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The Great Leader by Jim Harrison

The Great Leader by Jim Harrison

Harrison, Jim.  The Great Leader, Grove Press, New York, 2011 (329pp.$24) Though he’d forgive us saying it, and probably emit a chuckle, the great novelist Jim Harrison is a tad bit daffy.  Maybe he always was, or maybe Americans ociety and culture, now gone entirely…

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Songs of Unreason by Jim Harrison

Songs of Unreason by Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison.  Songs of Unreason, Copper Canyon Press (143pp. $22)  My friend Arlice Davenport is the book editor of the Wichita Eagle.  He’s a perceptive traveler, philosopher and poetry lover.  He wrote this appreciative review of Jim Harrison’s latest volume of poetry.  I know he…

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Brown Dog by Jim Harrison

Brown Dog by Jim Harrison

Harrison, Jim.  Brown Dog, Grove Press, New York, 2014 (525pp. $27) Few American writers—Mark Twain comes to mind, the early Hemingway of the “Nick Adams Stories”, or in short bursts, Henry Miller, leave so much of their own blood and sinew on the written page…

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William S. Burroughs and Me

William S. Burroughs and Me

Every college kid my age read and was influenced by Beat literature in the 60’s.  After all, it was Lawrence, Kansas and everybody opposed the war in Vietnam, everybody smoked dope, and everybody was having a good time.  I came across “Naked Lunch” in a…

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Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton, John Armstrong

Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton, John Armstrong

de Botton, Alain; Armstrong, John.  Art as Therapy, Phaidon Press Ltd., London and New York, 2013 (239pp. $39.95) At the turn of the 20th century an Arts and Crafts movement, born in England as a response to the ailments of the Industrial Revolution and its…

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The Unwinding By George Packer

The Unwinding By George Packer

Packer, George, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2013 (430pp. $27) The unwinding of the Old America has taken forty years or so, seemingly stable structures firmly in place by 1960 which produced prosperity and economic…

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Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist by Bill McKibben

Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist by Bill McKibben

    McKibben, Bill.  Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, Times Books (Henry Holt and Company), New York, 2013 (272pp. $26). Independent science confirms that human-caused global warming is real.  There is reason to believe that a warming climate could have dire…

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2 new book reviews: Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life & Shot All to Hell: Jesse James

2 new book reviews: Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life & Shot All to Hell: Jesse James

Isenberg, Andrew, Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life, Hill and Wang (Farrar Strauss and Giroux), New York 2013 (296 pp. $30) Gardner, Mark Lee, Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, The Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape, William Morrow (Harper Collins), New York, 2013…

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The Best Book Ever Written About Raymond Chandler

The Best Book Ever Written About Raymond Chandler

Once you’ve read everything written by Raymond Chandler twice or three times a sense of melancholy intrudes.  You wish there were more but there isn’t. There are a number of fine works about Chandler, including the distinguished biography written in 1976 by Frank McShane, and…

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