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From the desk of David Starkey: Living Purple

David Starkey is a professor of English at Santa Barbara City College and the editor of Living Blue in the Red States. He served as Santa Barbara’s 2009-2010 Poet Laureate and is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City College. His poetry has appeared in many journals and in seven full-length collections, most recently […]

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News and Reviews

Awards Irwin Klein and the New Settlers Edited by Benjamin Klein Winner in the BRLA 2016 Southwest Book Awards Modern Orthodox Judaism Edited by Zev Eleff Finalist in the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards Books   Fit for the Presidency? Seymour Morris Review in the Wall Street Journal: “How can we know, before a man becomes president, […]

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Excerpt: Fit for the Presidency?

The following is an excerpt from Fit for the Presidency?: Winners, Losers, What-Ifs, and Also-Rans (January 2017) by Seymour Morris Jr. Morris is a former political pollster, head of corporate communications, and international entrepreneur. He is the author of American History Revised: 200 Facts That Never Made It into the Textbooks and Supreme Commander: MacArthur’s Triumph in Japan.   […]

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The Marketeers Club: I tried

Anna Weir is a publicist who reads with a pen and a cup of tea close at hand. It’s this time of year, smack dab in the middle of January, that people bail out of their New Year’s resolutions. I don’t mean to be poking fun at those who, although they started the year with […]

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In Remembrance of Eugene Cernan

Capt. Eugene A. Cernan, the last human to walk on the moon, passed away yesterday at the age of eighty-two. Cernan lived and worked in Texas and was the author of The Last Man on the Moon. Recently, he wrote the foreword for Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon (Nebraska 2016). To celebrate this astronaut’s […]

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Reading List: Civil Rights in America

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this list of books highlights the Civil Rights movement in America.   The Struggle in Black and Brown: African American and Mexican American Relations during the Civil Rights Era Edited and with an introduction by Brian D. Behnken “This book is a groundbreaking step in the evolution […]

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From the Desk of B.J. Hollars: The Search for the Elusive

The following contribution is from B. J. Hollars, author of  Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds (February 2017). Hollars is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He is the author of numerous books, including This Is Only a Test, From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us about Life, […]

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From the Desk of Jacquelyn M. Howard

The following contribution is from Jacquelyn M. Howard, who co-authored Wounded Warriors: A Soldier’s Story of Healing through Birds (Potomac Books 2014), with Robert C. Vallieres. Vallieres is a Persian Gulf War veteran. Vallieres received a BA in Fine Arts from Notre Dame College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Spirit of […]

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Excerpt: The Lost Journalism of Ring Lardner

The following is an excerpt from The Lost Journalism of Ring Lardner, edited by Ron Rapoport (January 2017). You can listen to an interview with Rapoport on NPR Books here.  Simplicity Reigns in Washington from BELL SYNDICATE, MARCH 3, 1921 Washington, D.C.—Well, the boys wanted this inauguration to be pulled off with Jeffersonian simplicity and it looks like […]

Print January 10

Reading List: Jewish Books for the New Year

The Jewish Publication Society has been publishing thoughtful and thought-provoking books in Jewish literature and history for more than 125 years. This list highlights some of their new and noteworthy titles.   Thinking About the Torah by Kenneth Seeskin In defiance of the assumption that Judaism is a religion based more on ritual and action than […]