Thanks to a poem submitted by Scott McVay, U.S. 1’s Summer Fiction issue raised the question of who gets admitted into New Jersey’s Hall of Fame (people such as Albert Einstein, Bruce Springsteen, and Yogi Berra, among others in the first round of inductions) and who didn’t (Walt Whitman, Ben Shahn and Sarah Vaughn, as McVay wrote in his poem).
As McVay noted after his reading, Whitman has now been inducted, in the second round. And so was another author closely associated with this year’s Summer Fiction issue — F . Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald, in U.S. 1? Did you miss it? In fact he graced the cover — at least a brick with his name on it that was part of the cover photograph inspired by Wendy Matthews’ poem set in Palmer Square’s Tiger Park.
We will allow our editor, Richard K. Rein, to provide a longer review of last week’s reception for the Summer Fiction writers and readers (see page 46), but we will tell you that another writer whose name was emblazoned on that cover was in fact present at the reception. That’s Phyllis Spiegel, a freelancer whose family sponsored a brick in that park — a brick that ended up placed immediately above Thornton Wilder and to the right of Fitzgerald. Good company for Phyllis, and good company for us and more than 100 other literary-minded people when she showed up at the reception.
Meanwhile, thanks again to McVay’s poem, we have our radar on that New Jersey Hall of Fame. We are hopeful that some more people who have graced the pages of this paper over the past quarter century will also find their way in. This week we received a press release from the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) nominating Princeton architect Michael Graves.
In nominating the Nassau Street-based Graves, the New Jersey chapter AIA president described Graves as “an early exponent of post-modernism,” with a “signature style acclaimed for its expression of enduring design principles such as composition, proportion, scale and unity, rather than of the latest trend.”
Graves’ architectural practice has designed over 350 buildings worldwide encompassing many building types. Since the early 1980s, his work has directly influenced the transformation of architecture from the preoccupation with buildings that reflect the abstraction of commercial modernism to those that display a sensitivity to geographical, architectural, and historical context.
“As New Jersey’s most famous architect, Michael Graves deserves a place in the New Jersey Hall of Fame,” the AIA proclaimed. “His is one of the most influential voices in American architecture today.”
U.S. 1’s annual Fall Arts Preview will be published Wednesday, September 16, listing cultural events coming to Princeton and central New Jersey in the coming months. If you represent an arts organization in our area and you have not yet notified us of your schedule, E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not only will it appear in our Fall Arts Preview issue, but also it will be posted in our events database at www.princetoninfo.com.