Weekly Wire

June 6 - June 12, 1997

Drive-By Fiction
Yxta Maya Murrqy's first novel Locas takes a horrifying look at the hellish lives of L.A.'s Echo Park gangbanger women. [2]
Margaret Regan

Imbalance of Power
Robert D. Kaplan has been described as a purveyor of "travel writing from hell." His journey through the Third World is definitely not on the official tour. [3]
Emil Franzi

Parting Shot
Chris Offutt's The Good Brother. [4]
Blake de Pastino

Travel Doctor
A Vanderbilt professor writes about 16th and 17th century travel journals. [5]
Marc Stengel

Media Mix
The late Alan Harrington remembered. [6]

Speed Reader
Junior College, Going Postal, Religion in Modern New Mexico, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. [7]
Blake de Pastino, Jessica English, Julie Birnbaum and Angie Drobnic


hen not eating books, I enjoy reading them. That's not easy with no eyes, but I've developed a worm's feel for it. Imagine how hard it would be, then, to write a book with next to no use of your body. That's what Jean-Dominique Bauby has done. His The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, one of several books reviewed this week, was written in the blink of an eye - literally. Bauby's assistant pointed to letters in the alphabet and Bauby blinked when he wanted to choose one. Wow. Out of respect, I'm gonna eat that one slowly.

Other good munchings reviewed this week:

  • The Ends of the Earth: A Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy by Robert D. Kaplan

  • Locas by Yxta Maya Murray

  • The Good Brothers by Chris Offutt

  • Junior College by Gary Soto

  • Religion in New Mexico by Ferenc Szaszard and Richard Etulain, eds.

  • Hodoeponics: On Travel Literature by Luigi Monga

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