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August 2009 in Black Lamb

Volume 7, Number 8 — August 2009

August 1st, 2009

The All Siblings Issue

In this special issue devoted to brothers and sisters, Editor Terry Ross notes that most Black Lamb contributors wrote about their own families, but that no one wrote about aunts and uncles and cousins. In our page 2 feature, Blood feuds, Bud Gardner says it’s easy to forget brotherly and sisterly acts of kindness. In Toys are us, Elizabeth Fournier remembers that she always wanted to play with her older brother’s toys.

In Absence makes the heart… Greg Roberts relates that he has nothing much in common with his brother and sister, but they get along fine, at a distance. Dean Suess tells the sad story of his two siblings and him in Brothers. Toby Tompkins reflects on life as an Oldest brother. Karla Kruggel Powell’s poem “Molecular Mysterium” is a meditation on genetics. In Hurdy-gurdy man, Ed Goldberg remembers a brother who died young. As the youngest of three children, Leslie Russell reflects that even in adulthood she is in Third place. In To sib or not to sib, Beren deMotier describes her decision to deliberately have more than one child. Evelyn Bartlett describes distancing herself from her sisters in My way. In Forgotten girl, Rosemary McLeish recalls wishing she’d had a sister instead of a cruel girlfriend. Dan Peterson remembers his father saving his brother’s life in My hero. In Sister act, Gillian Wilce ponders the nature of sororal relations. Arts writer Owen Alexander describes a contemporary painter, Wayne Thiebaud, as an Unassuming master. We install August birthday authors James Baldwin and Brian Moore into our pantheon of Honorary Black Lambs. Bridge columnist Bridge writer Trixie Barkis relates how a pinochle player made a lucky misplay. Our Wretched Excess column features sixteen incredibly tacky products advertised in supermarket magazines. Advice columnist Millicent Marshall pays tribute to her sister, Carol Wolfe, from whom she inherited her column. And Professor Avram Khan offers another challenging Black Lamb Word Puzzle.

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