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The Red Heifer

Issue No. 55 ~ December, 2001

What does America mean, and what does it mean to be an American? These are complicated questions with a multitude of possible answers. We can’t open a newspaper or magazine, or turn on the television or radio or browse the Internet without exposing ourselves to …

Sheba

Issue No. 55 ~ December, 2001

Before I get to Sheba, the actual subject of this review, I’d like to take a moment to explore a parallel that occurred to me about halfway through the book. It’s a parallel that Nicholas Clapp never addresses directly, but which he must be aware …

Loving Pedro Infante

Issue No. 54 ~ November, 2001

Loving Pedro Infante tells the story of Teresina Ávila, or Tere, a divorced thirtysomething teachers’ aide in Cabritoville, New Mexico. Tere has a mother who’s always there for her, a best friend she can tell anything to, a string of romantic failures, and mixed feelings …

Sailing Alone Around the Room

Issue No. 54 ~ November, 2001

The publication of Billy Collins’ new and selected poems comes only about a month after his appointment as Poet Laureate of the U.S. for 2001-2002 and a little more than a decade since the publication of The Apple That Astonished Paris, the first of four …

The Poetry of Arab Women

Issue No. 54 ~ November, 2001

The Poetry of Arab Women, edited by Nathalie Handal, came across my desk some months ago. I was impressed; it’s an extremely thorough collection, featuring a wide range of Arab women poets from around the world. I thought it was an good book, and figured …

The Other Side of Eden

Issue No. 53 ~ October, 2001

The Other Side of Eden is a puzzle of a book, by turns engrossing and dull, insightful and preachy. In it, Hugh Brody examines hunter-gatherer cultures, individually and in general, and looks at how these societies coexist — and, more often, clash — with the …

Sputnik Sweetheart

Issue No. 52 ~ September, 2001

Reviewing a single novel by Murakami without discussing his other works is like trying to walk up a steep embankment of newly cut grass after a summer rain in bowling shoes. It’s difficult to keep from slipping. Plot details and character delineation from one tale …

The PowerBook

Issue No. 52 ~ September, 2001

Yesterday, as I was considering how to begin my review of The PowerBook, a friend spotted the book on my coffee table. “Jeanette Winterson!” she exclaimed. “She’s a great writer.” I agreed, and we got to talking, and we found that we had both been …

On Histories and Stories

Issue No. 52 ~ September, 2001

I first encountered the novels of A.S. Byatt in a British Literature survey I took to fulfill a degree requirement in college. When the professor assigned Possession, Byatt’s 1990 Booker Prize winner, she did so with an apologia to the class for its bulk, but …