Issue #142
Late Winter 2005 - 2006
Title Author Publisher Subject
Sunday Afternoon on a
Highway in New Jersey
Cheryl B. [Poem] Poem about a Visit to an
Abortion Clinic
BBC's Bach Christmas L. W. Milam [Special Feature] Commentary on the BBC's
Ten Day Bach Festival
The Sudden View
A Mexican Journey
Sybille Bedford Harper & Brothers Travel in Rustic Mexico in the 1950s
Koula[B] Menis Koumandareas Dalkey Archive Novel about April-December Romance
in Modern Day Athens
The British Soldier
In india ---1750 - 1914
Richard Holmes HarperCollins Letters and Articles about the
British Raj and the Common Soldier
Party in the Blitz
The English Years
Elias Canetti New Directions Memoirs of an Expatriate
in England During WWII
I, Fatty Jerry Stahl Bloomsbury Novel Recreating the Life of
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
Revolution in the
Fourth Grade
Dr. Phage [Article] Memories of Childhood
Revolutionary Activities
Edward Muybridge
O. J. Simpson
Paul Bowles
The Good Cripple
Kenneth Lisenbee
Steve Reiss
[Letters] Correspondence with RALPH
Concerning Previous Articles and Reviews
The Hong Kong Blues
Saramago's The Double
Another Threat to Sue RALPH
Bob Phillips
Jacqueline Torres
[Letters] More Correspondence with RALPH
Concerning Previous Articles and Reviews
Cho-Cho Pleas
Jack Stangle
Washington Gone Crazy
Russ Locascio
Betty Mile
[Letters] Even More Correspondence with RALPH
Concerning Previous Articles and Reviews
Paul McCarthy
Artist Interview [Reading] Thoughts of the Contemporary Artist
Mexican Bandits
Mexican Donkeys
Patzcuaro, Mexico
Sybille Bedford [Readings] Mexico as It Existed Fifty Years Ago
New Poetry
Clare Pollard,
Pen & Ink Press Nineteen Modern English Poets
Wall-to-Wall America[G]
Post Office Murals
In the Great Depression
Karal Ann Marling Minnesota WPA Post Office Art

Issue #143
Late Late Winter 2005 - 2006
Title Author Publisher Subject
Opening the Door
to Bön
Latri Geshe Nyima Dakpa Snow Lion History and Practice of
The Bön School of Buddhism
The Devil[B] Leo Tolstoy Hesperus Classics A Russian Manor Lord
Caught in the Toils of Passion
Look at the Dark[B] Nicholas Mosley Dalkey Archive Novel about a Weird and
Trying Retired Anthropologist
The Mammy*[B] Brendan O'Carroll Plume Novel on Laughter and Tragedy
and the Family, Dublin --- 1976
The Sancy Blood Diamond
Power, Greed, and the Cursed History of
One of the World's Most Coveted Gems
Susan Ronald Wiley European History and One of
the "Cursed" Jewels
The Disappearing Man Ray Gonzalez [Poem] The Chaos of Modern Life
Roses are Red Lord Gerald Berners [Poem] Posies and Noses
The Company of Ghosts Lydie Salvayre Dalkey Archive Novel about Growing Up with
a Deranged Mother in France
The Death of Ivan Ilyich Leo Tolstoy Hesperus Novel on Death and Dying
in 19th Century Russia
Maori Tattoos
Hessian Mercenaries &
The Civil War
Anne Woolfrey
Ron Longarelli
[Letters] Letters to RALPH about
Previous Articles and Reviews
Hunter S. Thompson
Hugh Gregory Gallagher
Tim Wells
Keisha Little
Judy Richter
[Letters] More Letters to RALPH about
Previous Articles and Reviews
Sybille Bedford
"Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer"
Maggie Butler
Bob Schuck
[Letters] Even More Letters to RALPH about
Previous Articles and Reviews
Nudism, Multiple Personality Disorder and the Hi-Rise Novel Paul Magee [Article] The Relationship between Nudism
and Modern Morales
Mexican Buses Sybille Bedford [Reading] Writings about Mexico in the 1950s
Quietude Stephen T. Asma [Reading] Modern-day Cambodia
The Ballad of Reading Gaol Oscar Wilde Two Rivers Modern Rendering of the
Wilde Poem

A Passion to Win
Sumner Redstone Random House Autobiography of the
Business Magnate
Waking the Dead Cleo Wolfus [Article] Anti-Zombie Group in the
Pacific Northwest
War and Peace Nicholas Mosley [Reading] The Ineffable Strangeness
of the Current World
Establishing Congress
The Removal to Washington, D. C. and
The Election of 1800
Kenneth R. Bowling
Dondal R. Kennon,
Ohio The Move to the
District of Columbia in 1800
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #144
Early Early Spring 2006
Title Author Publisher Subject
In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave Peter Singer, Editor Blackwell Publishing PETA and Animal Abuse in the West
The Illustrated Art of War[B] Sun Tzu Oxford Thed 2,500 Year Old Manual on War, Translated and Illustrated
November[B] Gustave Flaubert Hesperus Press The First Romantic Novel of the Author of Madam Bovary
A Photographic Picture of the Civil War William C. Davis, Editor Little, Brown The First of the Great Wars in Photographs
Credo Aquiles Nazoa [Poem] A Paean to Charlie Chaplin, Pablo Neruda, and Manuel Fauré
Don't Look Back* Karin Fossum Harcourt A Wonderfully Grisly Murder Mystery from Norway
Farm Motors:[G] Practical Hints for Handy-men J. Brownlee Davisson &
Leon Wilson Chase
Lyons Practical Farm Machinery for the Layman
Fat Walter Gratzer [Reading] The Secret of Losing Weight
Garbology: How to Analyze Slops William Rathje and Cullen Murphy [Reading] What to Do When Faced with
a Mess of Old Pottage
My Bloody Life
Big Liars
[Letters] Correspondence about Previous
Reviews and Articles in RALPH
Diabetes and 2DG Dr. Phage [More Letters] More Correspondence about Reviews and Readings in RALPH
Lincoln's Melancholy:
How Depression Challenged
A President and
Fueled His Greatness
Joshua Wolf Shenk Houghton Mifflin Some Thoughts on the Clinical Problems of Our 16th President
That Sure Is My Little Dog
Eleanor Lerman [Poems] Modern American Poetry
My Vision Leslie Seamans [Poem] Modern American Poetry
Fountain of Youth Walter Gratzer [Reading] The Search for Eternal, Chemical Youth
The Automobile is a Wheelchair Pedro Reyes [Interview] Talk with the Modernist on Decay and Rebirth
Post-Soviet History Unfolds* Eleanor Lerman Sarabande Books Contemporary American Poetry
Synchronicity Robin Harris [Article] Cognition and Chance
What Goes Up:
The Uncensored History of
Modern Wall Street as Told by
The Bankers, Brokers, CEOs,
And Scoundrels Who
Made It Happen
Eric J. Weiner Little Brown 200 CEOs, Investors, and Mavens of Wall Street
Tell about the Last Fifty Years
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #145
Early Spring 2006
Title Author Publisher Subject
Doing the Tarantella at the Barnes Foundation L. W. Milam [Article] Memories of Classes at the Famous Art Institute
Some Church[B]* David Romtvedt Milkweed Editions Contemporary Poetry from Wyoming(!)
Exploring Haydn:[B]
A Listener's Guide to
Music's Boldest Innovator
David Hurwitz Amadeus Press Several Compositions of the
18th Century Master Examined
Boss Tweed:[B] The Rise and Fall of
The Corrupt Pol Who Conceived
The Soul of Modern New York
Kenneth D. Ackerman Carroll & Graf Boss Tweed Examined (with Microscope)
Travels with
My Chicken
A Man and His Companion
Take to the Road
Martin Gurdon Lyons Press A Chicken-Head on the Road
The Periodic Table
Of the Couples
Douglas Cruickshank [Article] What American Couples Do (and Are)
Faith, Hope and Chastity Jonathan Margolis [Reading] What Christianity Has Done to the Orgasm
All the Fishes
Come Home to Roost: An American Misfit in India
Rachael Manija Brown Rodale Trying to Grow Up in India when Neurotic and Lonely
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. G. Edward White Oxford Biography of the Supreme Court Justice
Animal Rights
From Baghdad to Brooklyn
M. Butler
Jack Marshall
[Letters] Letters to Ralph about Previous Reviews
Michael Bader
Anniversaries and RALPH
Elementary Education
Victor M. Ives
P. Hayes
Khalida Bhat
[Letters] More Letters to RALPH about Previous Reviews
The War of the Worlds James Newberry [Letters] Even More Letters to RALPH about Previous Reviews
The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. [Poetry] Peom about Inevitability
A Fractured Mind
My Life with
Multiple Personality
Robert B. Oxnam Hyperion MPD Discussed, at Length
Science David Romtvedt [Poetry] The Meaning of the Stars (in Wyoming)
At First Sight:[G] Photography and
The Smithsonian
Merry A. Foresta,
The Smithsonian Institution Great Photographs from the Smithsonian
Vipers' Tangle François Mauriac Loyola Classics The Saga of a Rich, Bitter Man
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #146
Mid-Spring 2006
Title Author Publisher Subject
Beasts of No Nation Uzodinma Iweala Harper/Collins Novel about a Boy Soldier of Africa
A Visit to the Morgue Devin Carless [Article] A Chance to Work in a Body Shop
The Making of an Ink-Stained Wretch[B]
Half a Century Pounding the Political Beat
Jules Witcover Johns Hopkins Confessions of a Life-Time Reporter
Leonard Wood[B]
Rough Rider, Surgeon, Architect of American Imperialism
Jack McCallum New York University Press Biography of the Ambitious American Colonial Officer
Lullaby of Birdland[B]
The Autobiography of George Shearing
George Shearing Contiuum Autobiography of the Famed Piano Player
Encounters with the Invisible
Unseen Illness, Controversy, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Dorothy Wall Southern Methodist University Press CFS Discussed (and Exposed)
Conversations on Consciousness
What the Best Minds Think about the Brain,
Free Will, and What It Means to Be Human
Susan Blackmore Oxford Interviews with the Masters of Brain-Science
The Rise and Demise of the British World Order
and the Lessons for Global Power
Niall Ferguson Basic Books A Quick (and Good) Summary
of British Imperialism
My Fundamentalist Education
A Memoir of a Divine Girlhood
Christine Rosen PublicAffairs Autobiography of One Raised
in the School of the Divine
Chicken/Pig Jennifer Michael Hecht University of Wisconsin Press Poem of Jokes
Talking with the Govenor David Romtvedt Milkweed Editions Poem about State Fairs,
Poets, and Politics
Mother Meera
Beauty and Schizophrenia
Shambhavi Sarasvati
Hal Davis
[Letters] Correspondence with RALPH about
Previous Reviews and Articles
Route 66
My Bloody Life
Lil Shorty
Tony Lombardo
[Letters] More Correspondence with RALPH about
Previous Reviews and Articles
My Bloody LIfe Da Princess [Letters] Even More Correspondence with
RALPH about Previous Reviews and Articles
The Philosophy of Consciousness Thomas Metzinger [Reading] Studying Consciousness
and its Effect on the Consciousness
Blue Days, Black Nights Ron Nyswaner Alyson A Confessional Autobiography
About Love and Drugs
Suicide and the Emergency Room Ron Nyswaner [Reading] Revealing Episode of Attempted Suicide
The Tijuana Titanic R. A. Fessenden [Article] The Great Ship Sinking
(Just off Popotla)
Shooting Star
The Brief Arc of
Joe McCarthy
Tom Wicker Harcourt Short Biography of the
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #147
Late Late Spring 2006
Title Author Publisher Subject
Eighteen Hits The Editors of RALPH [List] Our Choices of the Greatest Books (and Recorded Books) of Late 2005 - Early 2006
What Good Are the Arts? John Carey Oxford An Extended Disquisition on the Place of the Arts in Our Lives
Talking with the Turners[B]
Conversations with Southern Folk Potters
Charles R. Mack University of South Carolina Recorded Interviews with Great Southern Pot Makers
The Gateless Barrier[B]
Zen Comments on the Mumonkan
Zenkei Shibayama Shambhala Forty-Eight Zen Koans Explained
Taboo:[B] Confessions of
Forbidden Love
Tom Hathaway Dandelion Books An Extended (and Lascivious) Treatise on Mother-Son Love
In the Company
Of the Courtesan
Sarah Dunant Random Passion and Violence in 16th Century Venice
Czech Food John Banville [Reading] The Awfulness of Dumplings Explained
The Enemy of God Robert Daley Otto Penzler Perfecionism in Christian and Jewish Religion
W. Eugene Smith Interview Philippe Halsman [Reading] The Pittsburgh Project of 1957
Our Words Are No Longer
Engraved in Stone;
They're Graved
In Light
R. R. Doister [Article] The New Realities of Electronic Writing
Growing Old With Jesus Stanley C. Baldwin [Letter] Response to Our Review of
Baldwin's Book On
Christianity and Aging
Ed Zern
Iridescent Light
Jill Hamilton
Betty Batchelor
[More Letters] Additional Responses to
Previous Reviews in RALPH
RALPH and Lolita Lark Alexandra Lind [Even More Letters] Further Correspondence with RALPH
Missing Person Eleanor Lerman [Poem] Poem on a Lost Sister
The Life of
Samuel Johnson
James Boswell [Reading] Boswell's Take On Samuel Johnson's Nervous Tics
Dream Street[G]
W. Eugene Smith's
Pittsburgh Project
Sam Stephenson, Editor Lyndhurst/Norton) Biography of the
Noted Photographer of the
1940s - 1950s
Surviving as a
Musician in Birkenau[G]
Szymon Laks [Reading] Life in a Concentration Camp
The New Holy Crusades Mark Reich [Article] Iraq, Inner Cities, and Holy Wars
Two Years Before the Mast
And Other Voyages
Richard Henry Dana, Jr. Library of America The Classic Travel Book Revisited
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #148
Early Summer 2006
Title Author Publisher Subject
Arizona Traveller's Handbook[G] Bill Weir Moon An Ill-Found Appreciation of the 48th State
Why Keep Books Carlos María Domínguez [Reading] Why Should We Keep Books
That We Have Already Read
The House of Paper Carlos María Domínguez Harcourt Novel about Fanatic
Book Reader and Collector
And Be A Villain[B] Rex Stout Audio Editions A Reading from a
Classic Nero Wolfe Mystery
Ferris Wheels[B]
An Illustrated History
Norman Anderson Popular Press Classic Norias Rediscovered
Sacco & Vanzetti[B] John Davis, Editor Ocean Letters on and Articles about
the Famous Anarchists
Scabs and Leprosy William Burroughs [Reading] Life in Lima, Peru, 1953
The Chrysler Building[G]
Creating a New Icon Day by Day
David Stravitz Princeton Architectural The Building of the
New York City Icon ---
Monologue of a Dog
Ensnared in History
Wislawa Szymborska [Poem] Hitler's Dog
You Too Can Invest in
Foreign Real Estate
C. A. Amantea [Article] The Pleasures and Pain of Mexican Real Estate
Hurricane L. W. Milam [Article] Growing up with
Hurricanes as Old Friends
Javier Marías
Sir Michael Howard
Susan Wallis
Nigel Andrews
[Letters] Correspondence with RALPH
about Previous Articles
and Reviews
Maori Moko Irene Hsi [More Letters] More Correspondence with RALPH
about Previous Articles
and Reviews
Round-Heeled Woman
Penny Clemson
Michael Shortt
[Even More Letters] Ever More Correspondence with RALPH
about Previous Articles
and Reviews
A History of Reading Alberto Manguel Viking Writings about Reading
Edward R. Murrow
And the Birth of
Broadcast Journalism
Bob Edwards Tantor Media The First and Most Famous Broadcast Journalist
Shostakovich Symphonies
and Concertos:
An Owner's Manual
David Hurwitz Amadeus Press A Brief on the Fourteen Symphonies and Concertoes of Dmitri Shostakovish
Monologue of a Dog* Wisława Szymborska Harcourt Poems from the Nobel Prize Winner
A Tale of Two Cities* Charles Dickens Audio Partners Reading of the Novel of
Pre-Revolutionary London and Paris
A Few Words on the Soul Wislawa Szymborska [Poem] The Soul Explained (Soulfully)
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

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