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Books M USIC kind of music again is a total blast.” The modern classical music of L.A.-based Another advantage to his work on the composer David Arbury ’95 has show is that it gives him an opportunity to been performed around the world. (Fords in make music again with former classmate Australia can catch the Paradisa! ensemble playing his new Latin-jazz-inspired suite, La Carleton Ingram ’95, who plays the oliva y los saguaros , in July, and renowned guitar parts that Arbury has written. “He and soprano Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek is now I worked together very closely in D.C. after touring his art song “Latte” in her Leading Haverford,” says Arbury. “He founded a Ladies program.) But his latest project finds record label there, Resin Records, which I him entering entirely new territory. web-designed and helped manage. I played David Arbury ’95 Arbury has written the score for a com-bass or drums in several bands, and Carleton edy web series called Couch Surfers , which follows was the guitarist and main singer for all of them.” The three friends who avoid paying rent by perpetually two men live in different zip codes these days, but they crashing with willing strangers. The award-winning first collaborate via email. It must be a fruitful system, be-season, which ended in March, featured five less-than-cause their partnership will continue for the already-10-minute webisodes underscored by Arbury’s inter-planned second season of Couch Surfers . stitial surf-punk guitar figures or hilarity-heightening Additionally, Arbury is preparing for the coming montage music. “I wanted to do it precisely because it 2012-13 music season, which includes, so far, a work for is so different,” says Arbury. “Writing music to fit within a Taiko drum ensemble, a choral commission that will a scene, or even between scenes, and producing tour Ireland and England, and a punk/dance/rave piece music directly on the computer rather than creating for the Iowa State Orchestra. —Rebecca Raber scores for someone else to perform is hugely different More information is available on his website, for me, and I have really loved the challenge of it. And, and you can watch Couch Surfers at besides, I miss my rock days, so getting to write that continued from page 21 written two very different books. Restaurant is character-driven fiction that details the lives of those who inhabit Sun Town (a fictionalized Provincetown, Mass.) during tourist season. Three Sexes in Search of the Creddlebones is a two-part novel about loss that prefaces its marital main story with an introduction of 11 faux-scholarly fantasias. Paul Reitter ’90: On the Origins of Jewish Self-Hatred (Princeton University Press) Reitter, an associate professor of Germanic languages and litera-tures at Ohio State University, excavates the term “Jewish self-hatred” and, in exploring its his-tory, argues that the phrase orig-inally had positive connotations. F ILM John Wertime ’64: Improbable Love: My Secret Affair in the 1950s (Printemps Presse) Bridesmaid #3 In this memoir, Wertime, an authority on Near Eastern and Central Asian nomadic textiles and a contributing editor to Hali magazine, details his long-time romantic relationship with his mother’s best friend, which began when he was in high school and continued through his time at the College. B ridesmaid #3 , a play written by Collette Freedman ’90 that had a successful run in New York, has found new life as a romantic comedy short film. The film follows a cynical brides-maid who finds unexpected love at the Naomi Lefkowitz and Ben Kaplan nuptials with a guy whose girlfriend dumped him on the way to the wedding. “A talented group of women got together and asked me if I would adapt [the play] into a film, which I did and … voila!” says Freedman. (Also a novelist, she published the fantasy thriller Thirteen Hallows with co-author Michael Scott last year.) “It was won-derful to be involved in a project that was, literally, all women,” says Freedman. “The producer, director, editor, music coordinator, poster artist: all women. Plus 33 of the 37 actors in the film are women.” Bridesmaid #3 had its premiere in New York on April 4 and the filmmakers hope to see it screened at fes-tivals around the country. —Eils Lotozo For more information: 22 HaverfordMagazine

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