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Transient Places
By Robert F. Weingartner ’37
Blue Aerie Press, 2001

The collection features poetry and prose written by Weingartner, a retired lawyer living in Rochester.

Iconoclast: Abraham Flexner and a Life in Learning
By Thomas Bonner ’47, ’49 (Mas)
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002

In the first full biography of the noted educator, Bonner, president emeritus of Wayne State University, examines the life and career of one of America’s most influential educational reformers. Best known as the founder of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, Flexner was instrumental in spurring changes in medical education in the United States, including Rochester, where he played an important role in the launching of the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

American Feminism and the Birth of New Age Spirituality

American Feminism and the Birth of New Age Spirituality: Searching for the Higher Self, 1875–1915
By Catherine Tumber ’92 (PhD)
Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc., 2002

Tumber, a staff editor for the Boston Phoenix, explores intellectual, social, and political undercurrents that fed into spiritual sensibilities in America at the turn of the 20th century.

The Avant-Garde and American Postmodernity: Small Incisive Shocks
By Philip Nel ’92
University Press of Mississippi, 2002

Nel, assistant professor of English at Kansas State University, reevaluates how 20th-century culture has been divided between “modernism” and “postmodernism.”

Theory of Semi-Feasible AlgorithmsTheory of Semi-Feasible Algorithms
By Lane Hemaspaandra and Leen Torenvliet
Springer-Verlag, 2003

Hemaspaandra, a professor of computer science at Rochester, and Torenvliet provide a consolidated survey of the field.

Lending Credibility: The International Monetary Fund and the Post-Communist Transition
By Randall Stone
Princeton University Press, 2002

Stone, associate professor of political science, outlines the first systematic approach to how much influence the IMF exerts over domestic policies in countries that accept its aid.

Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics
By Douglas Crimp
MIT Press, 2002

In a collection of 16 essays, Crimp, the Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History, argues against what he sees as a political complacency and conservatism among gay activists that has replaced the radical AIDS activism of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette: A Mostly Affectionate Account of a Small Town’s Fight to Survive
By Bill Kauffman ’81
Henry Holt, 2003

The author’s fifth book, a memoir, is an account of his repatriation to his hometown of Batavia, New York, and an examination of the parlous state of small-town America in an age of globalization.

Intermediate Technical Japanese, Volume 1: Readings and Grammatical Patterns and Intermediate Technical Japanese, Volume 2: Glossary
By Jim Davis ’75
The University of Wisconsin Press, 2002

Designed to help scientists and engineers build a technical vocabulary in Japanese, the two-volume set is the first such broadly based reference in nearly a decade.

The Armament Tide
By Stuart Platt ’55, ’70S (MBA) and Duffrey Sigurdson
Granville Island/Peanut Butter Publishing, 2002

Using a combination of historical anecdote, common business principles, and 31 years of military service, Platt, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, looks at the complexities of arming the American military.

Transgenic Animal Technology: A Laboratory Handbook
By Carl Pinkert
Academic Press, 2002

In the second edition of the well-illustrated handbook, Pinkert, professor of pathology, also incorporates updates on a variety of genetic engineering technologies.

Top Hook
By Ken ’53 and Christian Cameron ’87
Harper-Collins and Random House, 2002

Written under the pseudonym Gordon Kent, the novel is the father-and-son team’s third featuring Alan Craik and Rose Siciliano, a duo of husband-and-wife Navy pilots. Later this year, Ken Cameron and Patti Gillespie are publishing the sixth edition of their popular text The Enjoyment of Theatre (Allyn & Bacon).

Materializing the Nation: Commodities, Consumption, and Media in Papua New Guinea
By Robert Foster
Indiana University Press, 2002

Foster, associate professor and chair of anthropology, offers an ethnographic perspective on notions of national identity.

Innovation and Change in the Human Services
By Nicholas Richie ’61 and Diane Alperin
Charles C. Thomas Publishers, 2002

The book is the second edition on the evolution of social services during the 20th century. Richie is professor emeritus of health administration at Florida Atlantic University.

Science and Technology of Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Edited by Dabir Viswanath ’62 (PhD), Tushar Ghosh, Mark Prelas, and Sudarshan Loyalka
Marcel Dekker, 2002

The reference book is based on a lecture series presented at the University of Missouri, where Viswanath is an emeritus professor of chemical engineering.

TV or No TV? A Primer on the Psychology of Television
By Faye Brown Steuer ’64 and Jason Hustedt
University Press of America, 2002

Presenting case studies of four families who are raising their children without television, Steuer, a psychology professor at the College of Charleston, and Hustedt examine the medium’s effect on children and families.

Refinancing America: The Republican Antitax Agenda
By Sheldon Pollack ’74
State University of New York Press, 2003

Pollack, professor of business law at the University of Delaware, recounts the history of antitax sentiment within the Republican party and explains how opposition to income and wealth taxation became a dominant factor influencing the GOP’s political agenda in the 1990s.

Innovative Strategies for Promoting Health and Mental Health Across the Life Span
Edited by Leonard Jason ’76 (PhD) and David Glenwick ’76 (PhD)
Springer Publishing Company, 2002

Jason also published Preventing Youth Access to Tobacco (Hawarth Press, 2002), which examines public health efforts to curb youth smoking.

A Golden Glow in the East: Esther Nairn Nasmith’s Letters from China, 1910 to 1925
Edited by Agnes Nasmith Johnston ’43
and Mary Nasmith Means
iUniverse, 2002

The book gathers the correspondence of Esther Dorsey Nairn ’09, who ran a girls’ school in China at the turn of the 20th century.

Doing the Right Things . . . Right: A Leader’s Guide to World-Class Performance
By Richard Palermo Sr. ’59, ’63 (MS)
Strategic Triangle Inc., 2002

The book is the culmination of Palermo’s 30 years with Xerox and nine years as an international business consultant and management coach.

Fool-Proof Marketing
By Robert Bly ’79
John Wiley & Sons, 2002

The business consultant offers methods for maximizing business performance regardless of economic conditions.


No Nonsense
John Fedchock ’85E (MM)
Reservoir Music, 2002

In addition to five original compositions, the new album features Fedchock’s arrangements of music by Freddie Hubbard, Thelonius Monk, and Duke Ellington. Soloists include saxophonist Charles Pillow ’84E (MM).

By Flippomusic
Southport Records, 2002

The new album by the jazz quintet headed by Dave Flippo ’82E (MM) features the pianist’s original “global jazz” compositions.

21 Variations on a Theme of Andrew Wood
By Edward Wood ’64E
Eroica Classical Recordings, 2002

The 40-minute variations for piano were composed to honor Wood’s oldest son on his 21st birthday.

The Banjo of Death Sleeping
By William Harper ’76E, ’87E (PhD)
ARTCO Records, 2002

Harper’s latest recording is described as an “electroacoustical triptych” that uses dance beats, “cyber-folk” music, and computer-altered human voices.

The Composer’s Voice: New Music from Bowling Green, Volume 2
By the Bowling Green Philharmonic, Emily Freeman Brown ’90E (DMA), conductor
Albany Records, 2002

The album includes works by David Heuser ’89E, Daniel Crockett, and Pulitzer Prize winners Bernard Rands and Stephen Albert. (Note: The listing for the Composer’s Voice series that was included in the Winter 2002–03 issue should have referred to volume one in the series.)

Unmistakably Modern
By Corey Jane Holt ’88E (MM)
Blue Pearl Records, 2003

The debut album by pianist Holt features music by Eastman alumni David Rogers ’89, ’97 (PhD), Robert Constable ’92, and Paul Reller ’86 (MA).

Books and Recordings is a compilation of recent publications by University alumni, faculty, and staff. For inclusion in an upcoming issue, please send the work’s title, publisher information, author, and author’s class year, along with a brief description, to Books and Recordings, Rochester Review, 147 Wallis Hall, Box 270033, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627-0033; e-mail:

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