- June 20th, 2016on New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America, by Wendy Warren (Liveright/W.W. Norton)
A probate record filed in Suffolk County, Massachusetts in 1661 lists “An Inventory of all such Goods Mr John Stoughton died possest of.” His estate included the following:
1 Stone horse, 1 Gelding Lame & Sickly
one man Negro named John & one Negro boy named Peter
One beam Scales & 882 of Leaden waights
Three bbs flower, 2 firkins of butter, bad
- May 30th, 2016
If You Can Tell is James McMichael’s sixth book of poems, not including The World At Large (1996), his selected collection. He has produced a book every decade or so. When a new one appears, I gather all of his titles and read them again.
- May 23rd, 2016on Villa Triste (Other Press) and Young Once (New York Review of Books), two novels by Patrick Modiano
American readers asked a collective “Who?” when French novelist Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2014.
- May 10th, 2016on Baseball Books: Larry Doby, the ’72 A’s and Reds, and the ’77-‘78 Dodgers (all via the University of Nebraska Press)
From the University of Nebraska Press
Greatness in the Shadows: Larry Doby and the Integration of the American League by Douglas M. Branson
Hairs Vs. Squares: The Mustache Gang, the Big Red Machine, and the Tumultuous Summer of ‘72 by Ed Gruver
Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977-78 Dodgers by Michael Fallon
- April 24th, 2016
Abysses / translated by Chris Turner (Seagull Books/ Univ. of Chicago)
The Hatred of Music / translated by Matthew Amos & Fredrik Rönnbäck (Yale University Press)
A Terrace in Rome / translated by Douglas Penick & Charles Ré (Wakefield Press)
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- April 20th, 2016on Arthur Dove by Rachael Z. DeLue (Univ. of Chicago) and Solomon D. Butcher, ed. by John E. Carter (Univ. of Nebraska)
In 1997, Rachael DeLue visited the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. to look at paintings by George Inness. She recalls, “My visit to the Dove galleries served as a diversion – some pleasant, no-strings-attached looking in the midst of intense scholarly study, or so I thought.