Mixed Media: UB Bookshelf

What We’re Writing

Cover of "Art of the Ordinary: The Everyday Domain of Art, Film, Philosophy, and Poetry".

Richard Deming (PhD ’03)

According to Deming, the problem with our usual approach to thought is that we understand ourselves only through our own experience; we can’t imagine life not filtered through our individual prisms. Through a deep exploration of three cultural objects—the poetry of John Ashbery, the art of Andy Warhol and the comedy of Stephen Wright—Deming cultivates an awareness of the ordinary as a way to spur attentiveness to the workings of our own minds. (Cornell University Press, 2018)

Cover of "What Happened That Night".

Sandra Block (MD ’97)

In her newest thriller, Block demonstrates how one night can change everything. Dahlia is a self-assured Harvard student with a promising legal career ahead of her until the night she’s drugged and brutally raped at a college party. Without any memory of the attack, Dahlia nevertheless struggles to cope in the aftermath, suffering from PTSD and suicidal ideation. Then, five years later, a video of the assault surfaces online—and Dahlia wants revenge. Block’s novel, a gripping tale of tragedy and trauma, explores the somewhat elusive boundary between justice and vengeance. (Sourcebooks Landmark, 2018)