Stories from 'The Chronicle'
Following are several favorite stories from
The Chronicle of Higher Education,
which has allowed me to pursue all kinds of unusual and unlikely topics over the years. Most of these appeared in the "Notes from Academe" column.
Portrait of the Sculptor as a Young Man
(November 24, 2006).
Crusade Along a Canal
The Chronicle of Philanthropy,
May 4, 2006).
White Suit, Gray Eminence
(March 31, 2005).
'Memory, Reproducible and Revisable'
(March 3, 2006).
Cal Poly's Little Love Affair With Steam
(August 5, 2005).
At Franklin & Marshall, Ringing In the New Generation
(May 20, 2005).
Pictures of a Poet
(April 29, 2005).
A Mimic of the Sky
(February 4, 2005).
The State of Small Cheese
(January 7, 2005).
History on a Towering Scale
(November 26, 2004).
Students, Entirely in Character
(October 29, 2004).
Shimmering With Stories
(April 16, 2004).
(February 20, 2004).
Cataloging Harvard's Ephemera
(January 24, 2004).
An Eye for Birds
(December 12, 2003).
(September 26, 2003).
(August 8, 2003).
Where the Only Station Stop Is Princeton
(May 16, 2003).
The Slow Rise of a Breadmaking Star
(February 21, 2003).
Moving Heaven and Earth
(January 24, 2003).
(December 13, 2002).
Abroad in the Adirondacks
(November 1, 2002).
In Class With an Icon of Gay Literature
(October 18, 2002).
Surveying History, One Bridge at a Time
(August 9, 2002).
Giving Art an Edge
(July 12, 2002).
Eat First. Then You'll Learn.
(May 17, 2002).
Keeper of the Last Picture Show
(January 25, 2002).
The Rhythms of Risk
(October 19, 2001).
Down East of Eden
(August 10, 2001).
An Old Bridge Spans Lessons in History and Engineering
(April 20, 2001).
Through the Layers, a Glimmer of Archimedes
(January 26, 2001).
Art That Pricks Up Your Ears
(November 17, 2000).
Collecting Memories From the Aftermath of a Tragedy
(October 20, 2000).
Students Take Notes From Underground in Old Colorado Mine
(June 30, 2000).
Ancient Roman Aqueducts Provide a Classicist With a Fount of Lore
(April 28, 2000).
Like a Well-Oiled Machine, a Student-Run Bus Service Serves Town and Gown
(March 31, 2000).
At Culinary Institute, a Chef Whips Up a Class in Haute Cuisine
(February 4, 2000).
What Nostalgia Whispers: Summer's Evocations of Childhood Pleasures
(August 7, 1998).
Plato to Wilde to Ginsberg: Compiling an Anthology of Gay Literature
(July 10, 1998).
A Shakespearean Comic Blends Stories, Songs, and a Little Soft-Shoe
What Course Can Teach Us to Understand a Fading of the Soul?
(February 20, 1998).
Words Are Free, Sunsets and Blue Skies Abound: An Odyssey Through Poetry
(January 23, 1998).
From "Captains Courageous" to "Auntie Mame": Finding a Writer's Voice
(September 19, 1997)
Ohio Librarian Catalogues Carnegie's Monuments to Knowledge
(August 8, 1997)
Narrow-Gauge Railroad, A Historian's Dream, Sings of the Past
(July 11, 1997)
Senior at Pitzer College Is Perfect Caretaker for 1902 Home
(March 21, 1997)
How Generations of Students Learned Oratory and Debate
(March 7, 1997)
A Brother Reflects on 27 Years at St. Mary's College
(December 13, 1996)
A Professor's Heartfelt Crusade to Save a C&O Canal Aqueduct
(November 15, 1996).
A Students of Skyscrapers Measures Their Significance
(November 1, 1996)
'Angels in America' Challenges Students at Wabash College
(October 18, 1996).
Presses and Metal Type Put Students in Touch With Printed Word
(October 4, 1996)
Using Photography to Elevate the Ordinary
(September 20, 1996)
A Boostore for Poets and Lovers of Verse
(September 6, 1996).
The Memories That Matter From Many Summers in a Maine Cottage
(August 9, 1996).
Presidential "Faith Healer" Retires at Lebanon Valley College
(May 31, 1996).
At Work on the Living Bridges of New York City
(May 17, 1996)
A Slow-Motion Riot of Evolutionary Competition and Adaptation
(April 5, 1996)
Poet Writes "Of the Flesh" With Classical Richness
(March 22, 1996)
Computers Are Okay, but Paper Is One of Our Greatest Creations
(February 23, 1996)
Preserving the Wondrous Home of a Legendary Architect
(January 12, 1996)
Historian Delights in New York's 722 Miles of Subways
(December 1, 1995)
Breakfast With Darwin: Morality, Mortality, and the Genetic Imperative
(October 20, 1995)
Actress Shares Sense of Community With Her Students
(October 6, 1995)
On Rangeley Lake: the Leisure to Learn From What Is Around You
(August 11, 1995).
Rescuing the Work of a Pre-Eminent Designer
(April 21, 1995)
Elegant Exercises in Engineering
(March 10, 1995).
The Fern Collection at the Pennsylvania Aboretum
(November 16, 1994).
'Touch People. Hug Them When You Need to.'
(October 19, 1994).
Remembering a Year's Worth of Teachers, Students, Etc.
(August 10, 1994).
A Poet from Astoria Makes Verse Readable
(July 13, 1994).
A 77-Mile Masterpiece
(June 15, 1994).
A Master at Piano Restoration
(March 9, 1994).
Little Places in Maine that Were Something -- And Became Nothing
(November 3, 1993).
Reclaiming American Music: A Copland Opera Comes to the Farm
(June 30, 1993).
Pomona Student Writes a Musical as His Senior Project
(March 24, 1993).
Sphinx: Dartmouth's Riddle on East Wheelock Street
(June 19, 1991).
Penn Restores a Masterpiece by One of America's Most Idiosyncratic Architects
(May 8, 1991).
Pipes Sound All Around You -- Now Soft, Now Loud, Now Rich, Now Deep
(October 25, 1989).
Elsewhere on this site are
four stories about Camp Windsor Hill,
on Maine's Rangeley Lake. The stories first appeared in