The University Record, September 7, 1999

MQR features Detroit theme

By Janet N. Mendler
News and Information Services

The Michigan Quarterly Review (MQR) summer issue is now available, featuring works by three University authors.

Detroit is the focus of the lead essay by David M. Sheridan, a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University. Following Sheridan’s “Making Sense of Detroit” is Camilo Josˇ Vergara’s “Michigan Central Railroad Station, Detroit,” a commentary on Detroit’s abandoned railway station.

Julie Ellison, professor of English and associate vice president for research at U-M, writes on “The Detroit Observatory, 1999.” The poem captures the atmosphere of an astronomical institution that carries the Detroit name but is situated on the U-M campus in Ann Arbor.

Former U-M Prof. Janet Landman also is featured with her comparative essay, “The Confessions of a War Maker and a War Resister.” Her work examines the likeness between Vietnam protester and convicted felon Katherine Power, and former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara through interviews she conducted with both.

Finally, Laurence Goldstein, professor of English and MQR editor, presents a tri-book review, “The Legacy of Hiroshima.” This literary discussion includes “Fallout: A Historian Reflects on America’s Half-Century Encounter with Nuclear Weapons” by Paul Boyer; “Nuclear Annihilation and Contemporary American Poetry” by John Gery; and “Hiroshima’s Shadow” by Kai Bird and Lawrence Lifschultz.

MQR is published four times a year and can be purchased for a yearly subscription of $18; single copies are available for $5. Contact MQR at Room 3032, Rackham Building, 1070.