Audrey McCollum


Uncommon Neighbors

A bluebird alighted on our terrace one afternoon this spring. He perched where Bob, my husband, and I had shared hours of intimate conversation with Half and Susanne Zantop, our beloved next-door neighbors. Forest dwellers in Papua New Guinea, a Pacific nation in which we have often traveled, believe that birds embody spirits of the dead.

Toward An Ethical Media

To the Editor: The Dartmouth recently reported on April 13th ("Zantop Tragedy Inspires Books") that at least three books about the Zantop murders are in the works. Startlingly soon after the tragedy, I was contacted by a writer planning one such book.


I was a curious child, quick with words, and hoping to become a journalist. But a parent's mental illness diverted my curiosity toward psychology.