Alumni Authors  Summer 2011

Kind of Blue
Miles Corwin, '73
Oceanview Publishing


When a well-respected ex-cop in Los Angeles is murdered, the hunt is on to find the killer. In his new book, "Kind of Blue," former Los Angeles Times crime reporter, Miles Corwin, explores the realm of mystery and anxiety associated with working on a homicidal case. This realistic crime novel follows the path of two Los Angeles detectives, Lt. Frank Duffy and Ash Levine, as they purse the investigation of the murder. Ash finds himself in an obsessive struggle to crack the case while still following up on a former unsolved case which burdens him with guilt. In a desperate struggle for answers, Ash finds himself in a criminal world of secrecy and private bribes.

Hip Hop Desis: South Asian Americans, Blackness, and a Global Race Consciousness
Nitasha Tamar Sharma, '04
Duke University Press


Who and what hip hop desis are may be unfamiliar to most, but the problems they address through their music are ones that run rampant through the United States and other parts of the world. Hip hop desis (South Asian American hip hop artists) explore what it means to be both an ethnically marginalized group that identifies with Blacks and an international community of South Asians. In her new book, "Hip Hop Desis: South Asian Americans, Blackness, and a Global Race Consciousness," Nitasha Tamar Sharma contends that these musicians have created a multiracial style of hip hop in response to discrimination based on racial stereotype. Through challenging these stereotypes, hip hop desis are creating a collective identity that cannot be defined by the lines of race.

Understanding and Controlling Strobe Lighting: A Guide for Digital Photographers
John Siskin, '79
Amherst Media


Lighting is a critical ingredient in capturing a good photo. Yet getting the lighting precisely right is easier said than done. In his new book, "Understanding and Controlling Strobe Lighting: A Guide for Digital Photographers", John Siskin simplifies how to capture rays of light in order to obtain certain desired effects. Siskin gets specific as he describes exactly how light works and how its position will affect a photo. Also included in the book are descriptions of how to adjust exposure, how to use umbrellas and light panels, and how to ensure a perfect outdoor shoot.

Vietnam's Second Front: Domestic Politics, the Republican Party, and the War
Andrew L. Johns, '95, '00
The University Press of Kentucky


In his new book "Vietnam's Second Front: Domestic Politics, the Republican Party, and the War", Andrew L. Johns assess the history of the Vietnam War by the weighing the influence of Congress, politicians, grassroots organizations, and the Nixon administration. He argues that decisions made during the war were largely due to an internal struggle between the President and Congress for the control over U.S. foreign policy.

Urban Pastoral: Natural Currents in the New York School
Timothy Gray, M.A. '94, Ph.D. '98
University of Iowa Press


In a city bombarded with tall buildings, overwhelming crowds, and omnipresent visions of gray, a flower blooming in a school garden can be a breathtaking sight. It can even be said that this flower is more beautiful and unique than any other flower, merely because it is unexpected. This is point, and many others, is argued in Timothy Gray's new book "Urban Pastoral: Natural Currents in the New York School." Gray writes that respected cosmopolitan poets such as Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery, and Barbara Guest should be recognized for their "pastoral impulses," for they create imagery of natural beauty in bleak environments. "Urban Pastoral" is the first book of its kind to highlight and explore this avant-garde style of poetry.

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