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Collecting Flashlights by Stuart Schneider '76. Schiffer, 1996. 160 pp., $29.95. Extensive treatment of the flashlight both from a historical and a collectible point of view. With 460 color photographs and value guide.

Director Close-Up: Interactivity & Animation by Peter Vaughan '71 and Tim Vaughan. Wadsworth Publishing Co. Encyclopedia of the Piano edited by Robert Palmieri '54E (Mas) and Margaret Walsh Palmieri '53E (Mas). Garland Publishing, Inc., 1996. 534 pp., $22.95.
"A wonderland of information for anyone even remotely interested in the piano," according to André Watts.

Evaluation and Treatment of the Infertile Male edited by associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology Grace Centola and Kenneth Ginsburg. Cambridge University Press, 1996.

The Failure of U.S. Tax Policy: Revenue and Politics by Sheldon D. Pollack '74. Penn State Press, 1996.

A New World Order: Global Transformations in the Late 20th Century edited by David A. Smith '78 and Jozsef Borocz. Praeger Publishers, 1995. Essays by social scientists grappling with fundamental global changes in the late 20th century.

An Orchestra Musician's Odyssey: A View from the Rear by Milan Yancich. Wind Music, Inc., 1996. 350 pp., $28. Looks back on the author's long career as member of the Eastman School faculty and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Origin of Everyday Moods by Robert Thayer '63 (PhD). Oxford University Press.

Our Sisters' Promised Land: Women, Politics, and Israeli-Palestinian Coexistence by associate professor of anthropology Ayala Emmett '80 (PhD). University of Michigan Press, 1996. 276 pp., $32.50. Examines the political roles of women in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process while telling the story of Israel's turnabout from an official policy of conflict to an official position of peace and coexistence.

Post-Polio Syndrome edited by Lauro S. Halstead '63M (MD) and Gunnar Grimby. Mosby (St. Louis), 1995. 230 pp., $3. Offers guidelines in diagnosing and caring for patients who have post-polio syndrome. Contains a section on personal and psychosocial issues.

The Religion Factor: An Introduction to How Religion Matters edited by William Scott Green, dean of the undergraduate college, and Jacob Neusner. Westminster John Knox Press. 275 pp. Andrew Greeley, Martin Marty, John Updike, and others explore the importance of religion in the lives of people, communities, and nations. Their concern is with how real people live those traditions today and their impact on the larger social order.

Third World Cities in Global Perspective by David A. Smith '78. Westview Press (Boulder, Colo.), 1996. $19.95. Uses cross-national data and historical case studies to understand the "urban revolution" that is dramatically transforming previously rural agrarian societies throughout the world.

Twentieth Century Music for Young String Students, Part 2 by Margaret Kennedy Farish '39E, '46E (Mas). Plandaco (Evanston, Ill.), 1996. 75 pp., $19.95. Annotated bibliography containing descriptions of musical and technical aspects of 86 compositions and collections.

Westerns: Making the Man in Fiction and Film by Lee Clark Mitchell '69. University of Chicago Press, 1996. $29.95. Ranging from James Fenimore Cooper to Zane Grey and from High Noon to spaghetti Westerns, the author shows how the genre helped assuage a series of crises in American culture, including debates about nationalism, votes for women, the White Slave Trade, and even Dr. Spock.


Coming Around, works by Maria Schneider '85E (Mas), featuring Scenes from Childhood, a three-part suite commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival. ENJA 90692.

Enchantress, music by pianist John Serry '75E, '90E (Mas), performed by Serry and his jazz quartet. Gerry Niewood '70E, saxophone, is also heard on this CD. Telarc Jazz CD 83392.

Farewell to Philosophy, music of Gavin Bryars, performed by Eastman alumni group Nexus. Philips Classics Productions. Other recent Nexus recordings: Nexus Meets Peter Sadlo (Koch Classics); Nexus Live at 25 (Nexus 10410); From Me Flows What You Call Time, music by Toru Takemitsu (Sony Classics).

Five Sacred Trees for bassoon and orchestra by John Williams, performed by Judith LeClair '79E, bassoon, with Williams conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. Sony Classical (March '97).

Frederick Koch, solo and ensemble pieces by Koch '70E (DMA), including the Piano Trio No. 1. Truemedia Records Ltd. (Cleveland).

The Hooks of Orwell and North Easton, a collection of organ music performed by Karl Miller '80 (DMA).

Images: Music for Horn and Piano by Women Composers, performed by Cynthia Carr '81E, horn.

Kill Bear Comes Home, opera by Paul Stuart '92E, performed by a number of Eastman artists. VM Music (Pittsford, N.Y.).

Modern American Classics, Vol. II, featuring Introduction and Allegro by the late Earl George '46E, '47E (Mas), '59E (PhD), performed by the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra. The piece received the 1947 George Gershwin Memorial Prize.

Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Shostakovich, Muczynski, and Dzubay, performed by Carter Enyeart '64E, cello. CRC 2300.

Thank Heaven, country-western music written and sung by Arthur Schlosser '72M (MD) as Dean Dobbins. DDB Records (Northridge, Calif.).

Visions of Love, Mozart arias sung by soprano Renée Fleming '83E (Mas) with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras. London Records, 452-602-2.

Violoncello Concerto by Christopher Rouse, professor of composition, performed by Yo-Yo Ma and the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by David Zinman. Sony. Rouse's Trombone Concerto, with soloist Christian Lindberg and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, was also released this fall.

Past Looking: Historical Imagination and the Rhetoric of the Image by Michael Ann Holly, professor and chair of the department of art and art history. Cornell University Press, 1996. 214 pp., $39.95 (cloth); $15.95 (paper).

The author asserts that the historical interpretation of the pictorial arts is always the intellectual product of a dynamic exchange between the past and present.

Selected by faculty

Leslie Marx, assistant professor of economics and management,
William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Game theorist Leslie Marx was considered the top U.S. epée fencer in this year's Olympics (see Letters). With research and teaching interests in firm and contract theory, Marx in her current work looks at companies involved in joint research ventures. She has developed a decision-analysis course for Eastman Kodak Company and has been involved in projects with Rochester Gas & Electric and Xerox Corporation. Her most recent research appears in Games and Economic Behavior.

Although a seemingly unlikely marriage, fencing and games theory coexist rather well, Marx told Time magazine in a pre-Olympics interview: "Fencing, actually, is a good application [of games theory]," she said. "Fencers have to choose good strategies and try to influence the beliefs of their opponents."

Fencing seems to have little to do with her tastes in reading, however. Marx's pleasure-reading needs are high-quality escapist fare. When the Review asked her what she might recommend to readers, she said: "I took a look at my bookshelves at home a couple nights ago and found some old favorites. I find a book of fiction holds my interest better if it is historically based."Always the academic, she added, "I guess then I feel like perhaps I am learning something."

On Marx's shelf at home:

Walk in My Soul by Lucia St. Clair Robson, Ballantine, 1985.
"This is a good example of my interest in the historic. A historical saga, it is about Sam Houston's Cherokee wife and the Trail of Tears. In the fall of 1838, about 18,000 Cherokees of Georgia were forcibly rounded up by the U.S. Army and made to travel through Tennessee and Kentucky, across the Ohio and Missouri rivers, and into Indian Territory west of the Mississippi. Winter snows, summer heat, and drought took their toll. About 4,000 Cherokee were killed along the way from starvation, exposure, and disease."

Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose, Simon and Schuster, 1996.
"I took this book with me on one of the trips to Europe last winter for an Olympic point trial. About Lewis and Clark, it makes you believe that a few determined individuals are capable of almost anything. Of course, the ending is not 'happily ever after.'"

Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins, Bantam, 1990.
"For fun reading, I love Tom Robbins. This book is one of my favorites. An Arab and a Jew open a restaurant together across the street from the United Nations, and wacky characters fill the book."

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1972.
"This work by the creative Italian writer is wonderful when you're in the mood for poetry."

On Marx's shelf at the Simon School:

Introductory Real Analysis by Kolmogorov and Fomin, Prentice-Hall, 1970.
"This is probably the most battered book on my shelf--a continual reference for my work."

Managerial Economics and Organizational Architecture by Simon School faculty members James Brickley, Clifford Smith, and Jerald Zimmerman, forthcoming from Irwin Publishing, 1997.
"Anyone interested in learning about managerial economics might want to read this one."

Co-opetition by Adam Brandenberger and Barry Nalebuff, Doubleday, 1996.
"For the game-theory curious."

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