Letters from alumni about the film A Beautfiul Mind
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With all the excitement generated by the filming of A Beautiful Mind, the recent release of the film, and your coverage in the January 30 issue, I thought you might be interested to know that the game Go/WeiQi featured in an early scene is still played regularly at Princeton.
The Princeton Go club was started in the mid-1940's by math professor Ralph Fox. Tournaments and lectures by visiting professional players took place in the old Fine Hall common room described in your editorial. The club has been active ever since. Dr. Nash was a member of the American Go Association until the late 1970's.
The Princeton club is hosting the New Jersey Open Go tournament on Alumni Day weekend in the Third World Center. That tournament, held annually for 43 years, has been played on the Princeton campus since 1990. Any alumni with connections to Go on campus are welcome to drop in.
Rick Mott '73
Editor's Note: For an article about Go, click here.
I was discouraged to see that two of the three articles devoted to the film A Beautiful Mind in January 30s PAW largely focused on the irrelevant details of the film and book: Fine Tower and the representativeness of Hollywood extras. The shortest of the three mentioned the importance of the film for bringing attention to schizophrenia, but none of them state what is perhaps the most salient feature of this Golden Globe-winning film and screenplay: It is the most accurate and moving portrayal of the internal world of someone with schizophrenia ever brought to the general publics attention.
About 60 million people across the world suffer from schizophrenia, yet most of the rest of the world has been completely unaware of what the illness is. There is a good chance that, due to the quality of this film and book, and the poignancy of Russell Crowes portrayal of John Nash, this situation is about to change considerably. Perhaps the PAW, rather than following in the footsteps of Entertainment Tonight by focusing on the bright and shiny details of this media event, could lead the way in bringing the truth of the tragedy of schizophrenia more squarely under the spotlight.
Richard Keefe 80
Editor's Note: For an essay by Dr. Keefe about schizophrenia, click here.
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