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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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December 2007 in Black Lamb

Volume 5, Number 12 — December 2007

December 1st, 2007

In this, our largest issue ever, John Vergin tells a tale of Christmas in a small town in A Christmas Story. In our page 2 feature, Rebecca Owen reflects on the joys of pet ownership in Man’s Best Friend. A Spoiled Christmas tells why Cate Garrison’s holiday will be tainted by an evil man.

Ed Goldberg reflects on the dubious quality of much Received Wisdom. Lorentz Lossius sends in a travel entry from Turkey in Seven Kurdish Butchers. In The Year of the Christmas Tree, Elizabeth Hart remembers how her house almost burnt down. David Maclaine asks who the real villains of ancient Rome were in Roman Bad Boys. Jim Patton continues his workplace chronicle in Cigar Store Soap Opera. In Opening Night Jitters, actor William Bogert reveals what sort of performing makes him nervous. On the occasion of the death of French mime artist Marcel Marceau, we reprint Cate Garrison’s interview from 1992, The Silent Man Speaks. Toby Tompkins goes to Wyoming to meet a real horseman in Top Hand. In Wisconsin Death Trip, Greg Roberts argues in favor of thoughtful killing. Rosemary McLeish travels from Scotland to the Northwest Olympic rainforest in Joining Martin’s Gang. Evelyn Bartlett tells why she didn’t encounter a single nasty kid in leading a wilderness group of Junior Rangers. In a world of awful news, Londoner Gillian Wilce names a few Small Things that give her comfort and pleasure. In Playing Catch-up, Dan Peterson, writing from Milan, gives us the dope on Italian pet ownership. In Old Dogs, Bud Gardner says that winter is tough on him and his dog Rusty. In another searing tale of prison life, Physician, Heal Thyself, Dean Suess tells what a farce prison medical care is. In her last Black Lamb column, Sage Cohen looks into her past for Portraits of My Father. In Backs to the Future, Rod Ferrandino tells how me became a musical hero for his teenage daughter. To commemorate the death this month of Peg Bracken, author of the best-selling I Hate to Cook Book, we reprint an interview from 1992: Peg Bracken, R.I.P. To further celebrate Peg Bracken’s comic genius, we offer nine selections from her writings, most of which originally appeared in Black Lamb. Our Honorary Black Lambs this month are poet Emily Dickinson and Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock, the latter of whom we honor by printing his hilarious tale Gertrude the Governess. In our bridge column, Trixie Barkis says that there’s often hope in the darkest moments in Only One Chance? Take It! In Wretched Excess, we present two holiday gift suggestions from the Whole Whog Catalog: Prints of Whales and the Jawboneof-an-Ass Nutcracker. Our Black Lamb Recipe is for Polynesian Stuffed Leg of Lamb. Our advice columnist Millicent Marshall tells readers how to put as much Christ as they want into Christmas and how to avoid the soul-numbing effect of department store Christmas Muzak. And Reg Arcati, Jr. offers the last of our series of difficult Black Lamb Cryptic Crosswords.

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