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“If the flames of anger rise any higher in this land, your name on your tombstone will be covered with dirt.” dissident Iranian poet Simin Bahbani has died.

Simin Behbahani, the poet known as “the Lioness of Iran,” has died at 87.  I’ve only read a few of her poems, but she seems to have been a master of justified righteous fury.  As an example, here’s her poem about the 2009 uprising known as the “Green Revolution”

Stop Throwing My Country [...]

Chris Offutt selected for Best Essays of 2014

Oxford writer and Ole Miss writing prof Chris Offutt has been selected for Best Essays of 2014.  Congratulations!

From River Teeth, where the essay appeared:

Congratulations to Chris Offutt, whose essay “Someone Else” from River Teeth Volume 15, Number 1 will be reprinted in The Best American Essays2014. This year’s anthology is guest edited by John Jeremiah Sullivan. The series [...]

Reminder about Charles Marsh reading of the Bonhoeffer biography tomorrow

I’m almost done with Charles Marsh’s biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, which is a powerfully written and moving book.  I am very much looking forward to the reading tomorrow at 5:30 at Square Books.  Here’s the passage from the end of the chapter where the Gestapo has arrested Bonhoeffer (he did not leave prison alive), [...]

Charles Marsh’s Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer at Square Books May 7th

I’m reading Charles Marsh’s biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and looking forward to his reading at Square Books on May 7th.

Marsh was here previously with his book about theology in the civil rights movement, God’s Long Summer.  That was one of my favorite readings ever at Square Books.

I’m 170 pages or so into this [...]

James Crockett’s new book, a look at Scruggs, DeLaughter and the gang: Power Greed Hubris

University Press of Mississippi has a new look out at the Minor – Scruggs – DeLaughter bribery cases, titled Power Greed Hubris: Judicial Bribery in Mississippi.  This one is by James R. Crockett, a professor emeritus at the University of Southern Mississippi and adjunct professor of accountancy at the University of Mississippi. He wrote Hands in [...]

Some thoughts about what is great about Johnny Cash, from Michiko Kakutani at the NY Times

Michiko Kakutani has a really moving review of a new Johnny Cash biography, by Robert Hilburn, that is as good as anything I’ve read for describing the strengths of Cash’s music.  It begins:

Johnny Cash’s life was a country song full of love and loss, passion and heartbreak — grief, loneliness, guilt, faith, melodrama [...]

Nicholas Dawidoff and Collision Low Crossers at Square Books on Friday

Nicholas Dawidoff writes for the New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine.  His books include The Catcher was a Spy, about a 30s-era Yankees catcher (who mostly rode the bench) who was a spy for the OSS.  A multi linguist, about whom a Yankee manager said, “He can speak seven languages but can’t hit in [...]

Red Smith on fishing with his son

From American Pastimes.

A task force of three was made up swiftly. It included a young man of twelve, going on thirteen, who had never before attempted to mislead a trout with a tuft of feather or a barb of steel. He had, however, shown an encouraging spirit several summers earlier when he was [...]

Various Reactions to James Franco’s Adaptation of As I Lay Dying

Darl

Darl is clearly a poet and seer of sorts in the book; his monologues are full of rich language, and it becomes clear that he is picking up upon and understanding events that no other character understands.  That’s his role in the book, and, in the end, when he burns down the barn [...]

As I Lay Dying at the Lyric Monday night: “Sometimes I think it aint none of us pure crazy and aint none us pure sane…”

Tomorrow night, the James Franco movie of As I lay Dying will be showing at the Lyric Theater at 8, as a benefit for the Oxford Film Festival.  I plan to be there.

Sometimes I aint so sho who’s got ere right to say when a man is crazy and when he aint. Sometimes I [...]