To me, winter’s cabin fever and shorter days call for travel to warm climes and books of lighter subject matter than in the larger tomes I promise myself I will read before spring’s active months. Francesca Marciano’s The Other Language, a collection of 9 stories about change set in various places in present-day Europe, Africa and the USA, was a balm to my fleece-covered, travel-starved soul.
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I wish Tantric Coconuts had been published 20 years earlier. If so, I would have been saved from a stupendously dull class on Comparative Major Religions taught by a professor who demonstrably hated all humans. What she failed to impart in 3 months was easily and entertainingly encapsulated in the 304 pages of Greg Kincaid’s Tantric Coconuts.
Women, imagine you are at a nice lunch with seven of your closest female friends. Everyone is having a great time and the food is excellent. Now, think about the fact that one in the group, not excluding you, will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The scenario no longer seems so delightful, does it?
If you enjoy pop culture references, nostalgia and humor, John Moe, host of American Public Radio’s nationally syndicated show Wits and the author of the column Pop Song Correspondences at McSweeneys.net, gives large helpings of all three in his 2014 book Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth and other Pop Culture Correspondences.
On July 18th, 88.9 WCVE Public Radio’s Vice-President Bill Miller, News Director Wayne Farrar and I hosted visitors from Pakistan and the US State Department. Freelance writer and Islamabad radio host Murtaza Solangi, radio executive Zulfiqar Ali Shah and State Department producer Peter Spatharis were here as part of the State Department’s Co-op program which brings international media personnel to the USA to visit media outlets and report on a variety of topics.
I am generally not a fan of short stories. They are almost universally too spare in even rudimentary character description, too thematically simple and often resolved with a slap-dash finality that is unsatisfying. However, as a reader of intelligent mysteries, I was willing to give short stories in a favorite genre a try.
April 23 is World Book Night, an annual event committed to encouraging reading, particularly among light and non-readers. Each April 23--the UNESCO International Day of the Book and Shakespeare’s birthday--thousands of volunteers give away 500,000 new paperback books to people in their communities. The idea started in the United Kingdom in 2011 and the first U. S. World Book Night was celebrated in 2012.
Back Roads: People, Places and Pie around Virginia is the collaborative effort of Bob Brown, the award-winning photographer at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and first photojournalist inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame and Bill Lohmann, a Richmond native who has written for the Richmond Times-Dispatch since 1992. Back Roads’ text is genial, concise and astute, while the photos tell their story in the same succinct, observant manner.
Recently, my friend Julia and I had lunch at a local Latin restaurant. While eating, we discussed how the Richmond area has become more culturally varied in the 23 years we have been friends. We agreed that our lives are enriched by knowing about the food, arts and thought of the distinctive groups who make our area home.
As producer of Artsline, 88.9 WCVE’s arts and cultural calendar, I receive many books from big and small publishing houses. It is a nifty job perk but about half of the books fit into my Women in Peril category; dark-jacketed, lengthy tomes about women falling for languorous vampires, zombies and others of the hip undead. Sisterland’s cover, featuring pretty but unsmiling twin girls with Children of the Corn stares is slightly creepy but intriguing.