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Read On: Recent Books and CD's by UB Alumni


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Jim Jag Open Road
Jim Jagodzinski, 2004

Jim Jagodzinski, B.S. ’81, is a veteran club guitarist who has also taught guitar and done studio sessions. In this debut CD, Brazilian and Latin influences permeate the 11 tracks, which also include instrumental arrangements of jazz standards. His main guitar influences include Pat Metheny, Tuck Andress, Jeff Beck, Joe Pass and Wes Montgomery. Jagodzinski’s composition, “The Block,” which is included in this CD, received honorable mention in the 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Originally from Buffalo, Jagodzinski now lives in the New York City metropolitan area. Jim Jag Open Road is available at www.cdbaby.com/jimjag.




Passing Through
By David Gitin, B.A. '66
Linehan Press, 2005

In his eighth collection of poetry, the author offers poems written over a 30-year period. Gitin’s work has been acclaimed by such poetic figures as Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg and Denise Levertov, and his work has appeared in Rolling Stone, the New York Times and Poetry Nippon. David Gitin continues to teach creative writing at Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, California, and has worked as a jazz disc jockey at KAZU FM for 19 years, often performing his poetry in collaboration with musicians.




A Sail to Great Island
By Alan Feldman, Ph.D. '73
University of Wisconsin Press, 2005

This book of personal and autobiographical poems is the first full-length collection in many years by the award-winning poet whose work has appeared in the Atlantic, the New Yorker, the Nation, Poetry and Kenyon Review, among other journals. Of this collection, Carl Dennis, UB emeritus professor of English and winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, comments, “The poems begin with clearly defined contexts, but they move quickly to reach beyond the local, gathering weight and momentum as they explore with wit and sympathy the widest implications of their subjects.” Alan Feldman is professor of English at Framingham State College in Framingham, Massachusetts, and for many years taught the advanced creative writing course at the Radcliffe Seminars, Harvard University.




More Matrix and Philosophy: Revolutions and Reloaded Decoded
Edited by William Irwin, Ph.D. '96
Open Court, 2005

In the latest installment of Open Court’s “Popular Culture and Philosophy Series,” the editor, who is associate professor of philosophy at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, presents philosophical essays drawn on the popular film The Matrix and its sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. “[The book] shows the many ways in which philosophical thought can deepen and enlighten popular culture,” says John Lachs, author of A Community of Individuals.




Re-thinking Aesthetics: Rogue Essays on Aesthetics and the Arts
By Arnold Berleant, Ph.D. '62
Ashgate, 2004

Arnold Berleant, a long-established authority on aesthetics, presents this carefully edited collection of his essays on aesthetic theory. The essays in this volume express the impulse to reject the received wisdom of modern aesthetics: that art demands a mode of experience sharply different from others and unique to the aesthetic situation, and that the identity of the aesthetic lies in keeping it distinct from other kinds of human experience, such as the moral, the practical and the social. Berleant shows that the value, insight, force of art and the aesthetic are all enhanced and enlarged by recognizing their social and human role, and that this recognition contributes both to the significance of art and to its humanizing influence on what we like to call civilization.




Welfare Brat
By Mary Childers, Ph.D. '81
Bloomsbury Press, 2005

In this eloquent memoir, author Mary Childers describes growing up in the Bronx on welfare in a family in which five out of seven children dropped out of high school, and four different fathers dropped out of sight. Quality public education, summers in the country courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund, after-school jobs and the people she met along the way gradually led her to pursue college, despite multiple sources of discouragement. “Welfare Brat is a powerful book that draws you into all the anger and love and astonishing hope and futility that course through a family struggling in poverty,” writes David K. Shipler, author of The Working Poor: Invisible in America.




Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business
By Virgina G. Drachman, Ph.D. '76 & M.A. '74
University of North Carolina Press, 2005

The author, Virginia Drachman, Arthur Jr. and Lenore Stern Professor of American History at Tufts University, portrays the lives of diverse women entrepreneurs in America, from the colonial era to the end of the 20th century. Among them: Katherine Goddard, owner of a print shop and publisher of the first signed copy of the Declaration of Independence; and Katharine Graham, owner of the Washington Post. In Enterprising Women, all the women depicted owned their business ventures, earned widespread public recognition in their day and left their imprint on American business and life. They are a diverse group—from different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups, and from every region of the country.




Rome Revisited
By Bill Mueller, B.S. ’84
AuthorHouse, 2005

The author, a Pentagon engineer and program manager for the Office of Naval Research before turning to writing, presents a collection of stories that reflect the bittersweet quality of life through his central male protagonists. Whether on the streets of Washington, D.C., or the alleys of Italy, Mueller transports readers to interesting locations, where the setting is intricately woven into the story.




  Allan Smith’s Teenage Moneymaking Guide
By Allan Smith, B.S. ’51
Success Publications, 2005

The author presents the fifth printing of his useful guide, which gives teens 101 ways to start their own business, how to be one’s own boss and “12 secrets to success” among other tips and advice. The book offers information and organizational strategies ranging from such traditional teen moneymaking activities as car washing and baby sitting, to less-explored areas like translating, gift-wrapping services and monogramming, to name a few. Information on legalities and licenses is also included. “While Smith doesn’t guarantee success,” writes Booklist, “his business hints are sensible suggestions bound to put teenage entrepreneurs on the right track.”




YAPI 1-2-3-4
By Sedad H. Eldem and Murat Soygenis, M.Arch. ’85
Success Publications, 2005

This book compiles architectural drawings and details for traditional and contemporary building techniques. Included are construction drawings for a house, an industrial plant, a music school, and interior renovations from Turkey and the United States designed by architects/authors Sedad Eldem and Murat Soygenis.




Recumbents: Poems
By Michel Deguy; translated by Wilson Baldridge, Ph.D. ’82
Wesleyan University Press, 2005

In this acclaimed collection by one of France’s leading poets and thinkers, translator Wilson Baldridge presents what is the first English translation of Deguy’s most critically acclaimed volume of poetry, Gisants: Poèmes, which was awarded the Grand Prize of the Mallarmé Academy in 1985. This bilingual edition also includes a meditation on Deguy’s work by Jacques Derrida. Baldridge, a widely published translator, is associate professor of French at Wichita State University.




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