R  A  L  P H
  The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities

Volume XX, Number 3

Early Mid-Summer, 2000



NEW LISTINGS
The Last Days of World War II in Europe,
The Northwest Passage, and
When Mountains Walked


REVIEWS
Squandering Aimlessly
My Adventures in the American Marketplace
"It's a kick in the face for a laid-off warehouseman in New York City,
a welfare mother in Detroit, an unemployed Mexican day laborer
in Brancaccio's home town of Los Angeles --- all of whose tax dollars
go to support this fluff."


Around Town:
The "New Yorker" and the World it Made

"Hendrik Hertzberg once said,
Shawn was an absolute monarch, a dictator.
There were no office politics, except in the sense that
there were office politics in the Ottoman Empire."


'Tis: A Memoir
"Some writers are masters of the page,
some of the chapter, and some --- like Faulkner and Joyce ---
of the single sentence. McCourt is the master of
the breathless paragraph."


BRIEF REVIEWS
The Swedish Associated Press Biblical School of Writing,
The Pakistani Dope School of Writing,
Droll English Wit, and
A Well-Known Catastrophe


ARTICLES
Our Lady of Juquila
"One lusty, overeager couple, it is said, stopped by the roadside
to engage in some hanky-panky and presto, were changed to stone.
To this day, it is said, they are stuck there,
somewhere off in the mountains,
belly-to-belly."

Dave Eggers and McSweeney's
"He has important things to say, as Shakespeare had important things to say.
And like Shakespeare, sometimes his words just sing off the page.
Sometimes, like Shakespeare, Eggers is so right
it takes one's breath away."


READINGS
My Father's Castles
"He trespassed everywhere
(in Scotland there is no law of trespass, he said,
and scaled a fence blaring with prohibitions)
hunting the forgotten, the untraced,
the deserted brides among houses."

Matisse and the Hub of the Wheel
"The odalisques he has studded with malachite and jasper,
their flesh veiled with a thousand eyes, perfumed eyes
dipped in the sperm of whales. Wherever a breeze stirs
there are breasts as cool as jelly, white pigeons come to flutter
and rut in the ice-blue veins of the Himalayas."


POETRY
A Love Poem for Father's Day
"You stand at the blackboard, daddy,/ In the picture I have of you,
A cleft in your chin instead of your foot/ But no less a devil for that, no not
Any less the black man who/ Bit my pretty red heart in two."


LETTERS
Dr. Laura,
Great RALPH, and
Guru Yoga


THE OFFICIAL RALPH
Paradox-of-the-Month


RALPH'S TOP POP HITS
In the five years of its existence, RALPH has published
hundreds of reviews and articles.
Some of these have gotten (and continue to get)
an inordinate number of hits.
We list herein those which ---
for no reason at all that we can fathom ---
appear again and again on our Daily Hit List.


HELP
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THE PREVIOUS ISSUE OF RALPH
This will lead you back to the last RALPH, and,
if you persist, all the way back, through forty or so issues
to the very first one, conceived in
the dark and wet Winter of
1994 - 1995.


TABLE OF CONTENTS
Titles, authors, and publishers
of all books reviewed in RALPH ---
arranged chronologically.

T H E  F A C T S
Submitting Books

The best way to get books to RALPH for review.
Submitting Reviews

Suggestions for would-be reviewers --- and payment schedule.
History

RALPH didn't spring full-blown from the brows of the gods:
     We've been around (in different guises) for over twenty-five years.     
The Fessenden Fund

Other activities of RALPH's godparents, including
Mho & Mho Works

Lolita Lark, Editor-In-Chief
Post Office Box 16719
San Diego CA 92176

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