You Can Go Home Again

The Black House, by Peter May The twentieth century saw many people leave the land of their roots for what seemed more opportunity in the growing, vital urban areas. And many of these discovered that this move didn’t allow new roots and a new culture; instead it left them emotionally adrift. Peter May embraces this […]

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Wellbeing Economics

Harper’s Magazine, February 2014 I’m a little late with this issue of Harper’s Magazine, but here goes another magazine review week: Okay, readers, what trumps economics in your personal life, in your family’s? Well, I’m not here to play guessing games, so let me tell you my answer: the wellbeing that comes from good, sound […]

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Papa Hemingway Rebuts

Coffee With Hemingway, by Kirk Curnutt   Ever dream about a little face time with one of your favorite celebrities? Streisand, perhaps? Sinatra? Elvis? Bono? Would such a meet-up edify, or would it disappoint? I’ve never thought that I’d enjoy such an encounter with my favorite writer, but in Curnutt’s imaginative hands, the story reveals […]

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Irony and Complexity

The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson As is my case with most books, I warmed up to this one slowly. My warming, however, became only tepid with The Orphan Master’s Son. I like stories, you see, and defined characters within such stories. That makes me an odd fit for postmodern literature, something I’ve posted […]

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