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This article was prepared for the May 19, 2004 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Between the Lines

Authors and poets, it is time to submit your work to the annual U.S. 1 fiction issue, scheduled this year for July 28. It is an unusual issue for us. We take a break from copy editing stories about entrepreneurs, artists, and scientists, and we get to enjoy the short stories and poetry.

There’s always the hope that, buried among the entries, will be a writer who will go on to greatness. A hitherto undiscovered writer might be working in a lab on College Road, an office at the Carnegie Center, or at a retail store on Palmer Square.

You may have seen the New York Times Style section on Sunday, May 9, when it featured Spencer Reece, dubbed the “Brooks Brothers Poet.” Reece had been writing poetry since his days at Wesleyan, but his day job was selling blazers at Brooks Brothers. For 23 years his writing talent went unrecognized, but this year he won a fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Good news piled on good news: A poem he wrote about working at a mall is being published in an anthology; and the New Yorker is buying one of his poems:

So submit your entries (see the entry guidelines on page 24). Big success might come to you.

Another “call for participation” is for the annual technology expo and showcase. This year it is set for Thursday, September 2, at the Westin. Just as the fiction issue is unusual, so it is also unusual to have a free public forum that is run for the public interest by a for-profit enterprise, not by a professional society, and that is attended by a lot of well-versed people.

A dozen years ago it was enough to bring out the present — current examples of technology. People wanted to see what the newest monitor and the fastest printer looked like. By the mid 1990s people wanted more: they wanted to know about the future.

U.S. 1 has had a cavalcade of innovative people at these forums, ranging from Charlie Kreitzberg of Cognetics to Steve Sashihara of Princeton Consultants. Over the years we have featured some E-commerce companies that prospered and some that did not. For biotech, we have had a good score, with speakers like Dale Pfost in 2000 and Lisa Drakeman in 2002. Pfost may be gone from Orchid Bioscience, but Orchid is still alive, and Drakeman’s Genmab is flourishing.

To the Editor

Yes, we’re bullish on books in the Princeton area, and it was good to see books get so much ink in U.S. 1 (May 12). But how can you cover local bookreading and ignore the new bookstore coming to Princeton this summer? The library move left a vacuum in the Princeton Shopping Center, and that vacuum will be filled — soon, one hopes — as it should, with a new place to buy a good read.

Tobias D. Robison

Critical Paths

Editor’s note: The writer, a long-time resident of Princeton, develops software and still finds time to buy a few books. He is currently consulting at Sarnoff. We will report on the new bookstore when it opens.

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