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Vol. LXIII, No. 40
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
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THE GENTLE ART OF BROWSING: Things had slowed down a bit by the time these browsers arrived at the Friends of the Princeton Public Library’s Annual Book Sale last Saturday. At the Friday preview, the aisles were crowded and busy, but civilized. With the income topping last year’s record breaker by $3,000, 2009 looks to be the most profitable year in book sale history, particularly now that the daily sale has expanded into the former library store, where business has been booming.

Front Page

Autumn Leaves Challenge Municipalities

Dilshanie Perera

Leaf collection and stormwater management were two related issues that came under review at the Princeton Environmental Commission (PEC) meeting last week.

Change in Fire Chief Selection Process Introduced by Borough

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council recently introduced an ordinance that would change the process of selecting the chief of the Princeton Fire Department.

Township Committee Discusses Flood-Warning Ordinance, Repairs

Ellen Gilbert

Recent discussions about severe flooding were the basis of three Township Committee actions at its Monday evening meeting, among them the tabling of an ordinance that would require homeowners to disclose the possibility of flooding to potential renters.

Other News

PDS Alumna Krissy Garber Produces and Acts in Off-Off Broadway Play

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton Day School Class of 2007 alumna Krissy Garber is producing and acting in Alan Ball’s play, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, which opens October 29 in New York City.

Author of “Moral Clarity” Recognizes Obama’s Leadership in Library Talk

Ellen Gilbert

Susan Neiman, author of Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists (Harcourt 2008), roundly rejects the notion that the more you know about life, the less you should expect of it. Speaking at a Princeton Public Library talk sponsored by the Sentience Foundation, she observed that this preparation “to expect and demand very little in life is not maturity. It’s resignation.”

Two Millennia and Two Continents Brought to Life by Ancient Ivories

Dilshanie Perera

Showcasing artwork from both the Russian and American sides of the Bering Strait, the new exhibition at the Princeton University Art Museum, “Gifts From the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories of Bering Strait”, offers a unique view of the ancient art and culture of Native populations from that region.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


With Freshman Star Reinprecht Coming Up Big, No. 5 PU Field Hockey Ready for No. 1 Maryland

Bill Alden

Julia Reinprecht missed a golden opportunity as the Princeton University field hockey team was clinging to a 2-1 lead over undefeated and No. 5 Connecticut in the second half last Sunday.

Exemplifying PHS Field Hockey’s Progress, Junior Ryan Develops Into Standout Defender

Bill Alden

After toiling for the Princeton High junior varsity field hockey team last fall, Ali Ryan was determined to take her game to the next level.

Showing Character in Overcoming 14-0 Deficit, PHS Football Edges Trenton to Stay Undefeated

Bill Alden

It was only the fourth game of the season but the Princeton High football team reached a critical crossroads by halftime of its clash last Saturday at Trenton High.

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Book Review

Paul Rudnick’s Human Comedy: Gay Soul and Jersey Roots

Stuart Mitchner

Usually when I’m asked why I write … I reply, “To avoid a day job.” But the truth is that there are people in real life I want to honor. It’s easy to write about despair. It’s tough to present optimism realistically and appealingly. I think it’s a worthwhile goal to help people find genuine pleasure without feeling like fools.

—Paul Rudnick, quoted in Time, May 3, 1993

The subtitle of Paul Rudnick’s new book, I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey (Harper $23.99) could as easily have ended with Life, Death, and Manhattan. If, like me, you feel that New York City is more closely and profoundly attached to New Jersey than to New York state, the combination works either way. However you style it, the New Jersey-born-and-raised author was clearly destined to live and write in the Big Apple. Quirks of behavior involving his diet and his inability to drive a car would alone be enough to qualify him for residence there. Some of the funniest moments in the book concern young Paul’s bizarre eating habits and failed driving lessons with his long-suffering father. And if you want a close-up look at one of the “mainstays” of his diet, just check out “the adorable Peeps” on the cover of I Shudder: those “acid yellow baby chicks made of marshmallow, with sooty black eyes … available in families of six or eight, attached to their siblings in a Siamese-twin fashion.”


Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s 30th Season Opens With Wunderkind Pianist George Li

Nancy Plum

Princeton Symphony Orchestra has a new Music Director for its 30th anniversary year, but with incoming conductor Rossen Milanov’s schedule booked ahead, the Symphony has invited guest conductors for its first two concerts. Sunday afternoon’s program in Richardson Auditorium brought Boston conductor Benjamin Zander to Princeton for a lecture and performance which foreshadows Milanov’s concept of the “total concert experience.” Mr. Zander has been conductor of the Boston Philharmonic for more than thirty years, has led the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for thirty-eight years, and is known for entertaining and informative lectures on music. Mr. Zander preceded Princeton Symphony’s presentation of Camille Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in g minor and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with a lecture the day before. From all accounts, the lecture gave audience members unique insight into these pieces, each of which challenged Princeton Symphony to play with precision and clarity.

All in a Day’s Work

Valerie Addonizio

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton University Special Collections assistant Valerie Addonizio received her M.L.I.S. in archival science from the Rutgers School of Communication, Information, and Library Science. She also has an M.A. in art history from Rutgers. She came to Princeton just this year; her first project was processing the papers, artwork, and other documentation by and related to the artist George Segal, donated to the library by Segal’s wife and the George and Helen Segal Foundation.

It’s New to Us

Hopewell Tour Des Art, Artisans Studio Tour, Has Scheduled Second Annual Event, October 10

Jean Stratton

After its successful Hopewell art tour last year, the Hopewell Economic Development Council has sponsored a second tour, Hopewell Tour Des Art, set for Saturday, October 10.

Design Expertise and Help for Homeowners Are Specialty of Deborah Leamann Interiors

Jean Stratton

Your house should be your haven. Once you step inside, ideally, you should be relieved of the rush and tension of our high tech society, and find order, harmony, and ease.

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