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AUTHOR ESSAY: Ellison Straight, No Chaser

The New York Times Book Review called Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius by Lawrence Jackson ’90 (John Wiley & Sons, 2002) a “rich, meticulous biography.” Jackson talks about writing the first book devoted to the early life of the renowned author of Invisible Man. IIn May of 2002, after legal feuds and delays almost killed the project, I published…

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Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. MICHAEL LOBEL ’90 Image Duplicator: Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art (Yale University Press, 2002) In this richly illustrated new study, Lobel offers provocative new interpretations of Lichtenstein’s paintings of the 1960s and their relationship to the Pop Art movement. The…

AUTHOR ESSAY: My Life in Heavy Meddling

Steve Almond ’88 wrote a book about the romantic mishaps of single men. Readers asked: Is the book autobiographical? He responds with thoughts about what is really at stake in the question. This past April, Grove Press published my first book, a collection of short stories called My Life in Heavy Metal, most of which detail…

Clueing in the Undergrads

Dear Alumni, I find it hard to believe, but I graduated from Wesleyan 20 years ago. At that time, I didn’t even know about the Alumni Association, let alone consider the existence of a group brought together across the decades by this common experience: a Wesleyan education. My first experience with this concept was in…

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Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. DOMINIQUE BROWNING ’77 Around the House and in the Garden (Scribner, 2002) For several years, House & Garden editor–in–chief Dominique Browning has written a monthly column that combines personal vignettes with observations about home improvement, gardening, and raising children. In this consistently intelligent and gracefully…

AUTHOR ESSAY: Rediscovering an Amazing Life

In her acclaimed new book, Black Livingstone: A True Tale of Adventure in the Nineteenth–Century Congo (Viking, 2002), Pagan Kennedy ’84 resurrects the story of a forgotten African American explorer. I met William Henry Sheppard in a book. Though he’d been dead 70 years and now consisted of nothing but a few pages of text in a…

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Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. STEVEN ALMOND ’88 My Life in Heavy Metal (Grove/Atlantic, 2002) Most of the 12 stories in this entertaining fiction debut deal with the passion, humor, and angst of relationships between young men and women in the ’80s and ’90s. Almond is especially adept…

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Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. TYLER ANBINDER ’84 Five Points (Free Press, 2001) Tyler Anbinder’s new book is the first comprehensive history of Five Points, a district in lower Manhattan— now Chinatown—that was once the most notorious neighborhood in 19th–century America, chronicled by journalists, religious magazines, and popular…