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Vol. LXII, No. 15
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
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TED WEISS AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR: Ted and Renée around the time the letters featured in “The Always Present Present” (first a book, now an opera composed by Peter Westergaard) were written. After they married, the couple went on to co-edit the Quarterly Review of Literature for over 50 years. According to the New York Times, “The Weisses were assiduous in publishing not only writers like Stevens, Williams, cummings, and Marianne Moore, but a great many of their younger, utterly unknown successors as well. The truth is, it was largely in magazines like QRL that much of the literature now studied as a matter of course in colleges and universities first appeared.”

“If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On”: A Literary Courtship Becomes an Opera

Stuart Mitchner

“It began when I was born,” Renée Karol Weiss said, 84 years after the fact. This was her spontaneous response to the question, “When did you get the idea of turning a book of letters and poems into a libretto for an opera?”

Newly Appointed Wilkes Says He’s Primed, Prepared, and Clued In For Borough Hall

Matthew Hersh

Say what you will about Kevin Wilkes, but don’t say he’s not determined.

Mr. Wilkes, slated to be appointed to a vacant seat on Princeton Borough Council Tuesday night, has waited a long time for this moment. Everything is in place for the 50-year-old Democrat, architect, and activist: party endorsement; a name that’s a known commodity; and, most important, Borough residency.

Congo Walks as Township Family, State Reach Settlement Before Court Hearing

Matthew Hersh

An agreement reached Thursday will spare the life of Congo, the Princeton Township German shepherd that faced a death sentence for mauling a landscaper last year, according to Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Visiting Sister City Students Get Red Carpet Princeton Reception

Ellen Gilbert

Warm “bonjours” were in the air last Wednesday when Princeton High School hosted a breakfast reception for 28 exchange students and two teachers visiting from the Lycée Bartholdi in Princeton’s sister city, Colmar, in eastern France. Earlier this year, 12 PHS students and four adults traveled to Colmar where they stayed with Lycée students and their families. Now it was Princeton’s turn to host the visiting students, who were staying until April 7.

Township Eyes $37.4K in Sidewalks, Urged to Restore Southbound Bus Pickups

Matthew Hersh

Township Hall introduced a handful of ordinances Monday night, continuing a long-stated municipal goal of creating a comprehensive pedestrian circuit along more heavily used thoroughfares.

April Fool’s at Labyrinth: The Tale of an Impostor

Ellen Gilbert

“He wrote much too well — it just wasn’t fair,” said Princeton historian Sean Wilentz of David Samuels as he introduced his former graduate student who was making an April 1 appearance at Labyrinth Books. Mr. Wilentz described him as “a teller of stories,” a description that also fits the subject of Mr. Samuels’s new book, The Runner: A True Account of the Amazing Lies and Fantastical Adventures of the Ivy League Impostor James Hogue.

Public Library Hosts Poetry Journal Launch Party

Ellen Gilbert

The U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative, believed to be the nation’s longest-running poetry critique group, celebrated its 35th anniversary and the publication of its journal, U.S. 1 Worksheets, with a launch party on Sunday afternoon at the Princeton Public Library.

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