secret from those closest to him for much…