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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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October 2008 in Black Lamb

Volume 6, Number 10 — October 2008

October 1st, 2008

In our cover article for this first issue of autumn, A good cup, Greg Roberts reveals that making good coffee is “not rocket science.” In our p. 2 feature, Gillian Wilce takes a Bird’s eye view of the city where she lives, London. Former pentitentiary inmate Dean Suess reveals some Notes from inside sent from a friend still in the joint. Ed Goldberg reflects on satire and comedy in Laughter, a lost art.

In The golden, Toby Tompkins remembers geniuses and whackos from his high-school days at Andover. Rebecca Owen describes an uncanny painting that appeared and quickly disappeared In the window of a gallery. In In memoriam, David Maclaine remembers a gifted friend, Ralph Wells, and how something like Greek tragedy cut short his life. Cate Garrison reflects on the joys and humiliations of amateur tennis tournaments in Federer, eat your heart out. In Nether regions, William Bogert is able to find humor in his doctor’s office despite enduring a colonoscopy. On a trip from his home in Virginia to see relatives in California (My summer vacation), Rod Ferrandino finds renewed meaning in the phrase “eastern tight-ass.” In Big love, Elizabeth Hart remembers sending her teen-age daughter to summer camp. Karla Kruggel Powell pens a touching tribute to a beloved and memorable newphew in Family matters. Basketball coach Dan Peterson wins a lifetime achievement award in Italy and indulges himself in Blowing my own horn. In the midst of tests for cancer, Leslie Russell reflects on meat and tumors in Bigger is not better. Rebecca Owen reviews two novels: The Air We Breathe, by Andrea Barrett, and Christine Falls, by John Banville writing as Benjamin Black. Our Honorary Black Lambs column salutes authors Oscar Wilde and Arthur Miller on their October birthdays. In A literary sampler, we offer nine delightful excerpts from famous writers mentioned in this issue. In First things first, bridge writer Trixie Barkis illustrates the importance of visualizing what could go wrong before you act. In our Wretched Excess column, we offer another scientific gadget, the Fruit Probe, from the Whole Whog Catalog, which takes the guesswork out of knowing whether fruit is ripe. Our Black Lamb Recipe proffers a favorite of James Beard’s, a delicious Braised Leg of Lamb. In A financial genius, our advice columnist Millicent Marshall recommends some ways to weather the credit crunch. And Avram Khan offers another challenging word puzzle: Intimations of mortality.

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