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

Number 103

Very Early Fall 2003

Bloody Mary,
The Trail of Tears, and
The Papers of George Washington

The Lost King of France
The Search for Louis XVII
"Georges Danton was set up with
the Committee of Public Safety
so he could install stop signs,
turn signals, and other items
to make the revolution
run more smoothly."

Gettysburg Battlefield
"It has since been
turned into a Theme Park.
Civil War fans come to visit dressed up
in 'Yankee' and 'Rebel' uniforms.
Using genuine modern antique bayonets,
muskets, and cannon balls,
they battle it out with each other.
Afterwards, they sicken with cholera,
gangrene, and the pox,
and die like flies."

Getting Mother's Body
"There's never a moment
where one isn't either goggle-eyed
at the details and the dialogue,
or agog with anticipation over
what's going to come next."

Great Reviews of the Past
Hollywood, ALS, and Gertrude Stein
"What Sam Marx obviously needs
is an ego-trim, an honest editor
and a scholarship to
the Writer's Summer Workshop in lowa
where he could work on his syntax,
adjectival phrases, and, if time, his soul."

Five Art/Photography Books
Crucifixions, Barns, Found Objects
William Gedney and James Ensor

A response to our review of
So Many Books, So Little Time,
Gandhi the Man, and
American Military Doctrine and Training

The Plot To Change The World
Part I

"The United State and Russia
had been rattling nuclear swords at each other
for almost a decade.
Anyone with more than a pea-brain
knew that sooner or later ---
either by error or on purpose ---
the two countries were going to be
sending off the missiles."

Part II

"Thus, I could have
the station of my dreams,
albeit on the other end
of the country. But to do so,
I had to trash some of the ideals
that had guided me so far."

World War I --- A New Kind of War
Part I
"Reticence in discussing violence
is particularly unfortunate in the case of
the Great War, for one
important characteristic of this
four-and-a-half-year conflict
is its unprecedented level of violence."

Part II
"The soldiers spoke spontaneously of
a difficult word to translate,
which combines the ideas of ruin,
devastation and butchery and that
emphasizes the human slaughter involved."

Our Bodies Are Like Maps
"After we flew across the country we
got in bed, laid our bodies
delicately together, like maps laid
face to face, East to West, my
San Francisco against your New York, your
Fire Island against my Sonoma."
Mother and Father
"I want to go up to them and say Stop,
don't do it --- she's the wrong woman,
he's the wrong man, you are going to do things
you cannot imagine you would ever do,
you are going to do bad things to children,
you are going to suffer in ways you never heard of,
you are going to want to die."


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plus a listing of all readings, articles and poems
that have appeared since 1994.

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