by Andrew Lazarus ’47. In this novel of lost values
and redemption, foreign correspondent Jack Lerner must make tough
decisions in honest news reporting and keep together a family in
an unforgiving world of disappointing moral standards (Durban House
Publishing Co., $15.95).
My Columbia: Reminiscences of University Life
edited by Ashbel Green ’50. Excerpts of writings
about their time at Columbia by Columbians ranging from Nicholas
Murray Butler (Class of 1882) and Margaret Mead ’23 Barnard
to Thomas Merton ’38 and James Simon Kunen ’70, plus
poems by John Berryman ’36, John Hollander ’50, Ron
Padgett ’64 and David Lehman ’70 and a cartoon by Edward
Koren ’57. (Columbia University, $29.50).
The Biblical Outlook: Topics in Jewish Philosophy (in Hebrew)
by Rabbi Shlomo (Solomon) Polachek ’68. Using the
Bible as a source, this book covers topics such as God’s characteristics,
creation and providence, revelation, God’s demands upon individuals,
reward and punishment, repentance, prayer, God’s intervention
in history and the end of days (Shalem Book Distributor, $12).
Time and Chance
by David Z. Albert ’76, professor of philosophy.
An introduction to the complex relationship between physics and
philosophical theories of the past and the future, this book covers
thermodynamics, quantum mechanics and asymmetries of knowledge and
continues the author’s discussion of the uncertainty of modern
science begun in Quantum Mechanics and Experience (Harvard
My Father’s Fighter
by Ronald K. Fried ’77. Upper East Side English
teacher Vincent Rosen enters the boxing world when he inherits management
of a doomed prize fighter in this first novel from the Emmy Award-winning
television producer (Permanent Press, $24).
Individuality Incorporated: Indians and the Multicultural Modern
by Joel Pfister ’77. A new study of the attempts
of the U.S. government to conform Native Americans to society’s
prescribed “norms,” this book looks at the situation
through the conflict between the promoted “individuality”
and the Natives’ understanding of the self (Duke University,
Mad Dogs, Dreamers and Sages
by Stephen Zades ’78 and Jane Stephens.
Sharing the lessons learned from their Odyssey Project on Imaginative
Intelligence, a two-year project in search of primary sources of
innovation in various fields, the authors offer businesses and organizations
inventive solutions to creating and sustaining growth (Elounda Press,
A Tooth From the Tiger’s Mouth
by Tom Bisio ’79. A hands-on guide from a renowned
martial artist and expert practitioner of Chinese sports medicine,
this book highlights ancient Chinese healing strategies for everyday
and sport-related injuries. Includes illustrated instructions, herbal
formula recipes and dietary advice (Fireside, $14).
Sense and Nonsensibility
by Lawrence Douglas and Alexander George ’79.
This collection of “academic” spoofs on highbrow literary
culture includes such witty pieces as The Penis Orations,
an answer to The Vagina Monologues, It Kant Be Done,
an article about the efforts of two major studios hoping to make
a film based on the life of German philosopher Immanuel Kant and
a spoof of Class Notes (Simon & Schuster, $9.95).
Baseball Legends of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery
by Peter J. Nash ’89. The author, a former hip-hop
star (Prime Minister Pete Nice of 3rd Bass), returns to the public
eye as a historian after seven years of research. His book examines
Green-Wood Cemetery, home to almost 200 baseball pioneers, and its
connection to the game’s roots in Brooklyn, New York City
and Hoboken, N.J. (Arcadia, $19.99).
Literacy and Racial Justice: The Politics of Learning after Brown
v. Board of Education
by Catherine Prendergast ’90. An analysis of the
present-day multicultural literacy initiatives through research
of the U.S. legal and educational system provides a strong basis
for debates about Brown’s legacies. Outlining the
problems of the current systems and concluding that only a literate
citizen can engage and alter legacies of racial strife, the author
provides solutions for the future of inclusive literacy scholarship
(Southern Illinois University, $25).
The Jew, The Arab: A History of the Enemy
by Gil Anidjar, assistant professor of comparative literature.
Suggesting that the “concept of the enemy” and its absence
in Europe’s history is structured around Europe’s historical
efforts to distinguish itself from “the Jew and Arab,”
Anidjar links the “Jewish Problem” with the “Muslim
Problem” in this critical view of Western civilization (Stanford
University Press, $21.95).
Heaven’s Kitchen: Living Religion at God’s Love We
by Courtney Bender, assistant professor of religion and
sociology. How does faith manifest itself in everyday actions? Recalling
her time spent volunteering at the nonprofit, nonreligious organization
God’s Love We Deliver, the author writes about the role of
religion in contemporary American life (University of Chicago Press,
America and the Intellectual Cold Wars in Europe
by Volker R. Berghahn, Seth Low Professor of History.
Using the story of Shepard Stone, a former director of the Ford
Foundation’s international affairs program in the ’50s,
the author illuminates Cold War-era American-European cultural-political
conflicts and America’s struggle to set global cultural trends
Le vent, à nouveau me cherche
(The Wind Seeks Me Again) by Anna Frajlich,
lecturer in Polish. This French translation from the original Polish
is a collection of poetry that expresses the emotional torments
of an artist in exile reconciling a broken childhood (Editinter,
Humanism and Democratic Criticism
by Edward W. Said, former University Professor (deceased).
With the once-sacred literary canon under attack for its Eurocentric,
imperialistic slant, can humanism make a shift to a more democratic
form? Said, in his last completed book before his death in September
2003, argues that a more expansive literary canon and social responsibility
on the part of writers and intellectuals are parts of the solution
(Columbia University Press, $19.95).
Parallels and Paradoxes: Exploration in Music and Society
by Daniel Barenboim and Edward W. Said, former
University Professor (deceased). Originating from and including
discussions between Barenboim, a conductor and music director, and
Said, the late Palestinian-American scholar of modern literature
and theory, this dialogue touches on the differences between prose
and music, and the ephemerality of sound (Pantheon, $24).
Laura Butchy, Peter Kang ’05,
Masha Volynsky ’06
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