Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 3, Fall

A Brief Biography of a Colorblind Revolutionary
A Brief Biography of a Colorblind Revolutionary Bill V. Mullen. W.E.B. Du Bois: Revolutionary Across the Color Lines. London: Pluto Press, October 2016. ISBN: 978-0-7453-3505-6. Biography. 240pp. $20.This book is advertised, justly for its dimensions,...
A Bulge over the Belt of Texas
(Zachary Taylor)Men of action value men of action. Hungry for land, we'd settled into the hot, hot heat of Camargo with whatever bodies could carry the weight of the nation, but now the frontier was blazing. The village ground had softened into a cesspool....
A Digressive Assault on the Faults of the Czar of the War on Drugs
A Digressive Assault on the Faults of the Czar of the War on Drugs Alexandra Chasin. Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger's War on Drugs. Chicago: University Press of Chicago, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-226-27697-7. Current Affairs....
A First-Person Fictional Memoir. of Crash Survival in Alaska
A First-Person Fictional Memoir... of Crash Survival in Alaska Brian Murphy with Toula Vlahou. 81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska's Frozen Wilderness. Boston: Da Capo Press: Perseus Books Group, 2015....
A Long-Overdue Manifesto against Tax Havens
A Long-Overdue Manifesto Against Tax Havens Gabriel Zucman. The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens. Teresa Lavender Fagan, Tr. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-226-42264-0. Economics. $16.00.I quoted Adam Smith's...
A Memoir from a General in the Indonesian Revolution
A Memoir from a General in the Indonesian Revolution Suhario Padmodiwiryo. Revolution in the City of Heroes: A Memoir of the Battle that Sparked Indonesia's National Revolution. Frank Palmos, Tr. Art Link: Ridge Books: NUS Press: National University...
Apollo Astronaut's Sarcastic Tale of Space Food, Probing and Other Commonalities
Apollo Astronaut's Sarcastic Tale of Space Food, Probing and Other Commonalities Donn Eisele. Apollo Pilot: The Memoir of Astronaut Donn Eisele. Francis French, Ed. Lincoln: Potomac Books: University of Nebraska Press, January 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8032-6283-6....
Are Billionaires Stupid or Are They Pretending?
Are Billionaires Stupid or are They Pretending? Jonathan A. Knee. Class Clowns: How the Smartest Investors Lost Billions in Education. New York: Columbia University Press: Columbia Business School Publishing, November 2016. ISBN: 978-1-78360-789-1. Business....
A Retrospective on a Monumental Gallery
A Retrospective on a Monumental Gallery James Meyer. Dwan Gallery: Los Angeles to New York, 1959-1971. Washington DC: National Gallery of Art; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-226-42510-8. Current Affairs. 408pp. Cloth: $60.00.The...
Army of Shadows
Matt shivered. It was 5:00 AM, and the altitude was 4000 feet. A bright moon gave a pale illumination to the New Mexico desert. Matt was wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Many of the other marchers, probably more experienced, wore sweatshirts that would...
Chinese Women's Fight to Stay Unmarried and Rich
Chinese Women's Fight to Stay Unmarried and Rich Leta Hong Fincher. Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China. London: Zed Books, September 2016. ISBN: 978-1-78360-789-1. Current Affairs. 215pp. $15.95.When I asked my students this...
Did the Great Plains Indians Kill the Giant Sloths?
Did the Great Plains Indians Kill the Giant Sloths? David J. Wishart. Great Plains Indians: Discover the Great Plains. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, September 2016. ISBN: 978-08032-6962-0. Western History. 5X8". 168pp, 12 illustrations, 8 maps,...
Digressions on Cooking, Farming and Selling from Colonial Times Onwards
Digressions on Cooking, Farming and Selling from Colonial Times Onwards David S. Shields. Southern Provisions: The Creation & Revival of a Cuisine. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-226-42202-2. Cooking. 401pp. $19.00.I assumed...
For Ana: L'Ametlla del Vallès at Sunset
Fire the sky:Brush is burning on the hilltop,Gathered like an armyWith each of its black limbsBlazing against the pennants of sunset.Huddled into dips and ridges of the hillside,Stone-brown houses shelter the silence of the nightAs it creeps past ranks...
How Three Americans Prevented an ISIS Train Shooting
How Three Americans Prevented an ISIS Train Shooting Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Jeffrey E. Stern. The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes. New York: PublicAffairs, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-61039-7339....
If Only Civil Wars Took Special Requests
(Abraham Lincoln)It was midnight or later and I was afraid to sleep. Cows feel a similar disorientation when they are led to the slaughterhouse. My mind tended towards the terrible. It needed to be occupied and so there I was at the front door, shoveling...
If You Are a Victim of Online Sexism: Don't Read This Book
If You Are a Victim of Online Sexism: Don't Read This Book Bailey Poland. Haters: Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online. Lincoln: Potomac Books: University of Nebraska Press, November 2016. ISBN: 978-1-61234-766-0. Current & Political Affairs. 312pp....
Interview with Mark Stevens, Marketing Guru
Mark Stevens, CEO, leads MSCO, the marketing firm specializing in strategy and integrated marketing solutions. Specialties include digital marketing, social media, business consulting, branding, website design, advertising and product launches. Stevens...
Introduction
This issue includes a couple dozen scholarly book reviews from the editor, which cover women's, worker's, tax-payers, and other social rights. They also include some digressive thoughts on duels, authorship, revolutions and various other pertinent topics....
Journey's End
We went as far as the car would take us. White barricades with flashing lights and a stocky man topped by a yellow hard hat left no doubt. I dared not glance at my passenger as I turned right into a familiar parking lot and killed the engine."Now what?"...
"Love Bade Me Welcome": George Herbert's Eucharistic Poetry
Like many English majors, I first encountered the work of 17th-century poet and Anglican priest George Herbert in an English literature survey course. Our brief discussion of Herbert focused on his carmina figurata or "shape poems": poems that conveyed...
Multiple Perspectives on the Honourable Duel
Multiple Perspectives on the Honourable Duel Victor Kiernan. The Duel in European History: Honour and the Reign of Aristocracy, New Editioin. London: Zed Books, September 2016. ISBN: 978-1-78360-838-6. History. 348pp. $22.95.Some of the first book-length...
On How Not to Die in the Wilderness
On How Not to Die in the Wilderness Bruce L. Smith. Stories from Afield: Adventures with Wild Things in Wild Places. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, October 2016. ISBN: 978-0-8032-8816-4. Outdoor Adventure. 210pp. 5X8". $18.95.This is a nature...
Perhaps He'll Someday Chair a Few Committees after All
(James Knox Polk)Throughout the fall of 1812, Mr. Samuel Polk did what he had always done with his farms: terrorized slaves and made money. The surrounding woods offered a certain degree of hardness, and the plan (formed years ago upon arrival in Tennessee)...
Raspberry Jam
It was close to midnight when Suzy's kitchen phone jangled. Startled, she nearly lost her grip on the jar of raspberry jam that she was pulling out of the canner. What? A burglar checking to see if she was away for the weekend? She steadied herself and...
Self-Censorship in Bruneian Literature and News Reporting
In 2010 a novel-writing contest was promoted by the Bruneian government's Language and Literature Bureau in conjunction with the Sultan's 64th birthday celebrations. To the great embarrassment of the organisers, the output of no Bruneian writer even...
Socrates over for Supper
My beautiful young wife and I invitedSocrates for supper because we figuredhe wouldn't try to fondle heras did that old lech Aristotlebut also because I wanted to get somethingoff my chest that had beengiving me heartburn.He arrived in his usual diaper,...
The Anxiety of Influence
Clomping through the sand after having reada book of poems by Billy CollinsI feel that Billy would approveif I tried to borrow his easy cadence, tone,his airiness and melancholic optimismas I observe an osprey dive into the Atlanticthen ascend with a...
The History of Book Burning for Young Readers
The History of Book Burning for Young Readers Kenneth Baker. On the Burning of Books: How Flames Fail to Destroy the Written Word. London: Unicorn Publishing Group LLP, October 2016. ISBN: 978-1-910787-11-3. History. 60 color plates. 256pp. Cloth: $40.This...
The LA Homeless and the Cops That Arrest Them
The LA Homeless and the Cops That Arrest Them Forrest Stuart. Down, Out & Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780-226-37081-1. Sociology. Cloth. 333pp.Thousands of people move to...
The Lunch Room: 2 November 2016
Dear Readers Hanging on Every Word, what I miss most (aside fromnot being alive the last eight months) is sitting around the tablewhich'd accommodate ten chairs even though there are never thatmany.Each one proceeds to get his or her own midday mealfrom...
The Strange Economic Policies of an Oil Paradise
The Strange Economic Policies of an Oil Paradise Raul Gallegos. Crude Nation: How Oil Riches Ruined Venezuela. Lincoln: Potomac Books: University of Nebraska Press, October 2016. ISBN: 978-1-61234-770-7. Current Affairs. 256pp. 9 photographs, 1 map....
Thoreau over for Supper
M pretty young wife askedwhat she should fix for supperwhen Thoreau came over and I told herbeans, he likes beans.He arrived late, a bit disheveledand said his jaw hurt, did we haveany ice? I recalled the sympatheticsymptoms of tetanus he experiencedwhen...
Timely Source for Serious Global Investors
Timely Source for Serious Global Investors Marko Dimitrijevic with Timothy Mistele. Frontier Investor: How to Prosper in the Next Emerging Markets. New York: Columbia University Press: Columbia Business School Publishing, 2017. ISBN: 978-023117-044-4....
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