FastTimes_104PuxurzSean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemont High . This 1982 movie was based on Claremont HS in San Diego, a few years before my daughter was Class  President.

Yes, this is another very thin Williams link to give you a shot at my summer reading list. I met Andre Dubus III at a book reading in Boston in May. He knocked me out. His reading was a torrent of words and images taking place at different times and locales yet all taking place in a space of five minutes in the narrative of the book. I had to read more.


I read four: two novels, a book of novellas, and a memoir. The first novel was his first big success,  House of Sand and Fog.

cover_townieThe memoir is Townie. It is an accounting of his growing up in Haverhill where his father, the writer Andre Bubus, is a college professor. It is dirty, gritty, violent, touching, and written in a language in which the truth is found with out embellishment other than the writers own self-searching. Townie was written after the other three. And in it are the backgrounds for happenings and characters in the first three books.

The truth he finds in this memoir is the same truth you see being developed in the first three books of fiction. 







The flimsy link:

Anthropology professor David Edwards and journalist Christopher Marcisz have teamed up this semester (2015) to teach a course about different ways of understanding the relationship between Williams College and Williamstown.

To prepare for their final projects, each of the 13 students—sophomores, juniors and seniors, some of them anthropology and sociology majors—will pitch several ideas about the intersection between the town and the college, just as they would to a magazine editor, and select the one with the most potential. They’ll spend the rest of the semester conducting research and interviews and then writing an anthropological study that reads like creative nonfiction.

All the profs really had to do was to assign Townie.



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