Volume I, Issue 13
September 2 - September 8, 1997
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What is nature, exactly? Terra Nova, a relatively new journal edited by David Rothenberg, explores that complicated question in high style. 
Middle of the Road
The Navaho poet and storyteller's latest book is a "must read." 
Blake de Pastino
Crossing Literary Borders
UT professor Rolando Hinojosa-Smith discusses his border-inflected work. 
The grand old man of Southwestern letters, Lawrence Clark Powell, turns to the audio medium. 
We're feelin' pretty 'sassy' these days! 
Radical Reconstruction by Lebbus Woods; Depth Takes a Holiday by Sandra Tsing Loh; Terminal Velocity by Blance McCrary Boyd; and Exegesis by Astro Teller. 
Blake de Pastino, Tracey L. Cooley, Julie Birnbaum, Jessica English
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets. 
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Our online BBS is just like the Algonquin Round Table, only electronic,
sober, and without all the famous people.
hough many of the newspapers represented in Weekly Wire
come from the Southwest, our Books section rarely shows it as
much as it does this week. Most every work reviewed or discussed
here has a Southwestern flavor. If you're region-centric, you
may want to idle quietly until next week...then again, you would
do well to consider giving these writers a chance. Personally,
once I read this interview with Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, I was
sold: the 70-year-old University of Texas professor, known for
penning the 13 short novels that make up the Klail City Death
Trip series, has a curmudgeonly charm that commands respect.
A review of Lucy Tapahono's Blue Horses Rush In is similarly
intriguing; the Navajo poet and storyteller's layered narration
sounds quite tempting. So does a three-volume audiotape set titled
Lawrence Clark Powell's Southwest, reviewed here. And this
reader's reverence for a new journal of contemporary environmental
writing called Terra Nova: Nature & Culture leads me
to conclude the publication contains insights worthy of any region.
But hey, if you want city-slicker reading, we gots city-slicker
reading. Young women will want to learn about the new magazine
Young and Modern, which continues the brassy attitude championed
by Sassy in the '80s. A brief note about the "Art
of Kissing" web site follows, if you're interested in that
sort of icky stuff. For pure book-reviewing satisfaction, though,
check out our "Speed Reader" column, which sums up recent
work by Lebbens Woods, Sandra Tsing Loh, Blanche McCrary Boyd,
and Astro Teller. From one region to the other, there's enough
material here to tempt anyone's literary cravings.
Reviews of Few and Far Between, Exile, Drown, and Ripening. [07-21-97]
The Death and Life of Bobby Z, Deception, Lightning Song, Men Need Space. [06-13-97]
Blake de Pastino, Julie Birnbaum and Jessica English