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

Number 123

Late Fall 2004

Taming the Mind
Posters of the Canadian Pacific
The Kalahari Typing School for Men

The Double
"Saramago got a Nobel Prize
for Literature in 1998,
and as far as I am concerned
he should have gotten at the same time
the Nobel Prize for Psychology
and another one, the Wise Prize,
for Knowledge of the Workings of
the Heart & Soul."

"There are some surprises here.
Freud was called
my golden Ziggy
by his mother.
He took a dim view of humanity,
called it trash."

The Adventure of English
The Biography of a Language
"The many pleasures include not only
Bragg's fine writing and unimpeachable insights,
but the asides to let us know
where words come from ---
'banana' from the Wolof of Senegal;
'voodoo' the word for 'spirit' in Yoruba, and
'boogie-woogie' --- a black euphemism for 'syphilis.'"

Great Reviews of the Past
The Pox
"We all knew about Wilde,
Schubert, Baudelaire, Flaubert and Nietzsche.
But how about Beethoven, Schumann, van Gogh,
Christopher Columbus, James Joyce (!), Adolf Hitler (!!),
and Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln (!!!)?"

The Story of Philosophy
From Plato to Voltaire
Why Some Like It Hot

Execution Photograph
Larry Woiwode's
What I Think I Did

The Fiction of Oil Pollution
"Painstaking environmental impact studies
had all convincingly shown
that dumping the Brent Spar
was preferable to dismembering it
on dry land. But, as so often,
a scientifically informed decision
was trashed by emotive reporting
about the immorality of treating the sea
as a dustbin."

Talking to Your Double
"Every time
you look at yourself in the mirror
you will never be sure whether
you are seeing your own virtual image
or my real image.
Frankly, I'm starting to think
I've been talking to a madman."

Unfinished People
"Small wonder that
Roosevelt was regarded as
only a little lower than Moses
in the Jewish working class community.
All over New York,
in workshops and store windows,
a particularly dashing picture
of him in a cloak was on display."

English Con Salsa
"In four months you'll be speaking like George Washington,
in four weeks you can ask. More coffee? in two months
you can say. May I take your order? In one year you
can ask for a raise, cool as the Tuxpan river."

Tattoo Poem
"I like to touch your tattoos in complete
darkness, when I can't see them. I'm sure of
where they are..."


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