Authors and Artists


Recent '66 books, documentaries, art exhibitions, articles, and more! 

Let me know (jmhart62@gmail.com) if there are others so we can make this list as complete as possible! I'll plan to keep items on this list for about five years and keep an archive of past items. If you have a "classic", we'll keep it up forever. This is a work-in-progress and probably incomplete; please help by sending any information you may have.

April 3, 2017. T.R. Reid's latest book, our soon, is A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System. T.R. covers tax policy alternatives, and he discussed the book at our Feb 25 Alumni Day dinner. Click here for an April 3 Fresh Air NPR interview with Terry Gross, Author Looks To Other Countries To Rethink America's Complicated Tax Code. T.R. was featured in a long segment of the April 13 PBS NewsHour and has an April 14 OpEd (Filing Taxes in Japan Is a Breeze. Why Not Here?) in the New York Times. Finally, here's a New York Times review.






March 15, 2017. Jay Lagemann is the creator of numerous works, including the prowling "Princeton Charlie" Tiger sculpture familiar to recent P-Rade audiences and Swinging Jenny, the massive work (18' tall and Jenny cantilevered out 22') now gracing the Durst Organization's VIΛ 57 WEST residential property in Manhattan.




    


Both Swinging Jenny and another Lagemann sculpture, The Bond, complement the mission of fellow '66er Tom Benghauser's Building Babies Brain Foundation to such an uncanny degree that within minutes of learning about BBBF in detail, Jay had decided to make "miniatures" of both works available to the nonprofit for use as prizes in a series of monthly drawings for which all donors will be automatically entered.


February 16, 2012. Lanny Jones continues to publish articles of current interest in leading periodicals. His latest is America is Forgetting its Own History in Time (Feb 14). Lanny's website contains much more.

January 7, 2017Riesling Rediscovered: Bold, Bright, and Dry is John Haeger's latest book about wine and is featured in the Dec 7, 2016 PAW "Holiday Bookshelf". From the publisher, "John Winthrop Haeger explores the history of Riesling to illuminate how this variety emerged from a crowded field of grape varieties grown widely across northern Europe. Riesling Rediscovered is a comprehensive, current, and accessible overview of what many consider to be the world’s finest and most versatile white wine."




December 14, 2016Jamie Spencer writes that his second book, Modified Raptures, is his "first true piece of fiction” and now available from his publisher and Amazon. Set in both St. Louis and outer space, Jamie says this book "dramatizes in detail the ways time's irresistible demands can shape (or doom) human relationships, careers and lives”.






December 14, 2016. Larry Scott follows up with the following note: "The editor of The Journal of Organic Chemistry invited me to write a personal perspective on my 44 years of research in organic chemistry. Last week, my PERSPECTIVE was published and highlighted on the cover of the journal (J. Org. Chem. 2016, 81, 11535).





November 8, 2016. Larry Scott's Fragments of Fullerenes and Carbon Nanotubes: Designed Synthesis, Unusual Reactions, and Coordination Chemistry” (co-edited by M. A. Petrukhina)was chosen for the 2012 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award as the best book of the year in the natural sciences by a faculty member at one of the sixteen institutions comprising the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Click here for an interview with Larry that also explains the book's unusual cover.




October 24, 2016. Andrew Littauer's collection of poems, The Song of the Chickadee, will soon be available on Amazon. Andrew's poem, Beneath the Ashes, Elms and Oaks, was read ar our 50th Reunion Memorial Service (click here for the program which includes the poem).

September 18, 2016. Terry O’Keeffe’s most recently published article, "Egon Kisch:  Supplementing and Correcting the Biographical Record” appeared in the May, 2016 issue of an Australian journal, Labour History.  Since 2011, his writing about Central and Eastern European writers, culture, and history has been published in The Hungarian Quarterly, the Sarmatian Review, The Polish Review, and the Slavic and East European Journal.  Right now, Terry is looking for a publisher well-disposed toward a recently completed book built around his translation from the German of a cabaret play written by Egon Erwin Kisch. Kisch, born in 1885, was a Prague native and journalist who was internationally famous as "the raging reporter” during the interwar years, when his adventurous nature took him to the USA, the Muslim borderlands of the USSR, North Africa, China, and Australia.  The book’s title is History into Fiction. Egon Erwin Kisch and the Redl Espionage Case.  If any classmates have bright ideas about publishers who might be interested in such a work, let Terry know (rtok88@yahoo.com).

August 10, 2016. Lanny Jones' article, The Story Behind America’s First War on ‘Terror’, appears in the Time July 12 edition. Read Lanny's This Election Is the Baby Boomers’ Last Hurrah in the August 24 Time, and How to Repel a Bear—Or Not in the August 22 Wall Street Journal (you'll need a WSJ account to read the complete online version).

May 31, 2016. Terry Seymour was spotted at the 50th with his just-released Boswell's Books: Four Generations of Collecting and Collectors. From the Amazon summary: "Since the day in 1791 when The Life of Johnson was published, James Boswell has ranked among our greatest authors. With the discovery of Boswell's journals and other papers in the twentieth-century, and their subsequent publication by Yale, armies of scholars have dissected his life, methods and manners. Yet until now, no one has attempted to document the books in his personal library. Terry Seymour has combed Boswell family inventories, the four Boswell auction sales, evidence from the Boswell papers, and two centuries of auction records and dealer catalogues to provide a remarkably complete reconstruction.The more than 4,500 entries, each one representing a title, document not only James Boswells library, but also that of his father, grandfather and two sons."

May 31, 2016. David Dollenmayer's translation of two works by the Austrian novelist Michael Köhlmeier has just appeared. Idyll with Drowning Dog is about a couple trying to deal with the loss of their daughter in a freak hiking accident. David dedicated the translation to Asher Green, son of Jeff Green '66. Asher died in a hiking accident in Peru in 2007. David's 2015 translation of Martin Walser's A Gushing Fountain (New York: Arcade Publishing, 2015) was just reviewed in the New York Review of Books.




April 16, 2016. Jay Lagemann's has two sculptures on display through the summer in Summit, NJ. Click here for a NJ.com article about Jay and "Speedo" and here for Jay's video. Reading Dog and Sunrise are on display at the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers, MA through October 13 with an opening reception June 26.

Larry Lindsey's
Stump! follows a young marine in the Pacific during World War II. Senator Bill Bradley '65 says ""In STUMP! Larry Allen Lindsey beautifully recounts the late Lee Kelley's powerful World War II stories. STUMP! is a moving tribute to our 'greatest generation'."". Larry's website will bring you up-to-date on Larry's activities.






The latest in Tony Zee's "nutshell" series from the Princeton University Press is Group Theory in a Nutshell for Physicists. Tony's Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell (May, 2013) and Quantum Field Theory, 2nd Edition (In a nutshell) (February, 2010), while sizeable nutshells, are widely praised their clarity, depth, and humor. Fearful Symmetry: The Search for Beauty in Modern Physics (August, 2007) updates Tony's 1986 book while retaining the tiger burning bright on the cover.










January 15, 2016: Ken Harney writes an award-winning, nationally syndicated real estate column for the Washington Post. "Week after week he focuses on the real issues faced by today's record number of homeowners -- complicated tax problems, the settlement fee thicket, credit scores and credit files – and guides readers to smart solutions." Ken has been a member of the Washington Post Writers Group since 1981,  has authored two books on real estate investment, served on the Federal Reserve Board's Consumer Advisory Council and received the Consumer Federation of America's lifetime achievement award for media.

January 10, 2016: Video Animations of Meditation & Prayer-Induced Light Visions: Drawing on his own experiences and on descriptions of the paradigm sequence of meditation-induced light visions described repeatedly in ancient Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese texts, Philip Nicholson conducts a neurologically-grounded, "reverse-engineering” analysis of the spatial and temporal characteristics of those light visions.  His analysis reveals that activation of slow wave sleep rhythms is responsible for generating "empty-mind” meditative trances and destabilization of those sleep rhythms is responsible for triggering many ecstatic seizures described in the literatures of world mysticism.  Video animations and descriptions of the light visions are presented in a non-sectarian website.


August 21, 2015: John Heminway's Warlords of Ivory premiers Sunday, August 30th on the National Geographic Channel. Please tune into the National Geographic Channel at 8:00pm Eastern and 7:00pm Central for Warlords of Ivory, produced by John Heminway, JJ Kelley, Katie Carpenter and featuring investigative reporter Bryan Christy. This has been a work of love by many to help save the African elephant, with its future hanging in the balance. Ours is a story never before told. Please watch, tell your friends and spread the word everywhere. John's Battle for the Elephants premiered in February, 2013 and was shown to the class and out grandchild class during Alumni Day, 2014.

August 14, 2015: Lanny Jones WSJ article, On the Range Where the College Cowboys No Longer Play, tells of "a summer job on a Montana ranch 50 years ago involved a lot more workers and a lot more forklift fun". A visit to the same ranch today describes the changes brought about by 50 years of technology and economic developments.

Joel Primack is the co-author of the June, 2015 Scientific American article All the Light There Ever Was, an accessible account of measuring extragalactic background light.

Lanny Jones latest article in The Atlantic is "The Cardinals Loose Their Virtue".






Bob Brooks
' first novel, Justi the Gifted, was published this past January (2015) and is now in our Class library at Plohn Hall. Tolkeinesquely, Bob created a dichotomous world complete with its own geography, Good and Evil, stalwart warriors, beautiful maidens, dark and rain-slicked tunnels, sword fights, balloon rides, and a rather Victorian coming-of-age experience for our young hero. Its brief and tantalizing Epilogue seems to point directly to a sequel.so stay tuned!





Lanny Jones has written several recent articles inspired by the events in Ferguson, MO. The latest is "'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Could Start a Real Revolution" in Time (Dec 4, 2014). Two other articles are Echoes of Michael Brown's Death in St. Louis' Racially Charged Past The Atlantic (Aug 12, 2014) and Another St. Louis Summer The New Yorker News Desk (August 22, 2014).
Jay West's Merchant Moscow: Images of Russia's Vanished Bourgeoisie has been released (July, 2014) in paperback by the Princeton Legacy Library. Jay was co-editor of this 1998 book. There is also a recently-released Russian language edition.
Joel Primack and his colleagues have written a series of papers on the Bolshoi Simulation.The Bolshoi Simulation is the most accurate cosmological simulation of the evolution of the large-scale structure of the universe yet made ...." The link includes a "Visualization of the dark matter in 1/1000 of the gigantic Bolshoi cosmological simulation, zooming in on a region centered on the dark matter halo of a very large cluster of galaxies."
Jay Lagemann's The Language of Motion" and "Small Sculptures was on display at the Academy Art Museum (Easton, MD) starting May 31, 2014 and running through the summer. There was no hitchhiking 66 tiger, but there was a lot to see; here's a slide show from photos made during a June 16 visit. Two photos show "Swinging Jenny" hanging out in the Bank of America Building lobby at 6th Ave and 42nd Street (New York) on Dec. 27.




John von DalerPieces: A Life in Eight Movements and a Prelude (January, 2014). Among the great comments is a fictional memoir, Douglas Pennick '67 says: "It is a wonderful book, supple, thoughtful, affectionate and deeply loyal to what is best in the simple and not so simple joys that life affords. If a book can be thought of as a companion in life, Pieces by John von Daler is a true and lovely friend." 





Take a look at Dial Parrott's beautifully produced The Genius of Venice: Piazza San Marco and the Making of the Republic (September, 2013).









John Heminway's Battle for the Elephants premiered in February, 2013 and was shown to the class and out grandchild class during Alumni Day (2014).


Jon Wiener: How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey across America tours and comments upon cold war sites, museums, and monuments. Here's the PAW review.









Ord Elliott: The Warrior's Silence (Sept, 2012). Also click here for Jim Merritt's article about Ord.

















Jim Merritt: The Last Buffalo Hunter and Other Stories: Adventures in the Great American Outdoors (June, 2012)















Lanny JonesThe Journals of Lewis and Clark (July, 2011). Co-authored with John Bakeless. Also see Lanny's 2002 book, The Essential Lewis and Clark.













John Scully: Preemptive Strike (September, 2010) is a cold war espionage thriller; alert readers will get a kick out of a brief appearance by FBI agent Charlie Gogolak. Cold War figures, real (Stalin, Beria, Eisenhower, JE Hoover, and more) and fictional, appear in the White House, Kremlin, KGN Headquarters, etc. Also see The Train Set Of Boyhood Dreams: John Scully's $400,000 Playground in ForbesLife, Sept 23, 2013.






T. R. ReidThe Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care (August, 2010).








 Bruce LeslieGentlemen and Scholars: College and Community in the "Age of the University" (June, 2005) will interest all tigers curious about Princeton's history. Bruce uses four case studies: Swarthmore, Franklin and Marshall, Bucknell, and, of course, Princeton. Ed Tenner '65 cites Bruce in the July 9, 2014 PAW (p. 45)  article "Their Princeton: 1914".