University of Chicago
The University of Chicago is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1890 by John D. Rockefeller, the school is located on a 217-acre campus in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, near Lake Michigan; the University of Chicago holds top-ten positions in various international rankings. The university is composed of an undergraduate college as well as various graduate programs and interdisciplinary committees organized into five academic research divisions. Beyond the arts and sciences, Chicago is well known for its professional schools, which include the Pritzker School of Medicine, the Booth School of Business, the Law School, the School of Social Service Administration, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, the Divinity School and the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies; the university has additional campuses and centers in London, Beijing and Hong Kong, as well as in downtown Chicago. University of Chicago scholars have played a major role in the development of many academic disciplines, including sociology, economics, literary criticism and the behavioralism school of political science.
Chicago's physics department and the Met Lab helped develop the world's first man-made, self-sustaining nuclear reaction beneath the viewing stands of university's Stagg Field, a key part of the classified Manhattan Project effort of World War II. The university research efforts include administration of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory, as well as the Marine Biological Laboratory; the university is home to the University of Chicago Press, the largest university press in the United States. With an estimated completion date of 2021, the Barack Obama Presidential Center will be housed at the university and include both the Obama presidential library and offices of the Obama Foundation; the University of Chicago has produced faculty members and researchers. As of 2018, 98 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the university as professors, faculty, or staff, making it a university with one of the highest concentrations of Nobel laureates in the world. 34 faculty members and 18 alumni have been awarded the MacArthur "Genius Grant".
In addition, Chicago's alumni and faculty include 54 Rhodes Scholars, 26 Marshall Scholars, 9 Fields Medalists, 4 Turing Award Winners, 24 Pulitzer Prize winners, 20 National Humanities Medalists, 16 billionaire graduates and a plethora of members of the United States Congress and heads of state of countries all over the world. The University of Chicago was incorporated as a coeducational institution in 1890 by the American Baptist Education Society, using $400,000 donated to the ABES to match a $600,000 donation from Baptist oil magnate and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, including land donated by Marshall Field. While the Rockefeller donation provided money for academic operations and long-term endowment, it was stipulated that such money could not be used for buildings; the Hyde Park campus was financed by donations from wealthy Chicagoans like Silas B. Cobb who provided the funds for the campus' first building, Cobb Lecture Hall, matched Marshall Field's pledge of $100,000. Other early benefactors included businessmen Charles L. Hutchinson, Martin A. Ryerson Adolphus Clay Bartlett and Leon Mandel, who funded the construction of the gymnasium and assembly hall, George C. Walker of the Walker Museum, a relative of Cobb who encouraged his inaugural donation for facilities.
The Hyde Park campus continued the legacy of the original university of the same name, which had closed in 1880s after its campus was foreclosed on. What became known as the Old University of Chicago had been founded by a small group of Baptist educators in 1856 through a land endowment from Senator Stephen A. Douglas. After a fire, it closed in 1886. Alumni from the Old University of Chicago are recognized as alumni of the present University of Chicago; the university's depiction on its coat of arms of a phoenix rising from the ashes is a reference to the fire and demolition of the Old University of Chicago campus. As an homage to this pre-1890 legacy, a single stone from the rubble of the original Douglas Hall on 34th Place was brought to the current Hyde Park location and set into the wall of the Classics Building; these connections have led the Dean of the College and University of Chicago and Professor of History John Boyer to conclude that the University of Chicago has, "a plausible genealogy as a pre–Civil War institution".
William Rainey Harper became the university's president on July 1, 1891 and the Hyde Park campus opened for classes on October 1, 1892. Harper worked on building up the faculty and in two years he had a faculty of 120, including eight former university or college presidents. Harper was an accomplished scholar and a member of the Baptist clergy who believed that a great university should maintain the study of faith as a central focus. To fulfill this commitment, he brought the Old University of Chicago's Seminary to Hyde Park; this became the Divinity School in the first professional school at the University of Chicago. Harper recruited acclaimed Yale baseball and football player Amos Alonzo Stagg from the Young Men's Christian Association training Shool at Springfield to coach the school's football program. Stagg was given a position on the first such athletic position in the United States. While coaching at the University, Stagg invented the numbered football jersey, the huddle, the lighted playing field.
Stagg is the namesake of the university's Stagg
The Aleutian Islands called the Aleut Islands or Aleutic Islands and known before 1867 as the Catherine Archipelago, are a chain of 14 large volcanic islands and 55 smaller ones belonging to both the U. S. state of Alaska and the Russian federal subject of Kamchatka Krai. They form part of the Aleutian Arc in the Northern Pacific Ocean, occupying an area of 6,821 sq mi and extending about 1,200 mi westward from the Alaska Peninsula toward the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, mark a dividing line between the Bering Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Crossing longitude 180°, at which point east and west longitude end, the archipelago contains both the westernmost part of the United States by longitude and the easternmost by longitude; the westernmost U. S. island in real terms, however, is Attu Island. While nearly all the archipelago is part of Alaska and is considered as being in the "Alaskan Bush", at the extreme western end, the small, geologically related Commander Islands belong to Russia.
The islands, with their 57 volcanoes, form the northernmost part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Physiographically, they are a distinct section of the larger Pacific Border province, which in turn is part of the larger Pacific Mountain System physiographic division; these Islands are most known for the battles and skirmishes that occurred there during the Aleutian Islands Campaign of World War II. It was one of only two attacks on the United States during that war. Motion between the Kula Plate and the North American Plate along the margin of the Bering Shelf ended in the early Eocene; the Aleutian Basin, the ocean floor north of the Aleutian arc, is the remainder of the Kula Plate that got trapped when volcanism and subduction jumped south to its current location at c. 56 Ma. The Aleutian island arc formed in the Early Eocene when the subduction of the Pacific Plate under the North American Plate began; the arc is made of separate blocks. The basement underlying the islands is made of three stratigraphic units: an Eocene layer of volcanic rock, an Oligocene—Miocene layer of marine sedimentary rock, a Pliocene—Quaternary layer of sedimentary and igneous rock.
The islands, known before 1867 as the Catherine Archipelago, comprise five groups the Fox Islands Islands of Four Mountains Andreanof Islands Rat Islands, Near IslandsAll five are located between 51° and 55° N latitude and 172° E and 163° W longitude. The largest islands in the Aleutians are Attu, Unalaska and Unimak in the Fox Islands; the largest of those is Unimak Island, with an area of 1,571.41 mi2, followed by Unalaska Island, the only other Aleutian Island with an area over 1,000 square miles. The axis of the archipelago near the mainland of Alaska has a southwest trend, but at Tanaga Island its direction changes to the northwest; this change of direction corresponds to a curve in the line of volcanic fissures that have contributed their products to the building of the islands. Such curved chains are repeated about the Pacific Ocean in the Kuril Islands, the Japanese chain, in the Philippines. All these island arcs are at the edge of the Pacific Plate and experience much seismic activity, but are still habitable.
The general elevation is least in the western. The island chain is a western continuation of the Aleutian Range on the mainland; the great majority of the islands bear evident marks of volcanic origin, there are numerous volcanic cones on the north side of the chain, some of them active. The coasts are rocky and surf-worn, the approaches are exceedingly dangerous, the land rising from the coasts to steep, bold mountains; these volcanic islands reach heights of 6,200 feet. Makushin Volcano located on Unalaska Island, is not quite visible from within the town of Unalaska, though the steam rising from its cone is visible on a clear day. Residents of Unalaska need only to climb one of the smaller hills in the area, such as Pyramid Peak or Mt. Newhall, to get a good look at the snow-covered cone; the volcanic Bogoslof and Fire Islands, which rose from the sea in 1796 and 1883 lie about 30 miles west of Unalaska Bay. In 1906, a new volcanic cone rose between the islets of Bogoslof and Grewingk, near Unalaska, followed by another in 1907.
These cones were nearly demolished by an explosive eruption on September 1, 1907. Newly found information in 2017, the volcanic cone erupted sending ash and ice particles 30,000 feet in the air; the Aleutians seen from space The climate of the islands is oceanic, with moderate and uniform temperatures and heavy rainfall. Fogs are constant. Summer weather is much cooler than Southeast Alaska, but the winter temperature of the islands and of the Alaska Panhandle is nearly the same. According to the Köppen climate classification system, the area southwest of 53.5°N 167.0°W / 53.5.
Willis Alan Ramsey
Willis Alan Ramsey is an American singer/songwriter, a cult legend among fans of Americana and Texas country. He was born in Birmingham and raised in Dallas, Texas. Ramsey graduated from Highland Park High School in 1969, was a prominent baritone in the school's Lads and Lassies Choir. In his senior year, he played a leading role in the musical Carousel, he released Willis Alan Ramsey, in 1972 on the Shelter label. The album included "Muskrat Candlelight", covered by America in 1973 and by Captain & Tennille in 1976. Owing to conflict with his label, Ramsey left Shelter at the end of his contract; as a result, Ramsey's fans have been waiting more than 40 years for the release of his "mythical second album". When asked where the new album is, he responds, "What's wrong with the first one?" In the 1980s, he moved to Great Britain to reconnect with his ancestry and study traditional and modern music narrative. At the same time, he enjoyed a revival in the United States, due in part to numerous artists who cut versions of Ramsey's songs, including Widespread Panic, Jerry Jeff Walker, Waylon Jennings, Shawn Colvin, Jimmy Buffett, Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
In 1989, he began performing again. Backed by Champ Hood, multi-instrumentalist, Ramsey could be found on the same bill with another Dallas singer-songwriter, Alison Rogers; the two continue to perform together. In 1996, Ramsey and Rogers co-wrote Lyle Lovett's hit, "That's Right". In 2000, Ramsey appeared on Austin City Limits, showcasing his new material and performing his classics, he is mixing his new album, Gentilly, so called since 1997. Gentilly is planned to be an independent release, financed by friends and fans from the Dallas and Austin area. Working with Jonathan Day of the band Pressbox. Co-produced by Ramsey, Alison Rogers and Jamie Oldaker, guest musicians include Oldaker. Ramsey and Everett Moran are engineering
Tok is a census-designated place in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, United States. The population was 1,258 at the 2010 census, down from 1,393 in 2000. Tok lies on a large, flat alluvial plain of the Tanana Valley between the Tanana River and the Alaska Range at an important junction of the Alaska Highway with the Glenn Highway. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 132.3 square miles, all of it land. Tok has a dry-winter continental subarctic climate; the weather station is at 1620 feet above sea level. Tok first appeared on the 1950 U. S. Census as the unincorporated village of "Tok Junction." The name was shortened to Tok as of the 1960 census. It was made a census-designated place in 1980; as of the census of 2000, there were 1,393 people, 534 households, 372 families residing in the census designated place. The population density was 10.5 people per square mile. There were 748 housing units at an average density of 5.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the CDP was 78.03% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 12.85% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.93% from other races, 7.61% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.08% of the population. There were 534 households out of which 39.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.3% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.12. In the CDP, the age distribution of the population shows 32.5% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, 5.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.6 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $37,941, the median income for a family was $49,219. Males had a median income of $45,375 versus $30,268 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $18,521. About 9.5% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.
There have been Athabascan Indian settlements in the region of. The town at the present location of Tok began in 1942 as an Alaska Road Commission camp used for construction and maintenance of the Alaska Highway. So much money was spent in the camp's construction and maintenance that it earned the nickname "Million Dollar Camp" from those working on the highway. In 1947 the first school opened, in 1958 a larger school was built to accommodate the many newcomers. In 1995 a new school was opened to provide for the larger community. A U. S. Customs Office was located in Tok between 1947 and 1971, when it was moved to the Canada–US border. In one version, the name Tok is derived from the Athabascan word for "peaceful crossing." The U. S. Geological Survey notes that the name "Tok River" was in use for the nearby river around 1901, the Athabascan name of "Tokai" had been reported for the same river by Lt. Allen in 1887. In another version the name is derived from the English words "Tokyo camp", although the major war benefit was supporting the transfer of airplanes to the Soviet Union.
Another version claims the name was derived from the canine mascot for one of the Engineer units that built the highways. The name has no connection to the western Alaskan community of Newtok. Another version comes from the proposed road construction of the highway to Richardson Highway. In the 1940s and 1950s, another highway, the Tok Cut-Off was constructed and connected Tok with the Richardson Highway at Glennallen, it was a "cut-off" because it allowed motor travelers from the lower United States to travel to Valdez and Anchorage in south-central Alaska without going further north to Delta Junction and traveling south on the Richardson Highway. When being surveyed from the air, the map marking showed the "T" intersection, the letters "OK" to confirm the location was suitable. Between 1954 and 1979, an 8-inch U. S. Army fuel pipeline operated from the port of Haines with a pump station in Tok. In July 1990 Tok faced extinction when a lightning-caused forest fire jumped two rivers and the Alaska Highway, putting both residents and buildings in peril.
The town was evacuated and the efforts of over a thousand firefighters could not stop the fire. At the last minute a "miracle wind" came up; the fire continued to burn the remainder of the summer burning more than 100,000 acres. On January 10, 2009, Tok made headlines with an unconfirmed temperature reading of −80 °F. Tok is part of the Alaska Gateway School District. Tok School, a K–12 campus, serves community students. There is a small University of Alaska office that provides distance and some local classes for the small community. Residents are served by the Tok Clinic and EMS. Roads connect Tok to both Fairbanks and Anchorage, but the drive is 3 hours 40 minutes or 6 hours 30 minutes, respectively. Therefore, once patients with serious medical conditions are stabilized, they are airlifted to a hospital/medical center in Fairbanks if further treatment is needed. There are a number of state parks in the vicinity of Tok; the Tok River State Recreation Site is a small 9 acres park 4.5 miles east of Tok.
It has a
Michael Craig Ruppert was an American writer and musician, Los Angeles Police Department officer, investigative journalist, political activist, peak oil awareness advocate known for his 2004 book Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil. From 1999 until 2006, Ruppert edited and published From The Wilderness, a newsletter and website covering a range of topics including international politics, the CIA, peak oil, civil liberties, economics and the nature of the 9/11 conspiracy, it attracted 22,000 subscribers. Ruppert was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Collapse, based on his book A Presidential Energy Policy and received The New York Times' "critics pick", he served as president of Collapse Network, Inc. from early 2010 until he resigned in May 2012. He hosted The Lifeboat Hour on Progressive Radio Network until his death in 2014. In 2014, Vice featured Ruppert in a 6-part series titled Apocalypse, a tribute album, Beyond the Rubicon was released by the band New White Trash, of which he had been a member.
Michael Ruppert was born on February 3, 1951 in Washington, D. C, his father, Ernest Charles Edward Ruppert III, had been a pilot in the US Air Force during World War II and worked for Martin Marietta, functioning as a liaison between the company, the CIA, the Air Force. His mother, was a cryptanalyst at the National Security Agency, working in a unit that cracked Soviet codes in order to track their nuclear physicists; the family moved fourteen times, living in seven different states settling in Los Angeles where Ruppert attended Venice High School, graduating in 1969. He attended UCLA, earning a B. A. in Political Science in 1973. During his senior year, he applied and interviewed for a position with the CIA but ended up turning down the subsequent offer, instead accepting a position with the Los Angeles Police Department. Ruppert joined the LAPD in 1973, he was assigned to handle narcotics investigations in the most dangerous neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Beginning in 1976, he made discoveries that led him to believe that he had stumbled onto a large network of narcotics traffickers and that the US military as well as the LAPD might be involved.
He resigned from the force in November 1978. On November 15, 1996 Director of Central Intelligence John Deutch visited Los Angeles' Locke High School for a town hall meeting. At the meeting, Ruppert publicly confronted Deutch, saying that in his experience as an LAPD narcotics officer he had seen evidence of CIA complicity in drug dealing, he went on to become an investigative journalist and established the publication From The Wilderness, a watchdog publication that exposed governmental corruption, including his experience with CIA drug dealing activities. Ruppert is the author of Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil, published in September 2004. Crossing The Rubicon suggests that Vice President Dick Cheney, the US government, Wall Street had a well-developed awareness of and colluded with the perpetrators of 9/11. Ruppert predicted the 2008 financial crisis in the US three years before it happened. From The Wilderness was a newsletter published from 1998 to 2006 by the media company, From The Wilderness Publications.
The newsletter covered governmental issues. It featured weekly updates online. In the summer of 2006, claiming government harassment, fearing for his life, Ruppert left the United States with Raul Santiago for Venezuela, vowing not to return; the Ashland Daily Tidings reported that, in June 2006, Ruppert had accused a former female employee of burglarizing the offices of From The Wilderness, a case in which Ruppert himself was considered a potential suspect. Around the same time, the former female employee accused him in turn of sexual harassment, she said. Ruppert denied that he had sexually harassed her, said that "the case was based on a deliberate attempt to discredit his work, a movie coming out about his views and his former newsletter, From The Wilderness." In 2009, Ruppert was ordered to pay a $125,000 fine by the Oregon labor board in the case. The end of From The Wilderness was announced in a post at the website on November 7, 2006. Reasons for the closure were detailed in the article.
Ruppert claimed his bad health, glitches that disabled their web store, "problems of human origin" and his departure to Venezuela had led to the demise of From The Wilderness. After shutting down, From the Wilderness was sued by their landlord for unpaid rent owed on their Ashland office space; that year, Ruppert flew to Toronto, for medical treatment. The following statement was posted on the From The Wilderness website on November 26, 2006: Personally, I am through forever with investigative journalism and public lecturing. I am leaving public life, it is my hope that by continuing to repeat this sincere position that many of the inexplicable difficulties which have dominated my life over the past months will ease. It is time to move on. I spent twenty-seven years as a dedicated public activist and, something which I am no longer able or inclined to do; the price was too great. Ruppert and his theories on peak oil were the subject of the 2009 documentary film Collapse, based on his book A Presidential Energy Policy and received The New York Times' "critics pick".
The book, Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World was released in December 2009. Peak oil, an event based on M. King Hubbert's theory, is the point in time when the maximum rate of extraction of petroleum is reached, after which the rate of produ
Travis McGee is a fictional character, created by American mystery writer John D. MacDonald. McGee is neither a private investigator. McGee appeared in 21 novels, from The Deep Blue Good-by in 1964 to The Lonely Silver Rain in 1984. In 1980, the McGee novel The Green Ripper won the National Book Award. All 21 books have the theme of a color in the title, one of the earliest examples of detective/mystery fiction series to have a'title theme' Travis McGee lives on a 52-foot houseboat dubbed The Busted Flush, docked at slip F-18 at Bahia Mar Marina, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A self-described "beach bum" who "takes his retirement in installments", he prefers to take on new cases only when the spare cash in a hidden safe in the Flush runs low. McGee owns a custom 1936 vintage Rolls-Royce, converted into a pickup truck by some previous owner long before he bought it, another previous owner painted it "that horrid blue". McGee named it Miss Agnes, after one of his elementary school teachers whose hair was the same shade.
McGee's business card reads "Salvage Consultant", most business comes by word of mouth. His clients are people who have been deprived of something important and/or valuable and have no way to regain it lawfully. McGee's usual fee is half the value of the item with McGee risking expenses, those who object to such a high fee are reminded that getting back half of something is better than owning all of nothing. Although the missing items are tangible, in several books McGee is asked to locate a missing person. In several instances, he shows a marked propensity to exact revenge for the ill-treatment or death of one of his few real friends. Physically, McGee is a tall, sandy-haired man with pale grey eyes. Several books hint that he is a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War; however books are less precise about when he served. In The Green Ripper, one of the novels, there are implications that his military service was during the Vietnam War rather than the Korean. In The Lonely Silver Rain he visits a bank safe-deposit box in which he keeps a few precious keepsakes including photos of his father and brother, "all long dead", he mentions that the box contains his Silver Star, Purple Heart, honorable discharge certificate, all awarded by the U.
S. Army to "Sergeant McGee", he has a daughter named Jean, unknown to him until she reveals herself in The Lonely Silver Rain as the result of a long-ago love affair. He was a stand-out college football player but says in A Deadly Shade of Gold that he never played professional football due to a knee injury. However, in The Turquoise Lament he admits to a sports-trivia fan that he played professional football for a couple of seasons before his knees were wrecked in a tackle by an opponent from the Detroit Lions. Despite his age, he retains the agility of a professional athlete, he stands 6′4″ tall and, although deceptively unimposing at his "fighting weight" of 205 lbs. he is much stronger than he looks, with thick wrists and long arms. McGee purposely cultivates an image of being uncoordinated and clumsy, but has superb reflexes and muscle memory, he has a 33-inch waist, wears a size 46 long jacket, a shirt with a 17 1/2″ neck and 34″ arms. McGee discusses his fitness regimen in terms of regaining his fitness after a lazy period: swimming and sprinting are mentioned.
At one time he was a pipe smoker, but gave it up in order to maintain his physical fitness. As a martial art strategy, he covers his face and blocks punches with his arms and elbows to lull and tire his opponent while studying that opponent's fighting style. In the final novel, McGee is described. McGee's early life and family are deliberately left undeveloped; the brother was swindled out of his savings in a scam involving a woman and a male accomplice and committed suicide. McGee's ethnicity is Irish-American. While McGee notes in Free Fall in Crimson he has "cut a wide swath through a wall of female flesh", he is honest and cynical enough to understand what this says about himself; this is a part of his introspective nature that appears throughout the series, with observations about society around him, with particular notice paid to the changing Florida environment. McGee's cynical image of himself, some variation of which appears in every book in the series, is as a knight in rusty armor with a broken lance and swaybacked steed, fighting for what he fears are outdated or unrealistic ideals—these are allusions to Don Quixote.
In his romantic view of the world he bears a resemblance to Robert B. Parker's Spenser. Professor Hugh Merrill, MacDonald's biographer, suggests that d
Richard G. Stern
Richard Gustave Stern was an American novelist, short story writer, educator. Stern was born in New York City on February 25, 1928, he attended the University of North Carolina from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in 1947. After a year working in Indiana and New York City, he went to Harvard University where he received an MA in English Literature. In 1949, he taught as a Fulbright Scholar in France. From 1950-51 he was an assistant professor and taught at Heidelberg University. From 1952-54, he was a member of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and received a PhD from the University of Iowa in 1954. After a year teaching at Connecticut College in New London, he came to the University of Chicago where he taught from 1955-2002, he retired as Helen A Regenstein Professor of English and American Literature in 2004. During his tenure at the University of Chicago, Stern was involved in the "suppression" of the "beat edition" of the Chicago Review. At the time the Chicago Review was a student/faculty literary publication published by the University of Chicago.
The editor was Irving Rosenthal. The "beat edition" of the Review was to include excerpts from Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs, a few Jack Kerouac stories. According to Rosenthal, along with Joshua Taylor, another faculty member, wanted to suppress the winter issue, being himself "so quick to protect the administration." Stern's own account of the "so-called suppression" appeared in "How I Think I Got to Think the Way I Think" in The Republic of Letters. It recounts Stern's successful attempt not only to save the review but to keep the following issue from dropping any of the pieces, accepted. Rosenthal and Paul Carroll, the Review's co- editors, founded Big Table, using submissions which Stern and the other student editors claimed belonged to the Review. Furthermore, the previous issue of the Review included an excerpt from Naked Lunch along with work by other Beats. In 1960, Stern published his first novel, Golk the novels Europe or Up and Down with Baggish and Schreiber, In Any Case, Other Men's Daughters, Natural Shocks, A Father's Words, Pacific Tremors.
There have been short story collections culminating in his collected stories, Almonds to Zhoof published in 2004, his 21st book. Of this last book, a reviewer in the New Republic, called Stern "the best American author of whom you have never heard." This indeed has been the tag associated with Mr. Stern for the last quarter of a century. "I was a has-been before I'd been a been," was a well-known self-deprecation as was the word of Richard Schickel that Mr. Stern "was famous for not being famous". Stern published another collection of essays, What is What Was, in 2002. Like his other essay collections, this one demonstrates that his astute observations in fiction are equal to, derived from, his acute views on news and culture. In 1985, Stern received the Medal of Merit for the Novel, awarded to a novelist every six years by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his many other awards was the Heartland Award for the best work of non-fiction which Stern received for his memoir, published in 1995.
Stern has been praised by many of the great writers and critics of the last fifty years, among them Anthony Burgess, Flannery O'Connor, Howard Nemerov, Thomas Berger, Hugh Kenner, Sven Birkerts, Richard Ellmann, as well as his close friends Tom Rogers, Saul Bellow, Donald Justice, Philip Roth. He enjoyed literary acquaintances and friendships with such figures as Samuel Beckett, Ezra Pound, Robert Lowell, Lillian Hellman, Jorge Luis Borges; some of Stern's students at the University of Chicago went on to become distinguished writers themselves such as Douglas Unger, Robert Coover, Austin Wright, Campbell McGrath, Peter LaSalle, Alane Rollings, as well as the well-known journalists Seymour Hersh, David Brooks and Mike Taibbi. At 80, Stern continued to write, his books remain in print through Northwestern University Press and University of Chicago Press. From 2006 onwards he maintained a blog with The New Republic; the most recent book about Stern and his work was published in 2001: The Writings of Richard Stern: The Education of an Intellectual Everyman, by David Garrett Izzo.
See James Schiffer's study, Richard Stern, published by Twayne/Macmillan in 1993. Richard G. Stern at Find David Garrett; the writings of Richard Stern: the education of an intellectual everyman. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-1182-5. Schiffer, James. Richard Stern. Twayne's United States authors series. New York: Twayne Publishers. ISBN 978-0-8057-4007-3. Schiffer, James. "Richard Stern". In Brook, J. M. Dictionary of literary biography. 1987. Detroit, Mich.: Gale. Pp. 371–87. ISBN 978-0-8103-1835-9