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Archive for July, 2013

July 2013 in Black Lamb

Volume 11, Number 7 — July 2013

July 1st, 2013

The Black Lamb Review of Books X

In our 10th annual Black Lamb Review of Books, Terry Ross begins with a question: Poetry is dead, played out. Nobody reads it. True or false? And if true, why? In Richard Russo’s hometown John M. Daniel explores this novelist’s depiction of the place he grew up. Andi Diehn remembers a youth of insatiable reading in Book-colored glasses.

In Finally, the truth, Toby Tompkins reviews Nicholson Baker’s 2008 book Human Smoke. M.A. Orthofer comments on a Proust book in Help is on the way. In eZ reading, Rod Ferrandino relates how he made peace with his Kindle. Doug Bruns reviews Jim Harrison’s The Great Leader in A rare voice. In Publish & be damned, Ed Goldberg offers tips on self-publishing. In Out of season, Andi Diehn reviews Barry Estabrook’s cautionary book Tomatoland. Brad Bigelow reflects on poet Helen Bevington’s third volume of memoirs in Not quiet and not really calm. In Mad jealous Jessica Ferri reviews a funny-girl memoir she wishes she’d written. Lee Polevoi recalls a Denis Johnson novel in Neglected masterpiece. In Leading critic, M.A. Orthofer reviews a book of Cynthia Ozick’s essays. Dan Peterson chooses his favorite sports books in The five best.

Three more figures from the world of literature — English novelist Hilary Mantel, American novelist Richard Russo, and English novelist William Makepeace Thackeray — are ushered into our pantheon of Honorary Black Lambs and The Ultimate Literary Calendar. Our monthly lamb recipe, from Greece, is for Atlas Mountain Soup. In Mea culpa, advice columnist Millicent Marshall apologizes for having criticized a fellow graduate student for loving Anthony Trollope. And Professor Avram Khan gives us another challenging Black Lamb Word Puzzle.

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Book-colored glasses

July 1st, 2013

BY ANDI DIEHN

I envy the way my oldest son reads, stretched out on the living room couch, all of a sudden this year taking up most of three cushions. Watch his face: his lips move, his eyebrows raise and lower in drastic measures, he smiles, winces, gapes, and falls still all in a mere breath.

He practices the cliché – he devours books. But, even better, the books devour him.

l'engleI used to be the same way. When I was about ten a pen pal came to visit from all the way across the country and I didn’t notice her for a few days after discovering a copy of Madeleine L’Engle’s Meet the Austins in her suitcase.

“Want to go swimming?” she would ask. “Want to ride bikes? Want to watch TV?”

No. I was reading. I was busy becoming an Austin.

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