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bob-mustin's picture
Aug.25.2012
Let The Great World Spin, by Colum McCann   image via goodreads.com    This is about as complex a novel as you’re likely to find these days. That’s not praise, exactly, but neither is it a complaint. It’s about New York City in the grander perspective, probably why it was honored...
andrew-q-lam's picture
Aug.23.2012
  SAN FRANCISCO--When I was young, I used to eat food taken from a supermarket's garbage bin. We first came to America from Vietnam in the mid 70s as refugees, and my eldest brother got a job working in a supermarket across from our crowded, ramshackle apartment. Among his many chores he...
suellen-ocean's picture
Jul.26.2012
"Some jobs of a few years ago no longer exist. A good example is blacksmithing. There are very few blacksmiths left. The reason is clear. Since the automobile was invented the general use of horses and mules has been greatly reduced. Trucks, buses, and pleasure cars have taken the place of wagons...
jitu-rajgor's picture
Jun.22.2012
  Here they come and there they go, tourist,unknown their faces glow, but some one is sleeping, they would hardly know! Beautiful places & delicious dine, but only for you,he doesn't mind, but coin or a two all he needs, to make him again little supine. [ a beggar sleeping opposite the...
mayra-calvani's picture
Apr.25.2012
Getting Out of Dodge City, Heading for L.A. on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe is a short novel that reads like a memoir and that will appeal to those interested in black American history and the dynamics of poor black American families from the early 1800s to the 1960s. The story begins...
j-m-leitch's picture
Feb.13.2012
It's shocking to read in a BBC News report on 13 February that poverty has risen in Nigeria. According to the article, in spite of robust economic growth, almost 100 million people live on less than $1.00 a day. And, it warns, this rising trend is very likely to continue as it has been doing over...
jm-cornwell's picture
Feb.06.2012
A utopian paradise is possible as long as there are no people. The Shakers had it, but they all died out because sex was not an option, not even for procreation. No sex = no offspring = oblivion for the sect. Thomas More died for his utopian beliefs, and because he wouldn't agree that King Henry...
bob-mustin's picture
Jan.29.2012
  image via hollywoodreporter.com    Salvage The Bones, by Jesmyn Ward   I don’t remember why I bought this book. It probably wasn’t that it won the National Book Award for 2011; more likely that it’s about the Mississippi coast in the time prior to Hurricane Katrina. I have...
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Jan.15.2012
A little cooler today.  A number of people around me talking of the 49'ers win.   I watched tonight a forum on poverty hosted by Tavis Smiley on C-span.  Among the participants were Cornel West, Michael Moore, and Suze Ormond.  The general trend of the conversation was that the...
bob-mustin's picture
Dec.21.2011
End of the year magazine issues tend to be retrospectives, or the content seems more strained than usual. The January 2012 issue of Harper's Magazine seem to fall in line with the latter. However, there's one curious juxtaposition: A piece of first person reportage by Cecelia Balli, "Calderon's...