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

Volume XXXII, Number 3

Early Winter 2002

Ten new titles that we have received since mid-year
that stand out as being especially interesting,
funny or wise.

Media Violence and Its Effect on Aggression
"There is no indication of
mental problems in his style of writing nor his words ---
only in the conclusions. Freedman claims that
drawn from the 200 or so serious studies
that there is little or no evidence that television induces
violence in any form whatsoever, except for
a slight (a slight!) increase in violent behavior
in those under the age of ten."

The Best American Mystery Stories: 2002
"The majority of the twenty are either
weak on plot,
too filled with street-thug language,
or totally absent in balance and structure.
Whenever they stick The Best in a title,
our response is always Sez Who?"

"The bodies of infants laid in life jackets,
and floating round with their dead innocent faces
looking towards the sky.
One survivor reported that he had to
push them aside like lily pads on a pond."

Great Reviews of the Past
Depression --- A Case History
"I know from personal experience
that studying the history of melancholia
doesn't amount to a hill of beans
when one is in pain. You can read every treatise
that has ever been written on depression ---
but not a one of them is going to
chase away the 3 AM boogie-man."

Antarctica: Exploring the Extreme,
Fathers and Daughters, and
King Solomon's Mines

A Geezer in Paradise
"The police block off all the entrances to the freeway ---
and let the manifestatión takes its course.
General traffic mayhem,
the roads disrupted for a half-a-day,
the teachers vent their spleen,
then everyone goes home."


"The last sex motel we were in
had a problem with the color resolution on the TV
so all the participants came out to be light gray,
except for their vital body parts which were dark gray."

Mary White
"The riding gave her more than a body.
It released a gay and hardy soul.
She was the happiest thing in the world."

Thinking at Night
"I feel there is an angel in me she'd say
               whom I am constantly shocking
     Then she would smile and look away
          light a cigarette for me
                            sigh and rise
and stretch..."

"Are you being sinister or is this some form of practical joke?
I'm trying to come to the point.
I refuse to give up my obsession.
America stop pushing I know what I am doing.
America the plum blossoms are falling..."

A Simple Method for Creating
An Infinity Supply of Energy,
The Chrysler Building


A complete list of all books reviewed in RALPH,
arranged by title, including author, subject, and publisher,
plus a listing of all readings, articles and poems
that have appeared since 1994.

of our most notorious reviews
as collected in the hard-copy

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