Sunday, July 24, 2011
As I was flipping through this week's issue, I saw that our classmate Amor Towles gets a great shout out for his new book, Rules of Civility:
Put on some Billie Holiday, pour a dry martini and immerse yourself in the eventful life of Katey Kontent, a smart young woman trying to find herself in Manhattan in the late 1930s. Though Katey's not to the manor born, her wit and intellect open doors all over the city, from Upper East Side society soirees to funky downtown jazz clubs. When she and her friend Eve Ross, a beautiful, nervy party girl from Indiana, meet suave bachelor Tinker Grey, life hits a high note-for a while. (Despite his royal-blue eyes, Tinker is a gentleman with some twists in his pedigree.) Yet his relationship with Katey ultimately shapes both their fates. First-time novelist Towles, a principal in a New York City investment firm and a graduate of both Yale and Stanford, clearly knows the privileged world he's writing about, as well as the vivid, sometimes reckless characters who inhabit it. Reading about Katey and her fast friends shaking off the Great Depression in pre-World War II Manhattan-a city "so improbable, so wonderful, so obviously full of promise"-you'll find yourself feeling nostalgic no matter how old you are.
It turns out that Oprah loved the book, too. Click here to read the Oprah.com review.
If you want to learn more about Alan and Drew and their wedding, you can clink the title to this post to see the news, or click below.
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Congratulations to Alan and Drew. May you enjoy every happiness!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Here is the list of newly elected AYA Governors:
Jeannine Scott ’85 MA
Tim Harkness ’87
Joe Staley, Jr. ’59
Vikram Mansharamani ’96
Magda Vergara ’82
Scott Williamson ’80
Darcy Pollack '87
Robert (Bo) Hopkins '86 MBA
As you will see, the Class of 1987 is very well represented -- the current Board of Governors has two representatives from our class. Over the last several years, our class has been represented on the Board of Governors, most recently by Lynn Oberlander and, before Lynn, Kathy Edersheim. If you are interested in becoming active in Yale alumni activities -- either through the class or through some other part of the Yale community, please let me know.
Classmate Chang-Rae Lee appeared recently on NPR’s “The Takeaway.” This was a very personal interview about his view about his role in America. Very interesting. Click below to listen to the interview. It’s a quick listen, and well worth it.
“When I used to teach in the city at Hunter College the most amazing thing would happen… You’d hear all these different accents and languages…and of course all their variations and kinds of English, and I always thought that was the most wonderful thing.”
As you can tell, I am a Bruce Feiler reader. I enjoy his columns. The last one I posted was pretty serious. This one is not nearly as heavy. Check it out. I know a few people I might want to e-mail this to.