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Oct.22, 2008

Vol. 109, No. 3

Books and Arts

Remembering the dead

Published in the Oct.22, 2008, issue

The copper canisters, left, are among some 3,500 containing remains of individuals unclaimed by their relatives when they died at a psychiatric hospital, in Salem, Ore., between 1883 and the 1970s. David Maisel ’84’s photographs of some of the canisters, most...Read more
Noah Haidle '01

In the Arts

Published in the Oct.22, 2008, issue

Playwright NOAH HAIDLE ’01’s latest work, Saturn Returns, makes its New York debut at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater this fall. The play, directed by Nicholas Martin, opens Nov. 10, and runs through Jan. 4. The main character, a radiologist named...Read more
Silas Riener ’06 and Marcie Munnerlyn perform “Beacon Event.”

Leaping to the top

Silas Riener ’06 dances for a legend

Published in the Oct.22, 2008, issue

In a warm 11th-floor studio in New York City, Silas Riener ’06 is working up a sweat. Merce Cunningham, the 89-year-old legend of modern dance, is putting Riener — and other members of Cunningham’s company — through a grueling rehearsal. “How fast can you...Read more
The characters in Saher Alam ’95’s novel must decide which “Old-World” customs to retain and which to relinquish.

Straddling two cultures

Novelist Saher Alam ’95 examines arranged marriage among Indian-Americans

Published in the Oct.22, 2008, issue

When Saher Alam ’95 had dinner in Manhattan in 2002 with some friends of friends, she was surprised to learn that a few of them — Muslim men of South Asian origin — had asked their parents to find them wives. It’s not that the idea of arranged marriage was...Read more
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A Fish in the Moonlight: Growing Up in the Bone Marrow Unit

By Sidney Homan '60

(Purdue University Press) The author recounts his experience sharing his childhood stories — about fighting with his brother over a “baby-blue” girl’s bike and eating steamed cabbage at a neighbor’s house, among other tales —...

The Darker Mask: Heroes From the Shadows

By Gary Phillips and Christopher Chambers ’82, editors

(Tor) In this collection of illustrated original stories, the writers offer new interpretations of what it means to be a superhero. Their heroes range from a house cleaner to civil servants and refugees. In Chambers’ story,...

The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces

By Frank Wilczek *75

(Basic Books) The author, the winner of the Nobel Prize in physics in 2004, explains the search for what scientists call the Unified Field Theory, which remains illusive and aims to describe the structure of physical life. Along...
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