Check Your Mailboxes: July/August Issue Is En Route
If you’ve not received your July/August issue yet, rest assured it’s going to be in your mailbox soon, just in time for the summer reading season. And there’s a little something for everyone in this issue, including references to the Jonas Brothers and to zombie ants.
I’d like to call attention to an excerpt from the new book by Diane Ackerman ’70, One Hundred Names for Love. It’s a chronicle of how her husband, novelist and former Penn State professor Paul West, recovered from a stroke, but it’s also a beautiful, compelling love story.
If you’ve read any of Ackerman’s previous work, (I recommend A Brief History of the Senses), you’ll know her lyrical, poetic style. I read the entire book while deciding what we’d like to excerpt in the magazine, and it was not a easy decision to make. Plus, I teared up several times.
In this interview with Ackerman, who spoke to Katty Kay on The Diane Rehm Show, lots of speech language pathologists and relatives of stroke victims call in; it’s a fascinating hour.
In this issue, you’ll also find:
—Beautiful photos that Tina Hay took during the Alumni Association’s trip to Turkey.
—An incredibly entertaining profile of Rosey Grier ’56 by Michael Weinreb ’94. I bet my LP of Free To Be … You and Me, featuring his iconic rendition of “It’s All Right to Cry” is still in my dad’s basement, and this story made me want to go home and see if I could dig it up. It can’t be hard to find, not with the hot pink cover.
Lori Shontz, senior editor