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August 2008 in Black Lamb

Volume 6, Number 8 — August 2008

August 1st, 2008

In our cover article, Zoo story, editor Terry Ross urges an end to confining wild animals for human entertainment. In our p. 2 feature, The joy of quitting, Gillian Wilce celebrates the freedom of walking out of the theatre before the play is finished. Ed Goldberg offers a hilarious introduction to an imaginary book in Uncorrected proof, and then writes a heartfelt obituary for Elias Bates, a k a Bo Diddley, who died June 9 at age 79.

In Reefer madness, Elizabeth Hart prepares to send her teenage daughter to Australia. Rod Ferrandino witnesses a tornado threatening a Virginia wine, art, and music festival in Storm warning. In A summer place, Toby Tompkins recalls a magical moment forty-five years ago on the Connecticut short of Long Island Sound. Former penitentiary inmate Dean Suess takes Oscar Wilde to task for dishonesty in J’accuse! J’accuse! Rosemary McLeish makes it through all The history plays with a new appreciation for Shakespeare. In Art in person, David Maclaine reflects on the difficulty of enjoying paintings in a provincial museum. Englishwoman Cate Garrison ruminates on her latest annual trip to the Olde Sod and finds that the U.S. and the U.K. are both Where the heart is. In Bel Paese, Dan Peterson looks forward to watching the ladies strut their stuff on Italian beaches. Leslie Russell sings the praises of beekeeper Sue Hubbell and resolves to start some hives herself in Honey as metaphor. In Family matters, Karla Powell remembers her mother and father. Bill Bogert chronicles a happy graduation ceremony (Close to tears) in the nation’s capital. In Mortal thoughts, Bud Gardner maintains that it’s not easy for a rural lawyer to retire. Our Honorary Black Lambs column salutes Canadian author Robertson Davies on his birthday. A Literary Sampler offers ten entertaining excerpts from authors mentioned in this month’s issue. Bridge columnist Trixie Barkis shows how trumping your own AKQ may sometimes be the only way to succeed. Our Wretched Excess column offers yet another superb product from the Whole Whog Catalog: the Suppository Key Fob. We reprint a former Black Lamb article by Steffen Silvis, a wonderful celebration of D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths, and follow that with a hilarious column from 2003 by Black Lamb’s first advice columnist, Carol Wolfe. And Avram Khan proffers yet another challenging Black Lamb Word Puzzle. •

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