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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Book Feature

Re: “Tour Brochure?

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.
John Annerino

Posted by John Annerino on 03/09/2011 at 5:13 PM

Re: “In-Between

This is a funny and touching book. I'm glad it is getting some press.

Posted by Man-at-arms on 03/05/2011 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Bear With It

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"

Posted by Super Reader! on 02/24/2011 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Nature of Family

If interested in purchasing Bloom, you may find it locally at Antigone Books on 4th Avenue, or online at For a signed copy, please contact me at

Many thanks,

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Posted by on 01/20/2011 at 10:48 AM

Re: “An Odd Anthology

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.

Posted by rferrier on 01/12/2011 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Cowboys and Spirits

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.

Posted by Simple Grace on 01/02/2011 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Downtown's Demise

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.

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Posted by Pinksunrise on 12/05/2010 at 4:37 PM

Re: “A Man Missing a Beat

Well deserved review. Thanks.

Posted by bkap on 11/24/2010 at 10:00 AM

Re: “No Redemption

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.

Posted by WISN on 11/21/2010 at 11:00 PM

Re: “A Man Missing a Beat

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.

Posted by Shannon Yarbrough on 11/20/2010 at 2:35 PM

Re: “A Man Missing a Beat

Great reveiw and FANTASTIC BOOK! Mark is one of my favorite authors!

Posted by Alice on 11/16/2010 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Deposited by Angels

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.

Posted by tjcrews on 11/01/2010 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Cantankerous Cowboy

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 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 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

Posted by trustfundbaby on 10/25/2010 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Rotten Eggers

I lugged this book all the way to Vietnam, and I now regret that it was a probably a large factor in my overweight charges. (I probably could have just found it for free anyways, the discard of some trendy backpacker in a cheap hostel.) I finished it begrudgingly today and went straight to the web to see if I was the only one who found it, well, an unbearable work of startling ineptitude.


I felt like I was in a college-level creating writing class watching everyone salivate over some moron, keeping my mouth shut all the while, thinking I was the only person who "didn't get it." I had just read Michael Chabon's "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" when I started reading Eggers, which may have catapulted the feeling of eating a really good stir-fry and, thinking I was going for a second helping, ended up with a four-day stomach virus, but even without the comparison, this book, in my humble opinion, really blew.

Again, thank you.

Posted by Thank you on 09/27/2010 at 5:20 AM

Re: “Fish Tales

Tim all of what you said is true! Please read Salmon's earlier works (ie: Home Is The River, Gila Descending (Edward Abbey liked it) and Signal To Depart (about the continued destruction of Mimbres sites) also consider taking off from Sweltering Tucson and driving I-10 to Lordsburg, turn north on NM highway 90, continue above Silver City on NM 15 to the Gila Wilderness Visitor Center/Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. See the Gila River Forks, soak in a stream side hot spring Geronimo himself rejuvenated himself! Take a fishing rod and catch a trout, small mouth bass and or a channel catfish. Cook it in a cast iron pan above searing hot coals of freshly burned juniper or mesquite you brought from you yard back in the old pueblo. And thank your higher power for Aldo leopold for saving this nearly pristine place. Then head back down 15(hopefully after sleeping along the banks of the Gila, in Gila Hot springs campgground, put to sleep by the melodice sound of flowing water.. then reurn down highway 15 back to silver city, drive through town highway 180 (14th street) turn north onto Little Walnut. Three miles up on the left is High Lonesome road which at the end is Dutch Salmon High Lonesome Bookstore and guest cottage, go on in and meet Dutch, his wife Cherri and their son Bud. Very approachable people, you may even find one of those afore mentioned works by Dobie, or Abbey and Salmons own works..................

Posted by ex ranger on 09/20/2010 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Deathship Earth

As a committed conservationist I will try and get this boook. I hope that it makes the point that biodiversity is not some fancy hobby but is central to our own survival. People must realize this if it is to become the important issue it deserves to be. Above all, we will continue to spiral downwards in our "spaceship" earth, unless we stop our unsustainable population growth. But so many interests of an economic nature are bound up in this perpetual growth that it is hard to do. Only a complete U-turn will get us out of this one. On an optimistic note, a leading industrialist in Australia, Dick Smith, is sponsering a political party called Sustainable Australia. Many think that Australia is a big country - it is a big desert. Less than 6% is arable land and after only about 200 years of colonization, we have decimated our small forest areas by around 80%. We have no rivers to speak of ( Oh for a Mississippi ) and water is becoming a very contentious issue - there is simply not enough for ou current lifestyle.

Posted by Mary Connor on 08/26/2010 at 7:16 AM

Re: “School Is Murder

While Gerry Hernbrode was principal at Keeling Elementary, I visited a number of classes and was tremendously impressed by the kids and their dedicated teachers. The progress of children in English as a Second Language classes was amazing and much more than vocabulary was being learned by these students who spoke five different first languages. The school was an island of safety, fun, and opportunity. It's rewarding to go there again in PROVINCIAL JUSTICE. I look forward to more Kate Mahoney adventures

Posted by mairi on 08/21/2010 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Flying and 'Falling'

Jarret Keene's appreciative review of two fine poets is, as usual, on the mark, though naturally both would benefit from more extensive commentary. His kickoff remark about the Norton anthology is interesting, because that popular volume seems as devoted to exclusion as to inclusion of much of the best work being done today. Publishing has become far too much a matter of celebrity creation than finding the best poems other than those of the past (well represented for the most part).
Perhaps too many editors are editing people, not poems. It's nothing new, of course. Keene's keen responses are very welcome for their freshness and his concentration on what it should be about, the work itself.
(from Dublin): David Ray,

Posted by David Ray on 07/04/2010 at 5:40 AM

Re: “Flying and 'Falling'

I graduated with a creative writing major and still appreciate my poetry classes in the late 60s and early 70s for how they taught me to be spare. However, I have since almost never enjoyed what passes for contemporary poetry. Burgess Needle is an "old" poet in years, but I hope his his poetry (assembled since retirement) signals a new wave of wise writers in this genre.
Karen Dahood

Posted by Karen Dahood on 06/30/2010 at 9:06 PM

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

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