WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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I rely on scene setting as crutch when I should spend more time devel- oping characters. WWM: How has your wife, painter Jean Lightman, influenced you as an artist? AL: I've learned a lot about art from her, about the painting world. She shows me things both in her own paintings and in others' when we go to an art gallery. She taught me to notice things I wouldn't have noticed. Over the years, having learned from her, I'm a better critic of paintings. And, she does exactly the same thing for my writing. She's been the first reader of almost everything I've written. After we have discussed my writ- ing and that of other people, she has become a much better critic. I trust her to tell me that a passage needs more detail or whether a character didn't seem real. In addition, all artists need a lot of solitude. That doesn't mean they're not social too. Jean's very social, but she greatly values her time alone in her studio, and I value my time alone also. As artists, we have an appreciation of each other's needs, which is really beautiful. WWM: Let's talk about your contributions to the field of physics. Can you explain to WellesleyWeston's readers what you consider to be your greatest achievement in physics? AL: My work on the astrophysics of black holes is probably my most important accomplishment. A part of my career was spent, using math- ematical calculations, to figure out exactly how gas and stars would be affected by a black hole, and then making predictions. I then compared those to observations through a telescope. WWM: You explore scientific and religious themes in your novels, especially Mr. G, which is a whimsical look at the beginning of the universe. Can you talk more about this? 68 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8

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