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The ’15s really speak for themselves this issue, so I’ll cut right to the chase.
Henry Russell recently self-published a novel, The Talisman Cock! He describes the book as a “coming-of-age story about two roommates, 16-year-olds at a prestigious Boston-area boarding school with contrasting spiritual philosophies. David, a runner from a blue collar Cape Cod family, believes God wrote him a ‘personal destiny’ to win the Boston Marathon, whereas Johnny, a handsome, womanizing ice hockey star, is convinced he’s the second coming of Christ because he’s allegedly used ‘mind powers’ to grow a large penis, his Talisman Cock! The book is a funny and heartfelt reflection on fate, friendship and faith.” The book is available at Amazon as well as from the publishing company he started, at thebackofthefish.com. He started writing the book three years ago during his junior year at Dartmouth with guidance from former professor Ernest Hebert. Since Dartmouth, Henry has been working for a small construction company and writing at night.
Madison Pauly is an assistant editor at Mother Jones in San Francisco, where she helps run the research department and report on gender and criminal justice. For the March-April issue she researched and wrote a timeline called, ‘I Made that Bitch Famous: A Brief History of Men Getting Credit for Women’s Accomplishments,” which can be found on its website.
Reed Boyer recently moved to Boston to begin work at a robotics startup.
Michael Blum recently released his fifth album, The Reservoir. This album marks a departure from Blum’s previous four albums and his debut as a singer-songwriter. He produced most of the album in his apartment, playing guitar and keyboard, singing vocals and doing the recording himself. His album has been featured in Newsday and The Island Now.
After nearly two years as an analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., Tyler Stoff is moving to Durham, North Carolina, this fall to complete a master of public policy at Duke University.
Alexander Stockton recently wrote and directed an independent feature film and contributed the following story for this issue: “I remember the first time I received the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. It was just after I’d been accepted to Dartmouth. In it there was an article about Rashaad Ernesto Green, a Dartmouth alum who directed a feature film that had just played at Sundance. I cut out that article and pasted it into my film journal. A lot of my friends were going to film school. I was nervous about going to a liberal arts school. This article inspired me and made me feel like I was making the right choice. Later on I met Rashaad and he became a mentor to me. When I watched that film of his that DAM profiled, it changed my life. I recently wrote and directed an independent feature film titled Transient, about an undocumented immigrant deported from the only home he’s ever known who risks everything to make it back over the border. We’re doing several screenings across the country during the next month in anticipation of our online distribution on May 19. I don’t pretend that my film is anywhere near as good as Rashaad’s, but it does have an important social message, like his, and is very connected to Dartmouth. I filmed it during my junior year with many classmates as crew and I edited it during my senior year in my dorm room with countless notes from my professors.”
Thank you to all of the ’15s who contributed to this issue, and as always please send any and all feedback and updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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