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 [...]
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 [...]
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), [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]