Autumn in some places, winter in others, this time of year is nature’s transition zone. So it seems with reading too as many of us move into books that provide comfort in the same way that grilled cheese sandwiches or macaroni-and-cheese casseroles do. In this new issue, our contributors have also moved into new territory and we invite you along to share their joys and discoveries.
Icons often have little in common with their human beings except for the one thing that connects them. Pete Croatto finds a new book about one icon of oceanic environmentalism that uncovers the man as a flawed human in, unfortunately, a flawed biography in Gasping for Air.
Cheddar isn’t just for cheese. It also refers to the famous Cheddar Gorge and Cheddar Caves near the village of Cheddar, England. It’s a gorgeous, wonderful, historic area, and for anyone interested in caves, caving, and wondrous geology this is the place to come as Lauren Roberts reports in Marking Caves.
Writing a cookbook means delving deeply into other cookbooks, a labor of love for Gillian Polack, who found the very first Australian Jewish ever published, simply called Hebrew Cookery by “an Australian.” Why and how “it’s special in all the wrong ways” is what she shares in In Search of Nineteenth-Century Food.
With so many distractions grasping at our time and our attention, it is becoming more uncommon, as Lev Raphael notes, to find a book whose “spell was so powerful that not even the lure of the Internet could pull us away.” But he did find two, by the same author, that focus on the “decay, fantasy, nostalgia and the march (or perhaps waltz) of time” as he shares in A Waltz to the Music of Time.
With perfect timing, David G. Mitchell explores the background and the even more interesting opinions of the founder of a high quality and unusual publisher focusing on fine limited edition books of new and classic fantasy and horror fiction in A Halloween Conversation with Tom English of Dead Letter Press.
Halloween the holiday often means costume parties and passing out candy to children. But for cats it is dangerous. Lauren Roberts posts a plea on behalf of all cats; she also shares her love of two versions of one story that are no less than the perfect H-night story in A Happy “Boo!” to You.