Hear Susan Cummins Miller read at Other Voices Reading Series this Friday, Apr 8th at 7:30 p.m., at Antigone Books. More info:
My new novel "The Miraculous Plot of Leiter & Lott" is now available in all ebook formats, and is set in Tucson and Dubai. --Jonathan Lowe
I ran into Jim Kristofic's "Navajos Wear Nikes" while searching for basketball references for a book I am writing on hoops. While Kristofic's book mentions basketball only in passing, I was not disappointed with the content. It is exciting to read. I was most impressed with the interplay of languages (Navajo, English) and the fun Jim and his schoolmates had communicating. It's an outstanding book from a great publisher, University of New Mexico Press. The book should do well in New Mexico because a good part of the Rez is in the state and the basketball teams dominate the state tournament in Albuquerque every year in several small to middle-sized school divisions.
All of us brothers and sisters, inheritors, of the one God!
Micky, while I see where you're coming from, the fact is that words are living objects, and their meanings change. Anglo, according to Webster's, means "a white inhabitant of the United States of non-Hispanic descent." http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/…
I havn't read the whole article, but I intend to. Just reading the first paragraphs, I notice the word anglos. I have to inform, that just because we're white, doesn't mean we're anglos. Some of us are Gaelic, Slavic, Gaulic, Germanic, Scandinavian, Spanish, and so on. Tucson expatriate, Micky Smythe
Thanks for the great reveiws. Some subjects for an enterprising Chattaqua actor here.
Students, scholars and other Cimarron Sea wayfarers should include on their book shelves:
•The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck and E.F. Ricketts, New York: Penguin, 1941, a perennial favorite read of mine. The literary giant was the first to sound the alarm of industrial fishing in the Sea of Cortez during his coastal hugging cruise with biologist Ed Ricketts from Cannery Row to the Upper Gulf.
•Tales from Tiburon: An Anthology of Adventures in Seriland, Neil B. Carmony and David E. Brown, eds. Phoenix: Southwest Natural History Association, 1983, another perennial favorite. Seasoned editors of the Southwest, Carmony and Brown present an intriguing anthology of Tiburon Island’s adventures, disasters, and ethnology.
•People of the Desert and the Sea: Ethnobotany of the Seri Indians by Richard Stephen Felger and Mary Beck Moser, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1985, is the go-to, must have reference of the Comcáac, (Seri people), their arts, language, traditions, and the biogeography of the Sea of Cortez and the sear reaches of the midriff islands and the gulf coast desert.
This is a funny and touching book. I'm glad it is getting some press.
I felt this review was undermined by the sweeping and unfair generalizations of this comment.
"Of course, to criticize a mass-market paperback for paper-thin characterizations is like picking on a jock for lacking brain cells. T"
If interested in purchasing Bloom, you may find it locally at Antigone Books on 4th Avenue, or online at http://www.simmonsbuntin.com/bloom. For a signed copy, please contact me at www.simmonsbuntin.com/contact.
I was nineteen years old when my Jim Thompson addled brain stumbled upon Red Line. Since then, I've read everything by the man I could get my hands on. He's one of the great treasures of our city and one of the very few people I'll read just because his name is on the byline or dust jacket. I wish someone would put together the magazine pieces more thoroughly. Like Joseph Mitchell and AJ Liebling, he's put forth some of the best writing, not just journalism, but writing this country has seen from the 80s, 90s and aughts. I worry that he'll never get his due. To my mind, he belongs up there with McCarthy, Stegner and Harrison and a few of the only people who really understand what it means to live in the West. Maybe this will get the ball rolling whilst he's still among us.
Can't wait to pick this one up! So excited to see Deborah Morgan listed. She takes the reader with her on all of her journeys through the pages.
Too bad Tucson politicians let historic neighborhoods in the downtown be bulldozed. The downtown here holds little attraction to my family. We are used to Albuquerque's Old Town, which has a beautiful plaza and old historic church surrounded by many interesting shops, and nearby museums, and free parking to top it off. We shopped a lot there, considering we were not tourists and lived there.Albuquerque's old town isn't just a tourist draw--it's part of locals' lives. Weddings, powwows, free concerts and festivals all year round, etc, all reason to go there. Tucson just doesn't have a lively, historic center like Albuquerque's Old Town.
Well deserved review. Thanks.
Great book, once I started reading I could not put it down. Several friends I have recommended Drowning Tucson to had the same experience. Violently brutal and unnerving at times but very much a part of society that many sadly have pulled the wool over their eyes to. Morales gives us a perspective that only a police interrogator or eyewitness would have.
Nice review! This was the third out of Mark's four books that I've read in the past two years; he's definitely a fav of mine too.
Great reveiw and FANTASTIC BOOK! Mark is one of my favorite authors!
I just ordered another copy of this beatiful book as a gift for my own mother. The pictures are amazing and the words show such a passion for the place and its spirituality. Fontana has indeed given Tucson and all of Arizona a real treasure with this tome. And the photographs are amazing. I suspect the first edition of this book will sell out quickly. The books are available on Amazon for a substantial savings. The book is very substantial and weighs nearly 9 pounds. I give this work my highest marks.
Hello John...this is an unusual request and i hope it doesn't inconvenience you. i just read your story about Nancy Coggeshall...My sister Cindy went to school in Rhode Island with her and apparently they were best friends..living next door to each other in Narraganset, R.I. Cindy is trying to reach Nancy after all these years and we were wondering if you could forward this to her...My sister is Cindy Hall (Houston)..lives on Balboa Island, Calif...her e-mail address is email@example.com. Her phone # is 949-673-2544 or cell 949-293-2752. Cindy has tried over and over to find her but to no avail.
Therefore, I am trying to do it for her! I tried Facebook but with no luck! i hope you can help us out..or Cindy...
Thanks in advance,
Sally (Hall) McManus
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