You da** sure have it right, Leo! I read the entire book at one sitting. I'm not a Dogie, I had parents, but I also had a yearning to make a hand from a very young age. There were times when Joe watched me trying. Art Brooks, Wickenburg, Arizona
It's wonderful that the Plaza de Toros sits empty. Maybe you could arrange to have dog fighting there. Bullfighting is a remnent of a historic time when men weren't very civilized. Apparently, some men still lust for blood and have the desire to kill (or to watch) and it's a sore commentary on those people
Many thanks for this review. I'll be at the Tucson Festival of Books with Elmore Leonard at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Thanks for the info Pattie. I had several others I wanted to include but I ran out of space.
Nice batch of books! I would also add the wonderful collection of docent recipes published several years ago, "Dining with the Desert Museum".
As long-time Tucsonans probably know, Francisca was the wife of Lloyd who ran Lloyd's Mexican Restaurant on Sixth St., one block east of Park Ave. Great food and a great little family restaurant.
[i]"Before I go any further, I want to say something to any climate-change deniers out there: Please, for the sake of the rest of us (not to mention the planet), pull your heads out of your ponderous asses. There is no doubt that climate change is happening. It is directly tied to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, an earthshaking development in human history that led directly to a massive increase in the combustion of fossil fuels and thus their combustion products. It is supported by an irrefutable body of scientific facts. Not believing in climate change is like not believing in gravity, or not believing that the Earth is round."[/i]
To start an article out with a pointed insult to those who don't believe in many things, is not a way to win over any reader, whether they be liberal or not. Climate change has been happening to the planet for thousands and millions of years you 'ponderous ass'. (example; the coming and going of the ice age) It was only thanks to man and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, that the process was sped up ten fold. The planet will change (as everything does) and all we can do is adapt and help slow the process, by taking more care into how we do things.
Ultimately, climate change will happen whether you like it or not.
I will read this book as I do wish to read into another person's view on how the world is changing through their eyes.
On a recent swing through San Diego, Lane Van Ham was a guest of our organization, Jubilee Economics, for a presentation and a podcast. For those interested, the presentation, addressing a number of border-minded activists, clergy, and educators, is on YouTube at http://youtu.be/zoxFR4Wf-Ko. (Apologies that it's rather plain a presentation. We didn't get the room we planned on.) And the podcast, A Common Humanity, can be heard at http://goo.gl/qHGJu (bottommost link in the article).
There's plenty of information to enhance the reading of the book itself.
I went to the mission with my boys in 2000 and had very strange experiences. Staying a a neaby hotel I had dreams abour a priest and how a women feel in love with him and he refused her love because she had an affair.. Then when I went there I went to the hill nearby where the gate is and saw and felt such terror, fear and destruction. It was like people were being massacred all around. Then when I went to go in the church it was hard fir ne. I just wanted to cry and my boys had to kead me in. Looking around I felt so much pain and couldn't even look at anything without feeling so strange. It was kike I had to get out of there and once I got outside I could breath. Even looking at pictures now I just see glowing and someting I don't understand. I saw so many strange visions there and don't really understand them.
Thank you Michele Skillett Lincoln Nebraska
Jock Sturges is an AMAZING photographer. Keep up the excellent work Jock!!! Mark Montgomery NYC, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for the insightful review, Tim. Back in early November, the Pinal County Greens recommended this book: http://pinalcountygreens.blogspot.com/2011…
I hope it's okay that I just posted an update linking to your review. Thanks again!
Re: Jarret Keene review of Hemingway: A Desperate Life by David Ray
Keene is quite entitled to his opinion of David Ray’s opinion of Hemingway, but Ray’s book is no more a critique of Hemingway’s writing than Keene’s review is of Ray’s. Other than a general dismissal of Ray’s book, Keene has ignored Ray’s poetry, so I guess we can justifiably ignore Keenes’s review. Read Ray’s book and decide for yourself: poet’s revenge or a scholar and admirer of Hemingway’s work who is able to separate the man from his writing?
Jon Shumaker is a class act. Tucson Weekly's brand is counterculture, we're for the underdog, but you are the very establishment the anti-Wall Street is protesting. “Man the fuck up,” (thanks Zel) and either pay him what he's worth, or fire his ass so he’ll write the Tom Wolfe novel burning inside of him you lame ducks have been too arrogant and self-absorbed all these years to recognize. Your pittance reminds one of what Godfather author Mario Puzo was variously quoted as saying, "If you want to get paid from a publisher, go in with a mask and a gun." Shame on the fish wrapper Tucson Weekly! The Big Dog
I believe the fence, unlike the Berlin Wall, is to keep Aliens out not to keep U.S. Citizens in!
Darrell James has written an wonderful book. I just finished reading this book and stay up past my bedtime doing it, but it was such a good storyline that it was worth it. I cannot waite to see where Darrell takes Del in the next installment.
This review was absolutely scintillating and the book even more. Also, I found that he has a website at http://mcilroywritingservices.com which other readers may enjoy as a biographical companion.
Thank you for the wonderful, insightful review so richly deserved by this moving book.
I had the pleasure of attending Jeff Guinn's discussions at the Festival of Books the last two years. Very interesting guy, as were the other panelists. They seems to be a group of modern historians writing in a "Stephen Ambrose-esque" style. That is, writing a story of history in an eminently readable way yet backing that story with major research. Have been looking forward to this book coming out and will be at the book signing.
Hear Susan Cummins Miller read at Other Voices Reading Series this Friday, Apr 8th at 7:30 p.m., at Antigone Books. More info:
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