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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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January 2009 in Black Lamb

Volume 7, Number 1 — January 2009

January 1st, 2009

The Sixth Anniversary Issue

In our cover article for this Sixth Anniversary Issue, Don’t look back, Terry Ross examines and cautions against a futile emotion: regret. In our page two feature, Three feet under, Leslie Russell recalls vividly and fondly a family feast. Ed Goldberg wishes Black Lamb and his editor well on the magazine’s birthday in L’chaim.

Greg Roberts takes a sad look at a formerly beautiful town in Puetro Vallarta, mon amour. In Color bar, William Bogert remembers how shocked he was as a child to discover that the “colored” maid talked differently to white people than to her own family. Toby Tompkins, in Punkin’ Chunkin’, describes how some New Englanders get their kicks: by building medieval catapults and seeing who can hurl a pumpkin the farthest. Ex-con Dean Suess describes the tawdry life of a fellow former prisoner in A sleazy story. On Black Lamb’s sixth anniversary, Londoner Gillian Wilce ruminates on other sorts of Commemoration. In A black White House, David Maclaine traces how television prepared America for a non-Caucasian president. In What goes around, Rod Ferrandino muses on his “bucket list,” things to do before he dies (kicks the bucket). He turns 65, Black Lamb turns 6, and for Bud Gardner it’s just Another go-round. In Let’s do a show! Rosemary McLeish describes the madness of organizing and realizing an art exhibit. Dan Peterson says that when it comes to Starting over, you can do it only three times in your life. Daniela Hurezanu examines exactly what constitutes a Cliché. In a piece from the Black Lamb archives, Tom Parker confesses to a fondness for fast cars in Speed and me. Black Lamb managing editor Owen Alexander, in A literary lament, says that the Fifties and Sixties were a Golden Age of American literature compared to the years since. Our Honorary Black Lambs column honors columnist and social critic Florence King, polymath Benjamin Franklin, and English zoologist Gerald Durrell on their birthdays. Our Literary Sampler displays nine selections by writers mentioned in this month’s issue. In The big six, bridge columnist Trixie Barkis takes a look at two intriguing small slams. In Wretched Excess, we offer yet another product from the Whole Whog Catalog, the Chicken Legger/Boner/Beaker ™. In Your problems solved, our Black Lamb Recipe is for a Greek dish, Arnaki Kleftiko. Advice columnist Millicent Marshall tells how to get rid of unwanted drop-in guests. And Professor Avram Khan gives us another challenging Black Lamb Word Puzzle.

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