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June11, 2008

Vol. 108, No. 15

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A yoga instructor in California, Anne Cushman '84 examines the intersection of a spiritual journey and the practical concerns of a Western woman in her debut novel.

Enlightenment for idiots

Anne Cushman '84 explores one woman's quest for spiritual awakening

Published in the June11, 2008, issue

When Anne Cushman ’84 needed a fourth course to fill her sophomore-year schedule and signed up for Professor Malcolm Diamond’s “The Self in World Religions,” she had no idea that it would alter the trajectory of her life. Struck by the idea of religion as...Read more
Lisa Scola Prosek '81 rehearses her latest opera, Trap Door, with vocalists.

Exploring the messy realities of war

Lisa Scola Prosek '81 composes opera about an American soldier

Published in the June11, 2008, issue

In December 2006, Lisa Scola Prosek ’81 read the latest issue of PAW, went to bed, and dreamed an opera. The article burrowed itself into the composer’s subconscious described a young alumnus, Nate Rawlings ’04, serving in Iraq. Trap Door — the opera...Read more
John Matteson '83 chronicled the relationship between Bronson Alcott and his daughter in Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father

John Matteson '83 wins Pulitzer Prize in biography

Published in the June11, 2008, issue

Writing a biography about the author Louisa May Alcott and her father, Bronson Alcott, not only has brought John Matteson ’83 recognition — he won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in biography in April — but it has helped him become a better parent. Through...Read more
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Apocalypse How: Turn the End Times Into the Best of Times!

In this tongue-in-cheek guide for managing life after an apocalypse, readers learn how to survive after they are lucky enough to crawl out of the rubble. The author offers tips on fending off zombies, foraging for nonradioactive...

Worshipping Walt: The Whitman Deciples

In this group biography, the author explores the connections between Walt Whitman and 19th-century men and women who regarded him not just as a poet but as a religious prophet. Among the disciples included are psychiatrist R.M....

Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century

In this analysis of the West’s war against terrorism, the author rethinks foreign policy by exploring it from legal, historical, and military viewpoints. He argues that “market states” like the United States have helped drive...

Making a statement through art

Published in the June11, 2008, issue

Part of Meredith Thompson ’08’s senior thesis — an installation on view in April and May at the Lewis Center for the Arts, above with inset detail at left — reflected the time she spent as a teacher and artist in Puerto Rico, where she drew cityscapes and...Read more

In the News

Published in the June11, 2008, issue

Composer and lyricist PETER MILLS ’95 won the third annual Fred Ebb Award from the Fred Ebb Foundation for musical theater songwriting in November. A $50,000 prize, the award recognizes an emerging songwriter. A founding member of Prospect Theater Co. in New...Read more
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