Outside Looking In

Outside Looking In

Book cover: The Subway, painting by José Clemente Orozco (1928) This is the first installment of reviews of lesser-known books which mainstream publications are likely to overlook. The Bulgarian Psychiatrist by Thomas McGonigle. Spuyten Duyvil Press. 2022. 116 pages. $18 ...
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Antics of a Shamanic Librarian

Antics of a Shamanic Librarian

Book cover From Deadbeat to Dean: Underground: A Memoir. Peter McDonald. Library Juice Press, Sacramento, CA, 2022. by Tonia Shoumatoff Peter McDonald’s saga about his peregrinations from punk rock promoter to dean of a major university library system in California ...
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Homer's Odyssey, Book One

Homer’s Odyssey, Book One

In 1991 I acquired the paperback edition of A Commentary on Homer’s Odyssey by Stephen Huebeck, Stephanie West, and J.B. Hainsworth, which had first appeared in hardback from Clarendon in 1988. I spent two years doing my own translation. Since ...
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What are friends for?

What are friends for?

Book cover Dear Old Friends: A Loving Reminder the Band won’t stop playing till you stop dancing. James B Flaherty. Amazon. Review by Kevin T McEneaney Addressing the challenges of old age with savvy and charm, Flaherty @ jamesbflaherty.com, provides ...
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PARTY OF PICTURES

PARTY OF PICTURES

By Thomas McGonigle “and the party will go on for a thousand years,” he was saying Every year in March there is a St. Patrick’s Day Party on West 11th Street. Rarely is it on the actual day, March 17th ...
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Hunting Rabbits by Moonlight

Hunting Rabbits by Moonlight

On a Dark Night with Enough Wind by Lilla Pennant. Published by Y Lolfa. 160 pages. Reviewed by Antonia Shoumatoff. Lilla Pennant grew up in an English-style manor house with forty rooms called Nantlys in North East Wales, a region ...
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A Diplomat for All Seasons

A Diplomat for All Seasons

Virgilio R. Reyes, Jr. A Memory of Time. Virgilio A. Reyes, Jr. New Day Publishers. by Kevin T. McEneaney Collections of miscellaneous essays are not always notable. Here a retired Philippine ambassador, who has traveled the globe as he worked ...
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Humor and Sincerity on the same Page

Humor and Sincerity on the same Page

Reviewed by Kevin T. McEneaney And then I Bumped into This Guy called Charlie by Luis R. González Argüeso. If you have seen the musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, you would have noted that the aesthetic sensibility wobbles between intense ...
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The Nordic System

The Nordic System

Why would Anu Partanen, a recent immigrant from Finland to the United States, feel threatened by the uncertainties of health care and education and the costs child care? She was about to get married and these are issues that face ...
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Greta on Climate Crisis

Greta on Climate Crisis

Our House is on Fire; Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis by the family of Greta Thunberg. Penguin paperback 2018. Greta Thurnberg made the headlines and wrote a short book about her teenage adventure into environmental activism ...
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