From Plato to Skateboard Dudes: Faculty Releases New Titles

Plato's Cratylus: Argument, Form, and Structure
By Michael W. Riley '72
Rodopi, Spring 2005

Plato's Cratylus has been considered a brilliant but enigmatic dialogue that can be beautiful and humorous in style, but puzzling in meaning. Michael W. Riley, associate professor of classical languages and faculty member in the Integral Program, now provides a new translation that, in the words of the publisher, "explains how the Cratylus, Plato's apparently meandering and comical dialogue on the correctness of names, makes serious philosophical progress by its notorious and zany etymological digressions."

Riley has taught at Saint Mary's since 1982, and his new book is the latest in a series of books published by Rodopi collected as Studies in the History of Western Philosophy. Robert Delfi no, the series editor, describes Riley's book as "beautiful in every way: scholarly, well-written, bold, original."


Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude And Other Commandments I Have Broken
By Rosemary Graham
Viking, Fall 2005

In Rosemary Graham's new work of adolescent fiction, teenager Kelsey Wilcox has just moved to Berkeley, where she definitely feels like an outsider, but her adjustment is only beginning.

Graham's first novel, My Not-So-Terrible Time at the Hippie Hotel, was well-received by reviewers, and it was named one of the young adults choices for 2005 by the International Reading Association. A professor of English and drama who teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing, Graham attributes some of her success to her Saint Mary's students and colleagues. In January 2004, she told the San Francisco Chronicle that her students give her a sense of how teens use the English language and the program's authors inspire her.