Abigail Pogrebin recently ran a thought-provoking piece in New York Magazine. Click below to read more . . .
Monday, July 26, 2010
We find classmate Tamar Gendler was recently on a blog/tv broadcast discussing some of her work. In her video, she addresses a number of questions:
Why do heights frighten us even when we know we’re safe?
Bringing your reasoned commitments in line with your passions
The strange pleasures of sitcoms, porn, and horror movies
Are video games morally corrosive?
The fine line between pretense and reality
An interesting discussion of her work. Take a listen if you’d like to hear about Tamar’s work and how it might impact your every day life.
Classmate Oxiris Barbot was recently appointed to a big new job in Baltimore. For the past seven years, she has served as the medical director of New York City's Office of School Health, a program run jointly by the health and education departments.
Thanks to Nicky Grist for passing this along. It is great to classmate updates like this!
Classmate Chang Rae Lee was recently featured in Seattle. Click below to hear what he has to say about his newest book.
No, this is not about me. It is interesting, though. Classmate Bruce Feiler’s article about the sleeping habits of married couples, thankfully, does not discuss my snoring, the odds that some (or all) of our children will visit during any given night of (attempted) sleep, or my sometimes very amusing (and sometimes not very amusing at all) habit of sleepwalking.
Bruce’s article reminded me of a conversation we had recently at a class lunch in New York. One lunch participant was discussing vows of celibacy, while another was discussing marriage. A third assumed they were talking to each other and wondered allowed if marriage involving children had some implicit vow of quasi-celibacy baked into it. Perhaps that’s another article of Bruce to consider . . . along with my post some months ago about stealth sex.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Retail TouchPoints: New Research Shows Online Shoppers Expect Personalized Merchandising - Lisa Bradner's RetailWire Blog
Lisa Bradner has some interesting views about marketing, which she has been kind enough to share. Please click below to check out what Lisa has been up to.
For some, Rudy’s has some fond memories. That swanky establishment, I am sad to say, is cleaning up its act and moving. For those who frequented the Rude Bar and remember it fondly, click below and read on . . .
Please join the Yale family for our “Yale Day in the Sun on Martha’s Vineyard.” Enjoy an afternoon of intellectual stimulation, reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. The afternoon begins with lectures from two of our esteemed Yale colleagues, Master Jonathan Holloway, Professor of History, African American Studies and American Studies presenting, “The Right Kind of People: The Silences in a Civil Rights Narrative.” And Omer Bajwa, Coordinator of Muslim Life at Yale presenting, “Muslim Life at Yale and Beyond: Engaging the Sacred & the Secular.” Then have fun in the sun with a cocktail reception.
Where: Harbor View Hotel & Resort
131 North Water Street
Edgartown, Massachusetts 02539
1:00PM - “The Right Kind of People: The Silences in a Civil Rights Narrative” - Master Jonathan Holloway, Professor of History, African American Studies and American Studies
2:00PM - “Muslim Life at Yale and Beyond: Engaging the Sacred & the Secular” - Omer Bajwa, Coordinator of Muslim Life at Yale
3:00PM – 5:00PM – Cocktail Reception
Click below for more details.
Classmate Gary Feinerman has been confirmed by the US Senate to join Classmate Bob Dow as a member of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Congratulations, Gary!
Now, we need to get a few more Chicago-based classmates to get appointed to the Federal Bench in Illinois and we can have a Class of 1987 District.
In all seriousness, it is quite an accomplishment to have two classmates sit on the same bench. Because they are Article III judges, Gary and Bob could be dispensing justice together for many, many, many years to come.
Budget Travel magazine is highlighting some great things to do in New York City this summer. One of those things is checking out our classmate, Jane Mendelsohn.
Actors and authors at Bryant Park
Break for lunch and a dose of culture at this midtown Manhattan park. Thursdays feature Broadway stars—from In the Heights, Wicked, South Pacific, and more crowd-pleasers—on the lawn's center stage, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The Word for Word series on Wednesdays puts the spotlight on author readings, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. The FUNny Writers event on July 14 brings together Sloane Crosley, Tom Shillue, Larry Doyle, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, and Simon Rich. Catch Jennifer Egan and Jane Mendelsohn on July 7, Sebastian Junger on July 14, and Gary Shteyngart on July 28. Between 40th and 42nd Sts., Fifth and Sixth Aves.
For those of you who could not make this talk, you can view it here:
I received a heads up about what classmate Jim Hicks has been up to. Jim previously published "50 Signs of Mental Illness" and is now writing another book, called "Flexuality," whose aim is to open up discussion about, and present the scientific evidence for, wide-spread bisexual attractions and behavior, mostly among men and women who otherwise think of themselves as straight. In conjunction with the book, Jim started a blog and created a Flexuality Test, which you can take on line. The test is anonymous and takes about 10-15 mins. to complete.
So are you ambisexual? Heteroflexible? Metamorphic? Supersexual? Queer? Straight? or, something else altogether?
Check out Jim’s text and find out at www.mysextest.com <http://www.mysextest.com/>
(There’s a separate blog (Flexuality X) which has information that should be viewed only by adults, not at the office or with children around.)