Reviews, Poetry, and Readings in RALPH, Arranged by Date
R  A  L  P  H
The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities

Complete List of
Readings, Reviews, and Poetry
Appearing in RALPH:
Winter, 1996 - 1997
Spring, 1997
Summer, 1997
Fall, 1997

Volume XII, Number 4 --- Winter 1996 - 1997
Index #E

Mrs. Caliban

Rachel Ingalls
(Harvard Common)
"We have to love him too: who can resist the tall staid green giant who dotes on avocadoes, who wants to "borrow a baby" so he can see what it looks like?"

Helen Levitt: Mexico City
Introductory Essay by James Oles
"She had the advantage, in that macho world, of being a gringa. No Mexican, male or female, would take a white woman seriously, especially one with a camera."

Bruce Davidson
"The back-and-forth as the electric motor whined up to top speed... with the walls closing in, the south-bound A-Train screaming past, it made us feel like we were going at Mach-3."

Seeking God's Wisdom About Christian Homosexuality
(Robert W. Alexander)
"He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation..." (Deuteronomy 23:1)

The Poet Exposed
Christopher Felver
(Alfred van der Marck)

The Life and Art of Vladimir Nabokov
Andrew Field

The Comfortable House:
North American Suburban Architecture 1890 -1930
Alan Gowans

The Three Languages
Jakob & Wilhelm Grimm
(Creative Education)

Ken Grimwood
(Arbor House)

Uno, Dos, Cuatro:
A Guide to the Numbers Stations
"Havana Moon"
(Tiare Publications)

Indians in Their Birthday Suits

Carlos Amantea
"In less than a century, the Indians who roamed Baja California would be reduced to 2,000 in number by a corruption of flesh presented, gratis, by Padre Serra and his followers. This is the man they want to canonize."

Sailing from Tijuana on the Titanic
C Amantea
"It should be setting sail shortly, and I hope to be on board at the launching. The grand ship, filled with lights and music and glamour,
setting sail to another Byzantium."

The Red Car of Passion
L W Milam
"With my driving cap and hounds-tooth jacket, I might even have looked like a sporty sports car driver --- despite braces, crutches, orthopædic corsets and wheelchairs."

Robert Browning
Oliver St. J. Gogarty
--- from As I Was Going Down Sackville Street
(Penguin Books)
"There is black blood in him somewhere, that is why he was called Browning --- it comes out in the tom-tom of his verse."

Vignettes of a Tragic Century
George F Kennan
(Pantheon Books)
"There was a stillness, a beauty, a sense of infinite, elegiac sadness and timelessness such as I have never experienced...Here all The measureless tragedy of the Second World War --- the millions of dead, the endless seas of bereavement and sorrow, the extinction of a whole great complex of life
and belief and hope --- had its perpetuation."

Dual Micturation in Dublin
James Joyce
"Alone, what did Bloom hear?
The double reverberation of retreating feet on the heavenborn earth, the double vibration of a jew's harp in the resonant lane.
Alone, what did Bloom feel?
The cold of interstellar space, thousands of degrees below freezing..."

Dirty Artists and The Clean Rich
The Horses Mouth
Joyce Cary
"...and didn't Manet and Monet talk about their theories of art until the sky rained pink tears and the grass turned purple --- didn't Pissarro chop the trees into little bits of glass. And Seurat put his poor old mother through the sausage machine and roll her into linoleum."

I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee
Howard Nemerov
"I see her standing in the hall,
Where the mirror's lashed to blood and foam,
And the black flukes of agony
Beat at the air till the light blows out."

The Mess of Love
D H Lawrence
"It is not love any more, it's just a mess.
And we've made a great mess of love, mind-perverted, will-perverted, ego-perverted love."

Death is Sitting at the Foot of my Bed
Oscar Hahn
"Ms. Death is sitting at the foot of my bed.
This wretched Lady Death has got the hots for me
and wants to suck me drier than a fig plucked off a tree."

Steven Ajay
"I was on top, pressed into the scent
you left at night on the shabby
bed. We were both on acid..."

Moon Dog Song
Angel Perez
"Once, when I was too young by far, you and I
Beastly drunk on a train to Madrid, stayed up
All night, our lips like blood red wine As the night hills white spooks wheeled outside."

A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia
Mary Hornbacher

For the Love of God
Edited by Benjamin Shield & Richard Carlson
(New World)

The Vintage
Lloyd Pedersen
(Joyce & Co.)

13 Los Angeles Poets
Edited by Jack Grapes

The Big Book of Gardening Secrets
Charles W. G. Smith

Volume XIII, Number 1 --- Spring 1997
Index #F

Memoirs of the Eeenie-Weenies
Jon Gallant
"I greeted the repairman civilly from the rug, explaining that I was tied up at the moment with my little people, but he was welcome to go ahead with his work."

The Branding (and Baptism) of Slaves
Hugh Thomas
"The South Sea Company later branded its slaves with the distinctive mark of the port in the Spanish empire to which they were being shipped --- Cartagena, Caracas, Veracruz, and so on --- this new brand being made of gold or silver: preferably the latter, because 'it made a sharper scar.'"

The Slave Trade
Hugh Thomas
(Simon & Schuster)
"For by purchasing, or rather ransoming, the negroes from their national tyrants," said London Magazine, "and transplanting them under the benign influence of the law and the Gospel, they are advanced to much greater degrees of felicity..."

Cradle of Valor
Dale O. Smith
"In West Point, there are words which have overt (or not-so-overt)
sexual overtones. A roommate is called a 'wife.' To study is to 'bone'
(a 'file boner' being an overly conscientious cadet). A cadet officer
is called 'a make,' and 'to skin' is to be reported for delinquency."

The Hind Leg of an Elephant
Jane Shannon
"I reached for the cigarette. I missed it clean a couple of times,
then got my hand around it. It didn't feel like a cigarette.
It felt, like the hind leg of an elephant.With sharp toenails."

Great Reviewers from the Past: H. L. Mencken
"That it is well outfitted with theologians I could see,
but I'd like to know what they cost per annum,
and what nuisances they commit to earn their tithes."

What the Cults Believe
H. L. Mencken
"He established soul-saving as Big Business,
just as surely as John D. Rockefeller established oil-refining,
or old Phil Armour the assassination of hogs,
or Pillsbury the milling of flour."

How I Made $56,072,147.08 Overnight --- II
Carlos Amantea
"A formal statement from Mr. Dean Witter, of stock and bond fame. Name (mine), address (mine), account executive (ours) credits to the account (none) the closing account balances are, the closing account balances are... You're now worth fifty-six million dollars, says Mr. Witter. "

The Branding (and Baptism) of Slaves
Hugh Thomas
"The South Sea Company later branded its slaves with the distinctive mark of the port in the Spanish empire to which they were being shipped --- Cartagena, Caracas, Veracruz, and so on --- this new brand being made of gold or silver: preferably the latter, because 'it made a sharper scar.'"

Mosquitoes, Malaria, and the Panama Canal
David McCaffery
"They did not seriously entertain the notion that mosquitoes could be the cause of yellow fever or malaria. To spend time and money chasing after mosquitoes in Panama would be to squander time and money in a most irresponsible fashion."

A Brief History of Mexico --- II
J. Gallant and L. Milam
"The French landed at Very Cruz and marched on the capitol with wagons filled with baguettes and petits-fours.The defenders of Mexico expropriated the wagons, ate themselves silly, and were overrun."

A Cricket in the Telephone (at Sunset)
Ignacio Schwartz
"Stars that talk, talk of peppermint pie,
Oedipal pleasures, the daily average of
Standard and Poors, and the complete
Memoirs of Jacques Casanova."

A Supermarket in California
"I saw you, Walt Whitman, childless, lonely old grubber,
poking among the meats in the refrigerator and eyeing the grocery boys."

"You don't know the moons on the Somme:
They pluck off buds like gods,
Burst creatures come to rest,
Nights are filled with the charge of sepulchres."

Did You See She Had Flowers Up Her Nose?
"They had planned to leave but one grey lily
Eating at her breast,
An oak growing out of her sodden soul.
That is what the gardeners had planned."

Salvador Dalí:
A Biography
Meryle Secrest

Selected Works of the Dalai Lama III
Edited and Translated by Glenn H. Mullin
(Snow Lion)

The Forgotten Peninsula
A Naturalist in Baja California
Joseph Wood Krutch
(University of Arizona)

Of Prisons and Ideas
Milovan Djilas
(Translated by M. B. Petrovich)

The Arts of Zaire
Volume II:
Eastern Zaire
Daniel Biebuyck
(University of California)

Hard Times:
Cotton Mill Girls --- Personal Histories of Womanhood and Poverty in the South
Victoria Byerly
This is officially classed as "labor history" --- but it's something more, a human document of people who work under miserable conditions to stay alive.

A House of Children
Joyce Cary
(New Directions)
We are prepared to love anything that Cary sets forth for us because he created one of the great comic heroes of all time, one who stands next to Falstaff, Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, or Tom Jones --- that being Gully Jimson of The Horse's Mouth.

Pizza Tiger
Tom Monaghan
(with Robert Anderson)
(Random House)
Ever since Lee Iacocca disfigured the word "autobiography" with that dumb self-sales manual of his --- the barons of American offal have been trampling each other to expose their puny egos and obscure their misdeeds.

Gutsy Imperfect Maximizing Potential
(Al Mann Associates)
Mann developed Cerebral Palsy in the first moments of his life and, later, learned that he was gay. Now, almost fifty years old, he has put together this story of his life.

Guerilla Minstrels:
John Lennon, Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie, and Bob Dylan
Wayne Hampton
(University of Tennessee)
From the shameful treatment of Joe Hill to Mr. Lennon's sad end, Mr. Hampton traces the tradition of the protest song in America.

Volume XIII, Number 2 --- Summer, 1997
Index #G

Great Reviewers from the Past: Virginia Woolf
Teddy Roosevelt
"To imagine any of the statues in Parliament Square
running, climbing, or even in a state of nudity
is not only impossible but also unseemly."

Tales from the Raj
Charles Allen, editor
(Holt, Rinehart)
"It was a shock to be met after a calm and lengthy voyage
by the mass of humanity, the shouting and the jabbering,
the smells and the noise,the poverty and the squalor,
the cries of 'Bunby, Bunby.'"

Alexander A Potebnja's
Psycholinguistic Theory of Literature:

A Metacritical Inquiry
John Fizer
"Sapir's distinction between morphemically opaque
and morphemically transparent words reminds us of
Potebnja's obsolete and living etymological derivatives."

Suggested Photo Spots
Melinda Stone and Igor Vamos
(Boise State/Hemingway Western Studies)
"God knows what goes on in the wilds of Boise, Idaho. For some reason,
Boise State University turns out the weirdest, wolliest, most deranged books.
(One of their most recent was called Citizens for a Poodle-Free Montana.)"

Intervention in the Caribbean:
The Dominican Crisis of 1965
Gen. Bruce Palmer, Jr.
(University of Kentucky)
"In the old days, we never bothered about
disguising our invasions: we just moved the hell in,
and damned if we would let anyone tell us otherwise."

The Case for Animal Experimentation
An Evolutionary and Ethical Perspective
Michael Allen Fox
(University of California)
In a previous lifetime, the aptly named Mr. Fox may have been just that, or something close: a badger or ermine or ferret. He's a pleasant looking gentleman, a professor of philosophy, and may, we suspect, possess a particularly interesting angle on his bleak subject --- medical and other experimention on animals.

The Universal Machine:
Confessions of a Technological Optimist
Pamela McCorduck
It's been estimated that Isaac Newton spent as much as 75% of his time working out his equations in longhand. If he, or Copernicus or Da Vinci had possessed a computer, imagine how much more angst-ridden their lives could have been.

A Novel
Thomas Hoving
(Simon & Schuster)
Edgar Cayce said he could "read" a book by placing it beneath his pillow as he slept. We're trying out his technique on this one.

The Prodigy:
A Biography of William James Sidis,
America's GreatestChild Prodigy

Amy Wallace
Amy Wallace gives us the heebie-jeebies. In fact, the whole Wallechinsky clan does. Amy, Irving, Sylvia, David, Sam, Sophie and god-knows-who-else Wallace are there in their word factory in Pomona or Gardena or Cucamonga busily spinning out Sex Books and Prediction Books and Psychic Healing Books and their newest The Of Lisps about all the great lispers of hithtory (did you know that Tipper Gore calls Al "Thnookumth?")

Breaking the Impasse In the War on Drugs
Steven Wisotsky
We Americans certainly have a weird attitude towards drugs. We evidently want to restrict them as habit solely for the Upper Class: only those who can afford medically approved prescription, or professionals like attorneys or people who can pay for one or for the outrageous cost of coke.

The Raven
Edgar Allen Poe
(Northeastern University)
Not only the Gods, but, as well, the Gauls, must be crazy. They idolize Jerry Lewis and Edgar Allen Poe. Maybe, based on the early Martin and Lewis corpus, we can understand some of the interest in the former. But Poe: fagh! Try reading this aloud without dropping your mental crankshaft:

The Consuming Myth
The Work of James Merrill
Stephen Yenser
The est people used to say "Ultimate insight is the booby prize of life." We would guess that the booby prize for an American poet is to have some scholarly University Press put out a 350 page, closely printed, totally cryptic, highly footnoted, turgid, dogmatic investigation of one's works.

Our Share Of Time
Ives Navarre
Translated by Dominic Bernardi and Noelle Domke
(Dalkey Archive)
Navarre's tale is that of an older gay schoolteacher, Pierre Forgue, in love with a twenty-one year old beauty named "Duck." There is an intersticing of the story line with Forgue's novel-in-progress; it gives us a dreaminess which is more than a mere May and December liaison.

The Ploughshares Poetry Reader
Edited by Joyce Peseroff
If this particular poem were a rare dud, we would recommend the book anyway, because we like the spirit if not the execution of "Ploughshares," but there is here as much sap as you would hope to find in a spring morning in Vermont. That is, it overflows the buckets, gets all gummy-like, drips on the ground.

Lorentz on Film:
Movies 1927 - 1944
Pare Lorentz
(University of Oklahoma)
Lorentz remains, along with James Agee, one of our most intelligent and worthwhile film critics.

A Story
(A Wonderful Story)
"Here's a wonderful story. The famous conductor,
Arturo Toscanini once received a letter from a gentleman
living in the mountains of Montana..."

How I Made $56,072,147.08 Overnight --- I
Carlos Amantea
"It's a long story, how I made all that money.
Suffice it to say that I have, at last, and not a moment too soon,
come into the fortune I have deserved all these years.
It couldn't have happened to a better and more deserving fellow."

Some Thoughts on Madam Blavatsky
"She is informed, funny, sly, and knows
practically everything there is to know about the
obscure caves, temples, towns, dens, and rivers,
religions and peoples of India."

Kate Millet
"No one can put up with a manic, he assured me.
And once it's over and you're depressed and diagnosed and repentant,
husbands and wives and lovers depart anyway."

A Brief History of Mexico --- I
Jon Gallant and L. W. Milam
"Mexico was invented many years ago by the
Toltecs, Mixtecs, Med-Tecs, Hi-tecs, and Lo-Tecs."

Woodrow Wilson and WWI
from The Zimmermann Telegram
Barbara W. Tuchman
"Had all the world been a school and Wilson its principal,
he would have been the greatest statesman in history.
But the world's governments and peoples
were not children obliged to obey him."

Tootie-Fruit ME & Ass-Grasp LA
Brook Morris, Jr.
"All the babies were behaving as if they were moons,
Crawling out of seashells, stuffed blind as turkeys.
They smelt of the flat fever of love, with chancres
Born of Vanilla Bean WY, or Sewer Stop AK."

The Return of Der Führer
J. W. Torg
"On this the first of 1,000,000,000 scheduled visits
He is to return, they say, as one or more stinkbugs, chinchbugs,
Bedbugs, potato bugs, lightbugs, darkbugs, pediculus humanus,
Drosophila, carp weevils and jigger fleas."

The Flies
Javier Heraud
"Clearly, Miss Fly,
you fly graciously.
You draw yourself in the air,
draw yourself with a shadow
shifting on the walls."

Jesus Under Water
Al Hefid
"I've been told that Jesus came on a dung-colored mule
His beard moving in the wind a bloody rose
His feet dripping on the thighs of a mule
They called Agnes Dei."

Love & the Flowers
"Love and the flowers
And age drawing on like a shawl.
It seems to me the days are coming shorter
And the sun takes such a crooked path
Down to the crooked sea."

To Our Review of Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia
and The Vintage.

A Field Guide to the Invisible
Wayne Biddle
(Henry Holt)
This is one you pick up for the laughs, and put down for the nausea. It's mostly The Bad News Bears. Dioxin, radiation, allergens, noise.

The Castle
A new translation by Mark Harman
Anyone who wants to buy and read a novel by Kafka should have his (or her) head examined. His involuted, twisted, paranoic style could drive even the most sane to near-lunacy, and he certainly outdoes Joyce, Proust, and Faulkner at their worst when it comes to run-on lines. Reading Kafka is as much fun as a root-canal. Because it feels so good when it's done."

Meditations on the Cross
Dietrich Bonhöffer
Translated by Douglas W. Scott
His reading of the Scripture made him see all that occurred to him, and to the world, in terms of the Passion and the Resurrection:
The liberating thing about Good Friday and Easter is that one's thoughts are swept far beyond one's own personal fate to the ultimate meaning of all life and suffering, and of whatever occurs, such that one is seized by a great hope.

Volume XIII, Number 3 --- Fall, 1997
Index #H

One Hundred Years of British Electric Tramways
E. Jackson-Stevens
(David & Charles)
General Motors started buying up city councils from Maine to California and promptly had the rail systems dismantled and melted down to insure their own smelly buses and cars a monopoly of the streets.

First Light:
Sojourns with People of the Outer Hebrides, the Sierra Madre, the Himalayas, and Other Remote Places
Ethan Hubbard
(Chelsea Green)
If you ever entertained thoughts that the photograph is non-judgmental --- free of editorializing --- let this volume be a lesson to you. Never has there been a more complete collection of happy, smiling, friendly, laughing, winsome, thoughtful, strong-backed natives: not a booger or egg-eye in the bunch.

A Chair for Elija
Menke Katz
(The Smith)
Like I. B. Singer, Menke Katz has a whole zoo of beasts, birds, sea monsters, and Old Testament figures that crawl, swim, fly, and rage through his verse.

A Collection of Classic Southern Humor, II
George W. Koon, Editor
Goering said that when he heard the word "culture," he reached for his gun. We have the same response to those books labelled "humor" and "classic." With this one, our instincts are right.

End of Empire
Brian Lapping
(St. Martins)
End of Empire, which came out of the television series on Granada Television, in England. is the best substitute for a lousy education we could imagine. Ten British colonies are dealt with --- their history, their independence, their present and future --- described with care and good writing.

Sound-Shadows of the New World
Ved Mehta
This is chronicle of his life at the Arkansas School for the Blind forty-five years ago; and if you think you have culture shock when you go to, say, Cleveland --- imagine what it would be like journeying from the Hindu town of Simi, India, to Little Rock in 1949.

The Golden Donors:
A New Anatony of The Great Foundations
Waldemar Nielsen
Nielsen is a lucid writer, and his descriptions of founding and operation of the thirty-six organizations listed here (all of them with assets of more than $250,000,000) is enough to make a grown man cry.

An Illustrated Price Guide To Non-Paper Sports Collectibles
Ted Hake and Roger Steckler
(Hake's Press)
Our favorites are the "Wheaties Beavers Knot Hole Gang" from the 30s, Ali's "Float Like A Butterfly/Sting Like a Bee," "Phooey to Boston" (with an Indian lad holding his nose), and an ancient one from three-quarters of a century ago that says First Base: I am at the bat for the Dispatch & Pioneer Press.

World Poetry
"Four poems in Urdu, two in Marathi, three in Hindi, three in Bengali, one in Tamil, among others. Whew."

The Strange Life of Sumner Welles
"He was once described by Washington columnists Alsop and Kintner as a tall, powerfully-built, beautifully tailored man with the glacial manner, and an expression which suggests that a morsel of bad fish has somehow or other lodged itself in his moustache."

Lust in the Library Stacks
"His Dewey Decimal Classification system had little or nothing to do with classification, decimals, or deweys, but rather came about because of his interest in Victorian Ladies and their bustles."

Picture Mexico City
"Ten kids with ten cameras, strolling everywhere, taking pictures of their families, and the local drunks, and the local iglesia, and the dogs, and the gangs, and the graffiti-filled walls, and the street clowns."

Donkeys and Dead Worlds
"All these dead suns...fragments of dead worlds, shattered and exploded, old moons, flawed and cankered, crusts, sores, blotches, cold lupus, devouring leprosy, sanies, and that last drop of pearl-like light, the purest of all, sweating at the highest point of the firmament and about to not a tear nor a dewdrop, but a drop of pus."

Kiss My (Left) Foot
"When a Celestial takes into his hand a woman's foot, especially if it is very small, the effect upon him is precisely the same as is provoked in a European by a young and firm bosom."

The Day Friedrich Nietsche Went Crazy
"Friedrich was singing --- enunciating clearly, though when he talked he used to stutter --- he was singing a poem which was unknown to us, and it was his latest poem, Venice. I don't like Friedrich's compositions. They're mediocre. But this song...well, by God, it was sublime."

The New World in 1787
"The seed ticks made life miserable in summer, and the bedbugs which Virginia called chinches. With Southerners the drinking of spirituous liquors was a delightful --- and frequent --- ceremony which involved extraordinary mixtures: mint sling, pumpkin flip, bumbo, apple toddy."

The Year They Tried to Censor The Deputy
"Hell's fire, I figured, another, longer telegram might further set astir the journalistic duck ponds of Manhattan. (I am a firm believer in telegrams; Deliver, do not phone, is a most effective creed; few among us are jaded enough not to take notice of the flat-chested yellow carrier pigeon from Western Union.)"

The Dying of a Child
"Little children seem to age in a few hours. One sees a heedless, careless, child become all at once wide-awake, high-strung, alert to the matter in hand, and this is, breathing."

Three from World Poetry
"Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy;
My sin was too much hope of thee, loved boy:
Seven years thou wert lent to me, and I thee pay,
Exacted by thy fate, on the just day."

Two By Marlene Joyce Pearson
"I remember the toad the preacher cast out of that sixteen-year old girl. There was a picture of it in a jar and for six dollars you could send for a record of its cries and an eight by ten glossy."

A Sonnet to Helen
"And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face among a crowd of stars."

What Lord Keynes called Woodrow Wilson
And --- a reviewer tell us what kind of books he is looking for: "Don't send anything about UFOs or Angels."

Lip Service
M. J. Rose
(Lady Chatterley's Library)
If you are one of those people who are goes gaga over anonymous voices on the telephone, let your fingers do the walking to the nearest Sex line, which will give you --- we suspect --- a bit bigger bang for the buck than Lip Service.

Carol E Parrish-Harra
Edited by Maggie Webb-Adams
(Sparrow Hawk)
Sometimes, we think if we have to read yet another neo-Buddhist "let-me-comfort-you on-your-journey" tome we'll scream. Reflections is an excellent example --- an overweening mix of Lao T'se, the I Ching, Dr. Joyce Brothers, and Baba Boo Bubby.

A Fine Day For A Middle-Class Marriage
Marlene Joyce Pearson
(Red Hen)
Her words reflect a childhood filled with the harsh world of Bible and poverty and beatings and love-hunger --- but all leavened (as it always must be) with a wry sense of the ridiculousness. She defines life as "a bowling alley."

Writing in Disguise
Academic Life in Subordination
Terry Caesar
Writing in Disguise comes across as no more nor less than an extended whine. It's very ivy-league, all very elevated --- with appropriate detail, structure, and language --- but it's a whine, just the same.

The Rise and Fall of Gay Culture
Daniel Harris
His thesis is that, with the business world recognizing the immense spending power of gays, the old customs and rituals are disappearing, "...our involvement with the arts and camp, our highly mannered style of humor..." is threatened with extinction.

Chaplin: His Life And Art
David Robinson
According to "Variety," Chaplin is a "labor of love" --- but it is also a labor to read. Chaplin's life, like the lives of all of us, was complex and tangled --- more so, because he was The First Beatle, a man who was projected, by the media, into the hearts and minds of millions of people.

Classics Revisited
Kenneth Rexroth
(New Directions)
Sixty of the classics, from Gilgamesh to the plays of Chekhov. And it's a humdinger. For example, this on "The Canterbury Tales:" Like a dream told to a psychoanalyst, each Tale reveals the deepest complexities of character. The Tales judge the narrators...

The Eternal Legacy
An Introduction to The Canonical Literature Of Buddhism
Maha Sthavira Sangharakshita
It's rough seas here for those who are interested in Buddhism of a lower level. Many obscure tracts with names like Patisambhida-magga and Sariputra- abhidharma-sastra bend the eye and bother the ear.

Robert Peters
Peters wants us to see, taste, and smell, say, the chopping off of blackened feet, the smell of gangrene...We'd suggest there are probably more pleasant ways to idle away a summer's eve than performing (or reading about) such chill capers.

In The Orchard
Charles W. Pratt
Pratt is one of those country poets who tells us more than we would want to know about stars, and apples, and wild blueberries; there are daisies in such profusion that those of us who abjure country living wonder "Why Bother?"

Reaching Up, Reaching Out For What You Want
Leland Pulley
Pulley wants us to REACH FOR THE BETTER THINGS IN LIFE, but he keeps dragging in the old saws, shouting them in capital letters, like USE YOUR MIND MORE FULLY, or GUARD YOUR HEALTH, or MAKE GOOD DECISIONS.