Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Here is nice note I received from Jackie Horne:
Hope all is well with you and yours. We were sad to miss reunion last year -- we were planning on coming, but my mother died the Friday before Memorial Day, and we ended up grieving with family instead of celebrating with old classmates...
Hard to believe our daughter Maddie is just finishing up her first year of high school at the Commonwealth School in Boston. The school is only a few blocks away from where the Marathon bombings took place, but luckily no one from her school was hurt.
Keith is still working as a Senior Engineer in the Advanced Technology Group at NetApp, and I'm working as an independent scholar and writer. Since last August, I've been writing a blog called ROMANCE NOVELS FOR FEMINISTS (romancenovelsforfeminists.blogspot.com), which analyzes the intersections between feminism and popular romance writing. Starting next month, I'll be co-chairing the Publications Advisory Board for the Children's Literature Association (childlitassn.org), which oversees the publishing program for the association, in conjunction with the UP of Mississippi. Any scholars out there studying books, films, computer and video games, or any other media for children, and who looking to publish their book-length work -- let me know.
Jackie C. Horne, ES 87
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Check out Carl Zimmer's latest:
Sex is intriguing in all its forms, and bird sex is particularly intriguing. Some male birds have giant corkscrew-shaped penises, but most have none, thanks to its evolutionary disappearance millions of years ago. For “Matter,” my weekly New York Times column, I take a look at the case of the disappearing penis, and why it’s important to study, despite what some cable news pundits may say. Check it out!
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Check out the benefit concert that Jon Spurney is directing soon:
Heidi Blickenstaff, Caissie Levy, Gabriel Ebert and Amanda Green Join Lineup for Dory Previn Concert at Vineyard Theatre
By Carey Purcell
07 Jun 2013
07 Jun 2013
The evening will also feature the previously reported Michael Cerveris (Assassins, Sweeney Todd, Evita), Montego Glover (Memphis), Julia Greenberg (People Are Wrong!), Judy Kuhn(Passion, Eli's Comin'), Nellie McKay (Old Hats),Jessie Mueller (Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) and Stew (Passing Strange). Jon Spurney is the evening's musical director.
Dory Previn was an American lyricist, singer-songwriter who released six pop/folk albums of original songs and was the lyricist of several Oscar-nominated songs. She also wrote several works for the stage, including a musical adaptation of her album "Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign" and several autobiographical works of nonfiction. She passed away in 2012 at the age of 86.
Tickets to the concert can be purchased by calling (212) 353-0303 or by visiting vineyardtheatre.org.
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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Here's the latest from classmate Lynn Oberlander from the New Yorker Blog:
CAN JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR STOP THE N.S.A.?
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Did you see the recent NYT piece about Jay Carney? If not, click here. Here's a sample of what you will read:
Reporter Turned White House Spokesman Enjoys the Hot Seat
Doug Mills/The New York Times
Published: May 17, 2013
WASHINGTON — For the better part of a decade, Jay Carney sat slumped in his tiny chair in the White House briefing room, parsing, challenging and at times pillorying the words of an array of press secretaries.
But over the last week Mr. Carney — the first reporter in a generation to move to the other side of the White House podium — has made his most emphatic and inextricable leap from reporter to reported on.
Cornered by a number of controversies — one of which swept in his own words — Mr. Carney has chalked up the criticism over the handling of the attack on an American mission in Benghazi, Libya, to partisan beefing, cast a tiny shadow of doubt on the I.R.S.’s targeting of conservatives, and defended the administration over its seizure of reporters’ phone records.
In so doing, Mr. Carney, 47, has fully embraced the sort of semantic jujitsu that might have made his reporter self choleric, “appreciating” tough questions, dodging others as “wholly inappropriate” to answer, boasting about an “unfettered” respect for the press that was being spied upon, and generally splitting hairs, obfuscating and testing his turbulent ties with the members of his former tribe.
If the incoming mortar fire is leaving wounds, Mr. Carney, the bespectacled, baby-faced press warrior, does not feel them. “Honestly, I find it enjoyable,” Mr. Carney said. “I find it challenging. It’s hard, but it’s better than 45 to 60 minutes of calling on reporters who are kind of sleepy and disinterested. For me personally, it has been a good week.”
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Saturday, June 1, 2013
Yale Alumni of all Classes,
The Class of '87 is hosting a general Yale Alumni event, Friday June 14, in New York: a night during previews of a spellbinding Off Broadway play. There's an optional prix fixe pre-show dinner. We'll also go out for post-show drinks.
One of the play's lead producers is a Yale graduate, Jim Landé Y'87, who arranged a Friends & Family ticket discount and will do a short Q&A on the production.
Tennessee Williams' The Two-Character Play at New World Stages Off Broadway
Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif unite their white-hot talents in the long-overdue Off Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' rarely performed masterpiece, THE TWO-CHARACTER PLAY. (Tony award-winner Amanda will be seen soon as Wiress in Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and was Honey Bunny in Pulp Fiction. Oscar nominee Brad is Gríma Wormtounge in Lord Of The Rings, Billy Bibbitt in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and Chucky's voice in the Child's Play series.)
Reality and fantasy are interwoven with terrifying power as two actors on tour—brother and sister—find themselves deserted by their troupe. Faced by an audience expecting a performance, they enact The Two-Character Play. As they dip in and out of performance they find it difficult to differentiate themselves from their roles and reality from illusion. Equal parts Southern Gothic thriller, black comedy and psychological drama, it is a marked innovation from Williams’ earlier works, one he says was "my most beautiful play since Streetcar."
Friday, June 14:
8:00pm, New World Stages, 340 West 50th, NYC 10019
Pre-show Dinner Option:
Meet Yalies at 6:00pm
Churrascaria Plataforma Brazilian Steakhouse, 316 W 49th St, NYC, 10019
Prix Fixe Rodizio style Dinner: $62.95, Gourmet Salad Bar only: $49.95
* Please Rsvp for a restaurant headcount to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends & Family 25% DISCOUNT TICKET CODE: CPFF513
Purchase Tickets: http://www.broadwayoffers.com/go.aspx?MD=2001&MC=CPFF513
Background Reading for studious types: (don't worry, there's no exam!)
YouTube Clip: http://www.youtube.com/TwoCharacterPlayNYC
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