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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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May 2007 in Black Lamb

Volume 5, Number 5 — May 2007

May 1st, 2007


In our cover story Greg Roberts humorously exposes America’s remaining — and flourishing — child-labor sweatshop: newspaper delivery. In our page 2 feature, California Dreaming, Terry Ross finds a serious clash of cultures on a road trip to southern California. Actor William Bogert reveals that for him The Best Show Ever was a stage production of Peter Pan more than 50 years ago. Lorentz Lossius (In and Out of God’s Ear) ranges from Melbourne to New York to the Pacific Northwest as a professional cathedral singer.

Rod Ferrandino hilariously describes a hellish south Florida crafts fair in How Hot Was It? In Invitation to Stray Gillian Wilce offers evocative advice on visiting London: let yourself meander — on foot. Toby Tompkins contends that Plagiarism may be hard to define, but, like pornography, we know it when we see it. In Carpe Diem David Maclaine describes an ordinary day in which he is nevertheless able to “snatch a few hours of unalloyed joy.” In Dumb Jocks? Dan Peterson argues that professional athletes aren’t stupid, they’re just ignorant. Life Goes On: Elizabeth Hart discovers the miracles — and humor — of emergency medical care when she fractures her leg in a freak accident. Dean Suess’s Study in Scarlet lays out the characters in a grim melodrama: ex-cons and the females who put up with them. In the 18th chapter of her saga concerning her family and a devilish, loveable dog called JJ, Cate Garrison describes a home fire drill gone wrong. In My Spiritual Practice Sage Cohen reveals that an internet dating service has become her “virtual house of worship.” Central Florida was once a vast sea; in It’s in Their Bones Alan Albright explores the calcium and (covert) uranium industries that have created a network of small lakes. Our Honorary Black Lambs column honors Canadian nature writer Farley Mowat and Chicago author Studs Terkel on their birthdays. Trixie Barkis, our bridge columnist, shows some curious bits of trumpery. In Wretched Excess we offer yet another irresistible item from the Whole Whog Catalog: the Sluggo™ Slug Call. Our advice columnist Millicent Marshall proffers her pointed views on radio deejays and rampaging pedestrians. And Endgame supplies yet another fiendishly difficult Black Lamb Cryptic Crossword.

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