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 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 [...]
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 [...]
B. Traven’s novel The White Rose is the account of a the attempt by an American oil company to take over a ranch in Mexico. When he learned from his Mexican lawyer that honest means failed, the oil company president, Collins, decided on a change of tactics:
When Mr. Collins read the letter, he commented [...]
Just got this press release from Vox Press.
My non-profit group VOX, is initiating a Creative Writing program in Mississippi’s largest, oldest, and most notorious prison, Mississippi State Penitentiary, better known as Parchman Farm. We’ve already set the class up and it will start in January. I have already spoken with the [...]
The opening of the short story “Accomplices,” from The Kidnapped Saint & other stores.
Vincent Pliego couldn’t make it any more in Jalisco, where he had been involved with the police several times. He had to clear out now because a new director of police had been installed, who began quickly and thoroughly [...]
This is from B. Traven’s The Death Ship. A death ship (this one is called the Yorikke) is one whose crews, lacking papers, have no way of leaving or forcing the captain to pay them, and that is at some point, soon, going to be sunk for insurance with the crew/witnesses aboard. The book was [...]