On the Shelf
Design, by Joy Monica Malnar and Frank Vodvarka, MFA’70,
University of Minnesota Press, 2004. Imagine a new building that
smells as good as it looks. Vodvarka and Malnar have. The pair explore
the human response to spatial constructs, including indoor and outdoor
spaces, creating a new design philosophy that takes all five senses
into account. Drawing on environmental sciences, anthropology, psychology,
and architectural theory, they offer an alternative to the Cartesian
model, which dominates architecture today.
Popular Culture and the
Enduring Myth of Chicago, 1871–1968, by Lisa Krissoff
Boehm, AM’92, Routledge, 2004. Tragedy. Crime. Upheaval. A
dark image of Chicago has long pervaded American popular culture,
according to Krissoff Boehm, who traces the city’s bad rep
from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 to Al Capone’s crime sprees
to the 1968 riots. In the course of a century, she argues, Chicago
became a national symbol of urban misery despite city leaders’
efforts to improve its reputation.
in Search of Itself, by Larry Kart, AB’67, Yale University
Press, 2004. In this anthology music critic Kart discusses nearly
70 jazz movers and shakers, touching on the genre’s significant
stylistic developments. He includes accounts of such legends as
Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, and Wynton Marsalis. Other essays delve
into jazz’s relationship with American popular song and the
idea of the musician as social rebel.
by Jennifer O’Connell, MBA’96, New American Library,
2005. Author of Bachelorette #1 (2003), O’Connell
serves up another helping of chick lit. This time around protagonist
Lauren Gallagher runs Boston’s hippest wedding-cake boutique.
But Gallagher whips up more than the perfect buttercream bonne bouche—she
can tell whether a marriage will work simply by watching couples
pick a dessert. Convinced one of her best friends is about to get
hitched to Mr. Wrong, she must decide whether to air her unsavory
prediction or keep it in the kitchen.
Diversity in the South: Changing Codes, Practices, and Ideology,
edited by Margaret Bender, AM’89, PhD’96, University
of Georgia Press, 2004. Y’all want to learn about Southern
speech? This collection of essays examines how people speak in the
South, analyzing a range of languages, dialects, and linguistic
practices. Addressing immigration and settlement issues, the volume
conveys the region’s cultural diversity, covering American
Indian, African American, and European American communities. Topics
include language preservation efforts, Appalachian speech, and the
Cajun English dialect.
Separation of Powers in
Practice, by Tom Campbell, AB’73, AM’73, PhD’80,
Stanford University Press, 2004. With the separation of powers,
each branch of federal government has its specialty, argues Campbell,
a former five-term U.S. congressman and one-term California state
senator. Analyzing what Congress, the courts, and the executive
do best, he suggests which wing would most appropriately handle
major public-policy issues, including abortion, affirmative action,
flag burning, gun control, and war powers.—M.L.