R A L P H
The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities
Volume XI, Number 1 --- Spring, 1995
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Wind & Sand
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Two on Vietnam
"The real traitors? Of course ---
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positively weird distaste for blood and gore and death."
The Field Guide to North American Males
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A History of Reading
"Remember that noisy Angie Peters who sat in front of
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FOUR BRIEF REVIEWS
By Jon Gallant
"My view is that tinkering with the English language
should be regulated every bit as strictly
as trade in controlled substances."
Letter from Mexico
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Rats, Lice, and History
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The Space Merchants
By Frederick Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth
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The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter
"While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead
I played about the front gate, pulling flowers.
You came by on bamboo stilts, playing horse..."
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