The Review of Arts, Literature,
Philosophy and the Humanities

  Number 200

Mid-Spring 2010

The Best of the Best
A listing of fifteen
of the most worthy books
we've reviewed over
the last few years.

Some Also-Rans
Another thirty titles
that deserve your
consideration and affection.

A Dozen or So Stinkers
But it's not
all peaches and cream
out there in bookville.
Here are twelve that
irritated us so much that
we gave them each
a Golden Goose-egg.

Editors' Picks
What we believe to be among
the finest articles, readings and poems
from the first years
of the magazine.

A Pocketful of Paradoxes
Each issue of this magazine
carries a "Paradox-of-the-Month:"
those puzzling dicta that mean
everything (or nothing at all).
Here are our choices
of the very best.

Primeval and Other Times
"He allowed him
to stay in Primeval forever.
He set aside for him
one of those single, random
bullets that they say
are carried by God."

"As pointed out
by countless historians,
the war that sputtered on
between 1775 and 1783
was not truly a revolution,
but, better said,
America's first Civil War."

Bad Cop
"The joint alone
required forty minutes
and seven kinds of
documentation to process:
a quadruplicate voucher,
a paper security envelope label,
a plastic security envelope label,
a handwritten property log entry,
a typewritten property log entry,
a letter of transmittal, and
a request for laboratory analysis."

The Black Girl Next Door
"I don't think he realized
that my California girlhood had
instilled as much rage in me
as his Louisiana boyhood had
instilled in him."

Brief Reviews
Alexander McCall Smith
Five Photographers in Yosemite's Wilderness

Great Reviews of the Past
Dancing Under the Red Star
"I sliced open
toothpaste tubes lengthwise,
thoroughly washed and dried them,
and straightened out all the wrinkles.
This produced very shiny pieces of gold foil,
which I used to make sequins,
stage jewelry, and ornaments
for the stage."

Get Along Little Doge
Oil from Iraq

The Effects of War
Charles Bukowski on Boils
Subscriptions to RALPH in Foreign Currencies

Cryptic Letters of the Month
I Like You
Gone thru a Profile

Letters We Never Finished Reading
Prince Al

A Classic Article from the First Year of RALPH
The Partial Vapor Pressure of Khometz

"Unlike snooty khometz,
matzo just sits there,
mild, plain, and flat,
wishing only to be of help."

In the Time of the Lime Tree
"The dream does not
grow or develop along with it,
but is always exactly the same.
The trees are trapped in space,
but not in time."

Meeting D. T. Suzuki
"'What is the self?'
He smiled slightly with
the left side of his mouth and
his bat-wing eyebrows twitched.
'Who is asking the question?'"

On the Death of Mr. Barker
"The first deceased. He for a little try'd
to live without her, likt not & dy'de.
They had noe children, whence we truly say
the good of all their offspringe in them laye."

Great Poems of the Past
Love & the Flowers
"Love and the flowers
And such a past is not too easy to forget;
Sometimes I think it gets too soon too late ---
And sometimes I think of the terrible dark space
Lying between stars and petals."


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including titles of books under review,
along with author, subject, and publisher,
plus links to readings, articles, and poems
that have appeared on-line
since 1994.

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

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Suggestions for would-be reviewers --- and payment schedule.
RALPH didn't spring full-blown from the brows of the gods:
     We've been around (in different guises) for over thirty years.     
The Fessenden Fund
Describing the good works of RALPH's official godparent
Behind the Scenes

The Faces of Those Who Make Up the Face of RALPH
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The Reginald A. Fessenden Educational Fund, Inc.

Lolita Lark, Editor-In-Chief
Post Office Box 16719
San Diego CA 92176

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