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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.


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June 2003 in Black Lamb

Volume 1, Number 6 — March 2003

June 1st, 2003


The All-Book Issue

In this, our first All-Book Issue, Editor Terry Ross describes how close this came to being a (shudder!) All James Michener Issue. In our page 2 feature, Wondrous Land, Cate Garrison pays homage to Lewis Carroll. D.K. Holm celebrates the film critic Robin Wood. In Memorable Miss Osborne, Grant Menzies remembers the first book that made him cry. Jim Patton (Mighty Marcel) claims that Proust is the all-time best. In The Man Who Couldn’t Think Straight, Greg Roberts takes Henry David Thoreau to task.

Zach Duncas sets the record straight on Sherlock Holmes in The Morocco Case. In I Hate Books, Lane Browning chronicles her disillusionments with great authors. Michele Gendelman writes a loving parody of Jane Eyre in Charlotte Triumphant. Steffen Silvis sings a hymn of praise to the D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths. In Sic Transit Horror Mundi Dean Suess confesses his inability to read a great novel. D.K. Holm salutes the menory of Lennie Bruce. In Nineteen Years Later, Stephen Starbuck takes a look at Orwell’s 1984. Laurie Wimmer Whelan maintains that All the President’s Men made her what she is today. In Sam and Jane, Emily Emerson finds connections between, of all people, Jane Austen and Samuel Beckett. Alan Albright reveals how a chapter in one of Gurdjieff’s books led to a street business in Greenwich Village. Andrew Darrel recalls with horror the excesses of the rule of Charles I of England. Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B. expresses his admiration for Czeslaw Milosz in Poet and Model. David Maclaine tells how he modelled his lifestyle on the adventures of Freddy the Pig. In God in an Awful Mood, Gene Ryder regrets the lack of comfort in the Bible. Rebecca Owen confesses to a shameful reading habit in Trash and Me. Gillian Wilce thinks that her most memorable reading moments came from poetry. In Praise for the Indolent, Bud Gardner remembers The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment. Ed Goldberg reflects on a life of reading in Books Aren’t Life, but Then What Is? Wordsmith Joel Hess remembers two books on language that set him on his life’s course. Our Honorary Black Lamb column salutes famous authors born in June. A LIterary Quiz offers 25 ingenious want ads with literary clues. In Don’t Ask, Lane Browning answers readers’ questions on tipping, dog walking, and airplane black boxes. In her column Dear Carol, Carol Wolfe looks back on her favorite books of 2002. Our Black Lamb Recipe serves up Shashlyk (Georgian skewered lamb). And Reg Arcati, Jr. challenges the reader with another Black Lamb Cryptic Crossword.

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