R  A  L  P H
  The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities

Volume XXII, Number 1

Very Very Early Fall, 2000


How Not to Die of Pain,
The Sceptic System Owner's Manual, and
Stealing Rare Maps for Fun and Profit.

My Bloody Life
"The cant is that police are ham-strung
by laws (and the ACLU) which prevents them from wiping out
gang activities. It's at once simpler and more cynical than that.
Gangs provide needed services for the inner-city
and, indeed, for the urban centers as a whole."

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
"He is a paradoxical soul --- a man
in his late twenties who frets about his life and thoughts and
how other people see him. At the same time,
he's filled with awful fantasies, possible disasters that may
befall him, or the world, or his beloved twelve-year-old brother."

The Grand Canyon and the Southwest
Ansel Adams
"He may have manufactured nature but,
as with all such creations, there has to be
an echo of the truth for it to strike us as real ---
to create, if you will, what you and I
think we want."

Great Reviews of the Past
X-Rated Videos
"Like any discipline (philosophy, law, medicine), pornography
has a variety of technical terms. We were baffled by the likes of
Suitcase Pimp, Shrimping (has something to do with feet),
and the label on movies for people
almost too weird for the author to describe:

The Kommandant's Mistress,
Sensual Pieces from the Rijksmuseum, and
A Hundred Jobs

Five Great Books
"Bill Manley of the American Library Association's Booklist
recently asked his readers to send in the names of the five books
that had moved or changed or affected them the most.
We suggested these."

The Øresund Link
Further Notes from Our Correspondent in Lund
"Despite the suspicions of many, I am in no way responsible
for the bridge. It is part of a program to expand the international sales
of Tuborg and Carlsberg beer, which heretofore
had to be carried eastward to Sweden by boat."

The Glories of Penang
"The meal usually led off with an eerie gumbo, identified as pumpkin soup,
puce in color and dysenteric in effect. This was followed by
a crisp morsel of the fish called selangor for want of a more scathing term,
reminiscent in texture of a Daniel Green comfy slipper fried in deep fat."

Shrike's Passion in the Luncheonette
"Under the skin of man is a wondrous jungle where veins
like lush tropical growths hang along over-ripe organs
and weed-like entrails writhe in squirming tangles of red and yellow.
In this jungle, flitting from rock-grey lungs
to golden intestines, from liver to lights
and back to liver again lives a bird
called the soul."

Aye, but to die, and go we know not where
"To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot;/ This sensible warm motion to become
A kneaded clod; and the delighted spirit/ To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside
In thrilling region of thick-ribbed ice;/ To be imprisoned in the viewless winds
And blown with restless violence round about/The pendant world..."

Being a Poet: One
"When the man in the window seat/flying next to me
asks me who I am/and I tell him I'm a poet,
he turns embarrassed toward the sun."
Being a Poet: Two
"These are the women whose husbands I meet on airplanes,
who close their briefcases and ask, 'What are you in?'
I look in their eyes, I tell them I am in poetry,
and their eyes fill with anxiety, and with little tears."

"What would you have me retract?
I thought your book an imposture;
I think it an imposture still."


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