2004 Spring Life Stories

January 28, 2014

Lawrence Weschler

Lawrence Weschler has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since the early eighties, where his work has stuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award (for Cultural Reporting in 1988 and Magazine Reporting 1992) and was recently granted a Lannan Literary Award. His books […]

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Gabor Kalman

Gabor Kalman is an award–winning documentary filmmaker. Born in Hungary, he came to the United States in 1956, where he first studied sciences at the University of California at Berkeley, then received his Masters degree in Communication and Film and Television from Stanford University. He is on the faculty of Art Center College of Design […]

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Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi, a best-selling writer and internatioin activist on behalf of women’s rights and democracy, speaks and writes from her life experience as a college professor in Iran during and after the 1979 Islamic revolution. Her most recent work, Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books (2003) combines autobiography and criticism to offer what […]

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Mai Elliott

Mai Elliott, a graduate of Georgetown University and resident of Claremont, California, was born and raised in Vietnam. Upon graduating from Georgetown, she returned to Saigon, where she worked for the Rand Corporation interviewing Viet Cong prisoners of war and defectors for a research project to determine the morale and motivation of the guerrillas during […]

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Liza Dalby

Liza Dalby is an anthropologist specializing in Japanese culture. In her first book, Geisha (1983), she drew on her experiences as a novice geisha to present the insider’s view of this world. As the only Westerner to have become a geisha, she became a consultant for Steven Spielberg’s film adaption of Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of […]

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Sheila Ganz

Sheila Ganz, Producer/Writer/Director/Editor of Unlocking the Heart of Adoption, is also a painter, sculptor, poet, playwright, teacher, and birthmother. In 1968, at twenty years of age, she was raped, became pregnant and unwillingly relinquished her newborn daughter for adoption. Twenty years later, after taking part in demonstrations for open adoption records and hearing many different […]

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Robert A. Rosenstone

Robert A. Rosenstone has published works of history, biography, and criticism, along with imaginative forms of writing– a family memoir entitled The Man Who Swam Into History (2002), and a novel, King of Odessa (2003). Author of Romantic Revolutionary: A Biography of John Reed (1975), which was used as the basis of the Academy Award […]

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Tobias Wolff

Tobias Wolff, master of the memoir and the short story, has just published his first novel, Old School (November 2003), the story of a working class boy who weeks to “blend in” at a posh New England prep school. He is best known for his 1989 memoir of childhood, This Boy’s Life, which received the […]

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