A short update:
Tyler Anbinder, who you will remember from last issue, is publishing a book in March about the Irish emigration to New York and reports he hears regularly from Jeddy Lieber and Leah Chang ’95.
Ophelia Papoulas had the pleasure of attending her first Burning Man this year. She had a wonderful time, despite the difficult circumstances of the final couple of days. She’d like to know if there are any Wes folk who have gone or are planning to go.
Parul Kapur Hinzen’s debut novel, Inside the Mirror, about twin sisters who struggle against family and society to become artists in 1950s India in the aftermath of Empire, will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in March 2024. The novel won the AWP Prize for the Novel, judged by Brandon Hobson, who called it “a beautiful and ambitious work of fiction.” Parul fondly remembers her first creative writing course with Professor Phyllis Rose and abides by George Eliot’s adage: “It is never too late to be what who you might have been.”
Susan Howard, along with Jessica Posner ’09, created a role-playing video game called Go Nisha Go, based on her Indian mother’s decision to delay marriage and choose education. It won the Best Learning Game at the 2023 Games for Change Festival in New York City, out of 340 entries. The game was developed by Howard Delafield International, cocreated with adolescent girls in India, with the input of several partners in many fields. The contributing organizations include Girl Effect, headed by Jessica. Susan is developing a companion game for boys.
Michael Lewyn continues his career as a law professor at Touro Law Center, and blogs on urban planning issues at planetizen.com. He is pleased to announce that he is now married, making him a stepfather.
Finally, Stephanie Fleischman caught us up with her latest project. She wrote the libretto for the new opera, Tevye’s Daughters, with composer Alex Weiser, based on the Isaac Bashevis Singer short stories that inspired Fiddler on the Roof. It had a first workshop in November 2023 in New York City.
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