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Washington State Magazine :: Spring 2013

Spring 2013

Matters of taste

In This Issue...


How Washington Tastes—The Apple meets Cougar Gold :: One need not be an expert taster to appreciate the chemistry between the apple and Cougar Gold. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Guide: Heirloom apples in Washington }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Infographic: The Cheddar cheese lexicon }

Passing the Smell Test :: Throughout the living world, the nose leads the way, pioneering a course through the environment with the ability to spot virtually invisible perils and prizes. by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: Simple scents in retail }

Patrick Rothfuss ’02—World builder :: Life’s a fantasy for best-selling author Patrick Rothfuss. He invites us into his worlds, one real and one of his own invention. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Tribble Trouble :: WSU professor emeritus Paul Brians and a look at the Icons of Science Fiction at Seattle’s Experience Music Project}

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Literary Taste :: Experts' takes on the seminal works in literary genres}

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: The art of Nate Taylor ’02 }


Taste, an Accounting in Three Scenes :: I’d be lying if I claimed not to prefer the golf swings of Bobby Jones or Sam Snead to that of Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey. So I guess I’m a snob. by Bill Morelock ’77


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: Replays, multiple views, and info in iStadium A look at the 3D-4U Solutions technology }


:: First Words: Tastes like Beethoven

:: Posts

:: In Season: The essential egg

:: Sports: Down Under to Pullman

:: Sports Extra: One happy ending

:: Last Words: Fruitful history

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Training for Good Eggs The Shoups and the Puyallup poultry course }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Labels and branding from No-Li Brewhouse }

New media

:: Treasure, Treason and the Tower: El Dorado and the Murder of Sir Walter Raleigh by Paul Sellin ’52

:: Montana Before History: 11,000 Years of Hunter-Gatherers in the Rockies and Plains by Douglas H. MacDonald ’94

:: Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family by Kelly Ward and Lisa Wolf-Wendel

:: That One Spooky Night by Dan Bar-El, illustrated by David Huyck

On the cover: “Snow White” by Jung Von Matt for Ed. Wüsthof Dreizackwerk KG.

Spring 2013
Web Exclusives
Cover of A Canticle for Leibowitz

WSU emeritus Professor of English Paul Brians recommends Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz as a must-read in the genre of science fiction.

Reading in the Genres

by Hannelore Sudermann | © Washington State University

Here’s a small selection of suggested authors and works in a variety of genres provided by Paul Brians, professor emeritus, and clinical faculty member and writer Buddy Levy, who last spring taught advanced creative writing to undergraduates.

Brians has several areas of expertise, including post-holocaust science fiction, and as a comparative literature professor and avid reader, he has sampled a wide selection of literature. Levy writes nonfiction accounts of historical figures and throughout his life he has been drawn to westerns and stories of adventures.

Science Fiction (we plucked this straight from the reading list of Brians’ English 333 class):

In an interview, Brians also brought up Isaac Asimov (I, Robot) and Philip K. Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?). Both authors have written stories that have been made into major motion pictures. Dick is especially popular in Hollywood. Adaptations of his works include Blade Runner, The Adjustment Bureau, and Minority Report.

For some early examples of Gothic and Horror, Brians suggests Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

To start a foundation in detective fiction look into Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” featuring detective C. Auguste Dupin is, according to Brians, the first in western detective fiction.

Levy’s favorite westerns include the works of Louis L’Amour and Cormac McCarthy (Blood Meridian). And for mystery/crime, he suggests authors Dennis Lehane and Elmore Leonard. Of course, the classic American adventure would be by Jack London.

Categories: Literature | Tags: Authors, Books, Literary genres, Reading