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July 2009 in Black Lamb

Volume 7, Number 7 — July 2009

July 1st, 2009

In our cover story, Magnificent obsession, Greg Roberts marvels at his “silly hobby” of fly-tying. In Dead men’s solos, our page two feature, Ed Goldberg laments the ubiquity of “tribute bands.” Ian Archer talks about the mystique of beloved musical instruments in Guitars I have slept with.

In Silicon Valley blues, Elizabeth Fournier relates how the cell phone scuttled her blind date with a rude techie. Art writer Owen Alexander cites the powerful pull of the portrait in The proper study. In A night at the opera, Toby Tompkins provides an hilarious send-up called La Forza del’ Aglio. Leslie Russell fondly recalls the baloney sandwiches of her youth in Brown-bagging. In An aversion to shaving, Rosemary McLeish decries both the despoliation of Victoria, B.C.’s gardens and the practice of women shaving their bodies. Dan Peterson, our American in Milan, details his recipe for minestrone in Chef Boy-O-Boy. Artful Aussia is Elizabeth Hart’s tribute to master watercolorist Joseph Zbukvic. Rod Ferrandino allows as how he is Coming to grips with cyber technology. In Secret city, Gillian Wilce reveals some hidden corners of her beloved London. Terry Ross reviews Nicholson Baker’s new novel The Anthologist. We install July birthday babies Marcel Proust and Emily Brontë into our pantheon of Honorary Black Lambs. Bridge columnist Trixie Barkis cautions readers from playing too quickly to the early tricks in a hand. Our Wretched Excess column marvels at the disgusting advertising for a stool softener, Colotix. Australia contributes a yummy lamb recipe, Herb-and-Caper-Rolled Leg of Lamb with Ratatouille. From our Black Lamb Archives, we reprint City of Light, an article about Paris by Alan Albright. Advice columnist Millicent Marshall reveals why she prefers not to offer advice on interpersonal relationships. And Professor Avram Khan gives us another challenging Black Lamb Word Puzzle.

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