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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Book Feature

Re: “Fish Out of Water

Veil of Roses has been my absolute favorite book since I read it two years ago. As a young woman that has grown up in America, I cannot understand what it would have been like to grow up the way Tamila did. To imagine that you will never have the freedom that you dream of. I cried several times when reading this book, and I gurantee you that you will too. Laura Fitzgerald has touched many hearts by writing this book, and she has impacted everyone that has read this book. We will now never take what we have in America -the fundamentals of our country- for granted.

Posted by allysneddon on 05/13/2010 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Brave New Future

Charles Bowden is clearly one of the greatest writers to come out of the desert Southwest, and Shumaker is absolutely right to say that his work represents “a new kind of writing,” one in which terror and exhilaration are virtually inseparable. In fact, Bowden may very well become for the current era what Mark Twain was for the 19th century: the one imagination (with an utterly original, powerful, and at times almost brutal prose style) who is uniquely capable of penetrating the American soul.

Posted by Ken Lauter on 04/17/2010 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Hapless Hippies Foul The Frontier

Fountainhead, indeed: self-righteous and humorless to the end!

Posted by Babs on 04/01/2010 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Brave New Future

Charles Bowden smolders. Trinity's nice, and Berman's photos are great. But if you want the fire, the real deal, see/listen to this piece in NPR today on his new book, "Murder City:"….

While I love all his books, and his nature writing is excellent too, he's a crime reporter at heart, and his series on the crisis in Cd. Juarez the past several books has been topnotch stuff.


Posted by kuaaina on 04/01/2010 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Dancing Home

"I would love to read an entire book of just his field notes, which, for an ethnographer, is a high compliment."

I agree completely! As much as I was absolutely fascinated by his work to understand the tribe, I found myself (im)patiently reading, hoping that as I turned the page another one of his field notes stories would be waiting for me. David - I eagerly await your "Noted from the field" book.

Posted by becca1st on 03/25/2010 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Dancing Home

For those interested, David Delgado Shorter is going to be speaking on Monday, April 5th, 2010 at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona at 7:30pm. One of his tribal collaborators, Felipe Molina, will also be there answering questions and signing books. For more information visit either or He will be speaking in Tucson in May at one of the Yoeme/Yaqui pueblos and will be interviewed on the radio program, "Tribal Legacies."

Posted by Yoridog on 03/25/2010 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Culture of Risk

"It is sad," says Patricia, a migrant from Irapuato, "because I didn't come to steal from this country, but to work, to get ahead. ... You endure a lot to reach this country."
Too bad Patricia couldn't "endure" what it takes to come here legally: getting an education and skills that an employer could sponsor her for and then applying for a visa to come. And it really doesn't matter whether Patricia INTENDED to steal from this country--fact is, she IS stealing from this country and its people.

Posted by Ali999 on 03/18/2010 at 5:09 AM

Re: “Culture of Risk

"However, there are lots of people who become enflamed over the topic, exploding like hand grenades at the thought of anyone from Mexico placing even one unsanctioned toe on American soil."
Let's see. We have upwards of 20 MILLION people putting their "unsanctioned" BODIES on American soil--and remaining here, demanding amnesty and meanwhile depriving Americans of jobs and using social services and welfare without paying taxes anywhere near what they cost us. So yes, we become "enflamed"--particularly since wonderful Mexico is also these days sending us the "gift" of drug- and people-smuggling related violence, as well as garden variety criminals.

Posted by Ali999 on 03/18/2010 at 5:06 AM

Re: “Gems of Genius

I enjoyed this article very much. Have you read any of her short stories? I find them particularly haunting- a list can be found at the end of the article in the Review of Contemporary Fiction, Summer 2003, by Brian Evenson and Joanna Howard. I am writing my PhD on Ann Quin- do have a look at my fledgling website on her at

Posted by Nonia Williams Dodd on 03/14/2010 at 3:52 AM

Re: “Living Laboriously

"The book calls for a higher minimum wage, protection of rights to unionize, and enforcement of existing labor and safety laws."

If you want these issues to happen, you need to start enforcing immigration laws and punishing companies that hire illegals.

Posted by Nate1980 on 03/01/2010 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Native Places

I cannot agree with this commentator more. Ian Record's book is exemplary--incredible scholarship and deeply moving. As someone who lives near San Carlos Reservation and has known many of the individuals of whom Record speaks, I must say he does a great job of accurately portraying them and the enduring legacy they represent.

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Posted by Paul Machula on 12/31/2009 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Vicious Verse

Thanks, Jarret and TW. The book is actually half that silly cover price at,

Posted by mfrissore on 12/16/2009 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Canine Common Sense

First, as the author of Am I Boring My Dog, I'm really grateful for this thoughtful review. Of course, Tim Vanderpool is a great defender of animals -- his investigative work on the greyhound track is especially outstanding -- so it's no surprise that he really "got" my book.

I just wanted to emphasize that the methods that Millan uses are not only dangerous, but are often ineffective in the long run. And they are definitely not conducive to fostering good relationships -- based on communication, not force -- between dog and owner. For example, Kane, the Great Dane that's "cured" of his linoleum phobia in the example cited above. The technique Millan uses is called "flooding" by animal behaviorists; it's similar to putting arachnophobes into a room full of spiders. Professional trainers who look at the film of the episode note that, rather than being calmed, Kane has shut down, the canine equivalent of catatonia. There are other methods that are far less harmful (desensitizing, for example) to cure dogs of their phobias. Millan shouldn't get credit for using outdated methods -- based, incidentally, on outdated wolf pack studies -- to get results that look good on TV but are actually traumatic.

Posted by Edie on 12/09/2009 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Crank It Out!

This is a wonderful article for this writing event and it is definitely something worth trying if you are one who says they want to be a writer/author. I've been participating for two years now and it is a wonderful experience. Although I am the above mentioned "pantser" type of wrimo, I've found that without the burdens of having to make everything believable and getting stuck on revision, your characters will susprise you with the way they handle situations and move the story on their own in fast paced writing. It is truly a neat experience and I plan to do it for years to come.

Jessa D.

Posted by Jeldi on 11/21/2009 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Crank It Out!

There is also a Script Frenzy associated with the Office of Letters and Light, the kind souls who lead us fearlessly into the fray. Gotta go now... I'm only at 21911 words on Day 21.

Heather Severson
Gypsy Scholar, Mercenary Writer and Good Citizen

Posted by Heather Severson on 11/21/2009 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Crank It Out!

Thanks for a great article! This is my third year as a Wrimo, and I love this program. In 2007 I didn't hear about till mid-month, so I finished my novel in two weeks. I don't remember when I finished last year, but this year I finished in about two-and-a-half weeks. I use NaNoWriMo to pace myself, making sure other work is caught up and I've got a plot pretty well outlined by November. My husband cooks Thanksgiving dinner, and eating is my reward for writing 50,000+ words, and maybe even getting started on the editing process. (March is NaNoEdMo, by the way.)

Ashleen O'Gaea
Wiccan priestess and author

Posted by Ashleen on 11/19/2009 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Biosphere Blowhard

Dear all,

In order to complete my post above, John is an amazing person and thinker who has been truly affected by the end of this project which was the outcome of 30 years of thinking and previous projects to study biomes across the world. He has seen received an extraordinary external pressure and it was impossible to deal with the project and this pressure. These people have killed his dream.

When I was speaking of a Bio2 failure, of course I did not mean a failure from John Allen but a failure to impose this project to a corporate and scientific establishment that was totally against it. Nobody else than John would have been better skilled to succeed but the external pressure was too high. John is a true person with strong beliefs and he couldn't have corrupted its initial ideas to please these people.

John has been ahead of this time (and even today external forces would fight such a project, at least in the US) and I really wish that the opinion on John and Biosphere 2 will change and that this project will deserve all the glory it always deserved and trigger a new interest in biospherics all over the planet.

Take care,


Posted by ggg on 10/20/2009 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Scrambled Men

Eve Wood has a misandrist agenda. When she talks about "gender differences", she's really talking about "gender superiority". She uses her show on Hay House Radio as a soapbox for angry women to just tear down men. And when books like this are published and people shrug their shoulders, but if a man wrote such opposite gender bashing opinions as she has made that they would be labeled "chauvinist" and their career put in danger, shows me that this PC society needs a serious enema.

Posted by Hopkins on 08/30/2009 at 5:40 PM

Re: “A Tribe Comes Together

Thanks Evan, for a terrific article about Lynne. You skillfully described her life as a writer and reminded all of us about how much we lost!

Posted by rbw on 08/25/2009 at 1:44 PM

Re: “A Tribe Comes Together

ok so first things first, i just have to know... why would you take such a compelling story about someone who was a close personal friend of mine and sully it with your inability to write. i mean, do you, just, love, to use, commas?

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Posted by Dragonballzrox on 08/20/2009 at 8:19 PM

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