Will the real Quichotte Please Stand UP?

Will the real Quichotte Please Stand UP?

After Salman Rushdie's lecture on composing his his novel Quichotte (the proper period pronunciation is in the title, before the royal lisp was adopted) at Bard College Sosnoff Theater, I went backstage, chatted with him; he was open, amusing, his ...
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Believing in Art

Believing in Art

Towards a Credo. Brian Arkins. Little Gull Publishers. 36 pages. 2022. Reviewed by Kevin T McEneaney Brian Arkins is not only Ireland’s leading Greek and Latin scholar, he is also well-known for shedding light on Irish poetry, plays, and Anglo-Irish ...
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When the last are first

When the last are first

New and Selected Poems, 1996-2020. Donald Gardner. Grey Suit. 225 pages. Reviewed by Kevin T McEneaney One of the reasons most people don’t read poetry is that poets take themselves too seriously: serious about their craft, subjects chosen, their advanced ...
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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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