Weekly Wire

Volume I, Issue 13
September 2 - September 8, 1997

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Natural Selection
What is nature, exactly? Terra Nova, a relatively new journal edited by David Rothenberg, explores that complicated question in high style. [2]
Gregory McNamee

Middle of the Road
The Navaho poet and storyteller's latest book is a "must read." [3]
Blake de Pastino

Crossing Literary Borders
UT professor Rolando Hinojosa-Smith discusses his border-inflected work. [4]
Barbara Strickland

Desert Vision
The grand old man of Southwestern letters, Lawrence Clark Powell, turns to the audio medium. [5]
Mari Wadsworth

Media Mix
We're feelin' pretty 'sassy' these days! [6]

Speed Reader
Radical Reconstruction by Lebbus Woods; Depth Takes a Holiday by Sandra Tsing Loh; Terminal Velocity by Blance McCrary Boyd; and Exegesis by Astro Teller. [7]
Blake de Pastino, Tracey L. Cooley, Julie Birnbaum, Jessica English

Now What?
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. [8]

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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.

From The Vaults

Speed Reader
Reviews of Few and Far Between, Exile, Drown, and Ripening. [07-21-97]

Speed Reader
The Death and Life of Bobby Z, Deception, Lightning Song, Men Need Space. [06-13-97]
Blake de Pastino, Julie Birnbaum and Jessica English

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