you should ship it in a steel container."
Judging a book by its cover
With an apology, the postal service recently sent me the torn
front and back covers of the February/01 issue, with nothing in
between. Perhaps the material was so fascinating, as the cover
photo suggests, that some P.O. employee had to have it. [
Toward the end of James Chandler's disquisition on "The Battle
of THE Books" (February/01), he provides an example of current
"common core" teaching: "We teach Browning and
Wyatt alongside Cindy Sherman and Chuck Close." Why "teach"
Cindy Sherman at all? [
Regarding "The Battle of THE Books" by James Chandler:
I loved every word of it. I was, however, taken aback by one word
in the next article, "Search for Meanings." On page
24, I read "
by any strength of the imagination."
I have always heard it as "by any stretch of the imagination."
I enjoyed Albert Madansky's article "How to read a Business
Book" (February/01). Since I'm a fan of James March, I'd
like to add two books he co-authored to Madansky's list of classics:
Organizations (March and Simon, 1958), and A Behavioral Theory
of the Firm (Cyert and March, 1963).
Back in the classroom again
What an excellent thing you have achieved with the February issue!
Along with other worthy articles, in "Page-Turners"
you have opened the door to the classroom experience so the reader
can share the excitement of teachers and students undertaking
timeless classics. [
Nutritional thumbs down
I was excited and impressed reading about the plans for a new
children's hospital ("Chicago Journal," February/01)
until I got to "...and a McDonald's in the food court."
I was surprised to read Chris Smith's suggestion ("Temper,
Temper," February/01) that Achilles suffered from Intermittent
Explosive Disorder (IED). The article explains that people with
IED do not have the "reflective delay" that intervenes
between anger and act; if I remember correctly, Achilles spends
most of the Iliad sitting in his tent refusing to do anything.
February headlines get an F
Your February/01 issue is bespattered with story headings intended
to be puns, plays on words, and hip humor. However, this reader
finds them to be childish, lame, lacking, unprofessional, and
the staff gets an A
I have been reading the University of Chicago Magazine unsteadily
but faithfully after 1951, and in my professional life I was
closely associated for many years with the late Don Morris,
onetime awarding-winning editor of the Magazine. [
I noticed your reply to Bert Vaux in the February/01 issue ("Letters")
with regards to his memory of a 1980s class on psychoneuroimmunology.
You mentioned a course on Immunobiology taught by Prof. Quintans.
play's context is the thing
Curtis Crawford ("Letters," February/01) decries [English]
Professor [and Dean of the Humanities Janel] Mueller's method
of teaching Shakespeare by immersion in the context of his life
and times. [
grad students reunion
The Physical Sciences Division and the Department of Chemistry
are hosting a chemistry reunion on Monday, August 27. Every
Chicago alumnus with an S.M. or a Ph.D. in chemistry is invited
to attend the evening reception and awards ceremony, which is
timed to coincide with the American Chemical Society meetings
at McCormick Place that week. [
Is there an esoteric reason why Vol. I is absent the OED stack
pictured on page 22 of your February issue.
Robert G. Christie, MBA'64
Endwell, New York
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