Two events this week land at the crossroads of literacy and violence
Books are for nerds, librarians and kids?
‘A Landscape and Its Legacy: The Parklands of Floyds Fork’
Book declares free will an illusion … to an extent
By Sam Harris. Free Press; 83 pgs., $9.99.
'America, You Sexy Bitch'
‘America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom’
By Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain. Da Capo Press; 309 pgs., $26.
‘The Literary Salon’ podcast
The official name of the “Literary Salon” is “The Shoreditch House Literary Salon.” But the connotations of the word Shoreditch (the etymology of which is too complex to go
Author maps out the mysteries of the brain
‘Who’s In Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain’
By Michael Gazzaniga. Ecco Press, 272 pgs., $27.99.
June Leffler created and ran the youth-based arts and culture Goodwill Zine (GWZ) for 11 issues. Now, after a final “end of the world” issue, the end has arrived.
‘The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets: A Self-Help Memoir’
By Jeffrey Skinner. Sarabande Books; 184 pgs., $15.95.
‘Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975’
By Pat Thomas. Fantagraphics; 204 pgs., $39.99.
The Granta podcast
Like most baby boomers, I intermittently fall into the trap of believing something I have witnessed never to have existed until the moment I witnessed it.