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The All-Animal Issue

Volume 14, Number 2 — May 2016

May 1st, 2016

This May issue of Black Lamb, slightly delayed in settling into its nest online, is called The All-Animal Issue. So naturally it includes essays about dogs and cats, the most popular pet animals. But there’s also a horse, some budgies, and a few goats.

Following these are our pantheon of Honorary Black Lambs, our Black Lamb recipe, and Millicent Marshall’s invaluable advice column.

As always, we are confident that you will find stimulation and mental nourishment in these pages. •

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January 2016 in Black Lamb

January 1st, 2016

In our first online issue of January 2016, Editor Terry Ross looks back briefly on Black Lamb’s first 13 years. In Lords of the screens, D.K. Holm notes the childishness of movies. Emily Emerson reflects on a feature of country life in Pruning. In House of mirth, Michele Gendelman maintains that comedy is in her family’s genes. Steffen Silvis examines a forgotten nemesis of T.S. Eliot in Poet of parts. In Fan on the water, Toby Tompkins recalls his father’s death. Writing from Tel Aviv, Rochelle Singer celebrates a Torah in the street. In Pedophile heroes of 9/11, James Prunty rues society’s tendency to demonize. Greg Roberts explains how he pissed his life away in Programmed to fish. In Kramnik crushed, James McQuillen reports on the confluence of chess and pro wrestling. Signing in from India, Randall Giles notices the prevalence of very loud public music in Godawful din. In The sweetest sound, Ed Goldberg waxes sentimental about his grandpa and a pennywhistle. Elizabeth Fournier lists 15 things that please her in What’s not to like? In Gasping for breath, Doug Bruns reflects that his life’s journey is neither finished nor purposeful. John M. Daniels offers a selection of Very short stories. In An instant classic, Brad Bigelow reviews Nâzim Hikmet’s novel in verse. M.A. Orthofer reviews Patrick Modiano in Nobel thriller. Advice columnist Millicent Marshall answers a reader’s plaintive and angry question. And we welcome American western writers Robinson Jeffers and Jack London into our star-studded gallery of Honorary Black Lambs. •

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October 2015 in Black Lamb

Volume 13, Number 10 — October 2015

October 1st, 2015

In October’s Issue, Terry Ross and Toby Tompkins examine the phenomenon of racism, Mr. Tompkins in Growing up racist and Mr. Ross in Looking for a definition. In Home at last, Elizabeth Fournier relates how she found her career workplace. Rochelle Singer, writing from Tel Aviv, describes a rare peaceful scene in Seeing. In The world’s shortest stories John M. Daniel examines a growing literary genre. Brad Babendir reviews Michael Dirda’s book about books, Browsings. M.A. Orthofer takes on The Camp of the Saints, Jean Raspail’s notorious book about Europe being overrun by races from the south. Brad Bigelow reviews an out-of-print book by Josephine Herbst, an unfairly forgotten writer of the mid-twentieth century.

We welcome novelists John Cooper Powys and Fannie Hurst into our glittering gallery of Honorary Black Lambs. Bridge champ Trixie Barkis poses a couple of new card problems. Our lamb recipe of the month is for Chipotle Lamb Tacos. Advice columnist Millicent Marshall talks about today’s pernicious and widespread use of people’s given names. And Professor Avram Khan submits another thorny word puzzle.

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September 2015 in Black Lamb

Volume 13, Number 9 — September 2015

September 1st, 2015

The All-Drugs Issue

In September’s All-Drugs Issue, John M. Daniel examines a favorite weed in Marijuana mythtique. In My boozy blind dates, Elizabeth Fournier wonders why men think being shitfaced makes them attractive. Toby Tompkins doesn’t take illegal drugs anymore, but in Pharmacopoeia he lists his legal ones. In Escape from pain, Karla Powell names the reason for drug use but advocates stoicism instead. Greg Roberts takes the responsibility for the drug culture squarely on his shoulders in Blame us boomers. The Great Aphorist is M.A. Orthofer’s review of a fascinating book by Pierre Senges. Brad Bigelow reviews Peter Greave’s book about leprosy in Ugly disease, lovely writing; he also reviews a book about light verse by Helen Bevington. Terry Ross hails a marvelous first novel by a seventy-five-year-old author — Susan Altstatt’s Belshangles — in Super début.

We welcome William Carlos Williams and we grudgingly admit Ken Kesey into our gallery of Honorary Black Lambs. Bridge champ Trixie Barkis poses a couple of new card problems. Our recipe of the month is for Creamy Lamb Stew. Advice columnist Millicent Marshall talks about drugs. And Professor Avram Khan submits another tricky word puzzle.

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August 2015 in Black Lamb

Volume 13, Number 8 — August 2015

August 1st, 2015

In August’s issue, Terry Ross looks at the USA’s inept immigration industry in Those huddled masses. In Living in a sitcom, Elizabeth Fournier remembers sharing a house in San Francisco. Thou swell, thou witty, thou sad is the title of John M. Daniel’s article on the death of Lorenz Hart. Lorentz Lossius gets high in Turkey with Kurdish pals. In When is a rat not a rat? Susan Bennett recounts overcoming her distaste for rodents. M.A. Orthofer reviews Michel Houellebecq’s controversial novel Submission in The end of civilization? In Upstaged, Brad Bigelow reviews an unfairly forgotten novel by Jane Mayhall.

We welcome classicist Edith Hamilton and novelist V.S.Naipaul into our exclusive club of Honorary Black Lambs. In Unbeautiful neighborhood, advice columnist Millicent Marshall holds forth on unsightly cables and dusty shrubs. And Professor Khan gives us another of his challenging word puzzles.

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July 2015 in Black Lamb

Volume 13, Number 7 — July 2015

July 1st, 2015

The Black Lamb Review of Books XIII

In July’s special book issue, John M. Daniel revisits favorite books in Trilogies & quartets. In Revisiting Camus, M.A. Orthofer reviews Kamel Daoud’s reimagining of The Stranger. Toby Tompkins reviews a book about the causes of World War I in Paranoia. In Personal impressions, Brad Bigelow reviews one of the best books ever written about World War II. Lee Matalone reviews a fine collection of Italo Calvino’s stories in Significance galore. In His best novel, Walter Biggins reviews a collection of Jim Harrison’s Brown Dog novellas. Elizabeth Fournier takes a look back at Nancy Mitford in In the business. In Summer reading, Terry Ross reviews Susan Altstatt’s remarkable debut novel Belshangles and three other books. And Lane Browning reviews a book about a found photo in Mystery image.

We welcome literary critic Lionel Trilling and novelist Cormac McCarthy into our roster of Honorary Black Lambs. Bridge writer Trixie Barkis describes another tricky bit of cardplay. We offer our umpteenth delicious lamb recipe. Millicent Marshall again answers reader’s questions. And Professor Khan proffers another of his challenging word puzzles.

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June 2015 in Black Lamb

Volume 13, Number 6 — June 2015

June 1st, 2015

In June’s issue, Terry Ross discusses libraries in Pantheon of books. In Loess is more, John M. Daniel salutes songwriter/lyricist Frank Loesser. Toby Tompkins confesses a need to make himself invisible in Hidey holes. In Scaredy-cat girl, Elizabeth Fournier recalls an unsettling road trip. Karla Kruggel Powell makes a plea for the wild wolf in Reintroducing ourselves. Lorentz Lossius offers a sixteenth installment of his Turkey diary. In Don’t cry for me, Nicaragua, Rene Mendieta tells the story of his coming to America. M.A.Orthofer reviews Kamel Daoud’s fictional revisit of Camus’s L’Étranger. In The examined life, Brad Bigelow examines the writing career of Alice Koller.

Renaissance dramatist Ben Jonson and contemporary short story writer Tobias Wolff are this month’s Honorary Black Lambs. Bridge writer Trixie Barkis sets us more problems to solve. A Lamb-Rice Casserole is June’s yummy lamb recipe. Millicent Marshall again answers reader’s questions, and Professor Khan tries to stump us (again) with one of his fiendish word puzzles.

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May in Black Lamb

Volume 13, Number 5 — May 2015

May 1st, 2015

The All-Sex Issue

In May’s All-Sex Issue (July will All-Drugs and September All-Rock ‘n’ Roll), Terry Ross examines society’s fixation on all things sexual in Obsession. In Selfish jerk, Elizabeth Fournier details her blind date with the mayor of a California city. John M. Daniel salutes Cole Porter in Clever, classy, & sassy. In Getting lucky, Toby Tompkins remembers an episode from when he was just seventeen. Lorentz Lossius gives us an atmospheric poem about cruising, In Central Park. In Choose your sex… if you can, we reveal a list of more than 50 “official” gender designations. In commemoration of Memorial Day, Vietnam vet Michael McCusker makes a plea for peace in Recruiting tomorrow’s dead. As usual, we offer a selection of insightful book reviews.

And, as always, our regular departments: our Honorary Black Lambs from the world of literature, our delicious lamb recipe, our incomparable bridge columnist Trixie Barkis, and our word puzzle master, Dr. Khan.•

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April 2015 in Black Lamb

Volume 13, Number 4 — April 2015

April 1st, 2015

In April’s issue, Lane Browning profiles Laura Bridgman, a handicapped woman who preceded Helen Keller by fifty years but was even more exceptional. In Not the sharpest tool in the box, Elizabeth Fournier recalls one of her many horrible blind dates. Toby Tompkins documents his own contact with Scientology in Unclear. In Out of my mouth, Terry Ross laments the disappearance of genuinely shocking foul language. John M. Daniel reflects on role reversals in Are you comfortable? A selection of perceptive book reviews follows.

And, as always, our regular departments: our Honorary Black Lambs from the world of literature, our delicious lamb recipe, our incomparable bridge columnist Trixie Barkis, and our word puzzle master, Dr. Khan.

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March 2015 in Black Lamb

Volume 13, Number 3 — March 2015

March 1st, 2015

The All-Clothing Issue

In March’s All-Clothing Issue, editor Terry Ross takes a hard look at contemporary clothing styles. In The woman in the black silk dress, John M. Daniel evokes his great-great-grandmother. Toby Tompkins says that at various times in our lives, we are all playing roles and wearing the appropriate Costumes. In Funeral dress, Elizabeth Fournier expounds on the correct attire for studying mortuary science. Our book reviewers weigh in on volumes having to do with apparel.

And, as always, our regular departments: our Honorary Black Lambs from the world of literature, our delicious lamb recipe, our incomparable bridge columnist Trixie Barkis, and our word puzzle master, Dr. Khan.

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