Issue of March 20, 2011

Come travel overseas with us for in this issue we are going to take you east to Guernsey, a bit south to the Middle East, then west to Washington and beyond. But not to worry. It’s a literary journey and not only don’t you have to deal with airlines and security check-ins you can actually sit right there in your chair, a cup of tea or a glass of wine next to you, and enjoy some excellent writing.

The war in Iraq is more than slogans and political shenanigans—or it should be. This war reflects America’s new militarism, and Lev Raphael explores “the vexed state of our Republic” with author Andrew Bacevich in Who Rules in Washington?

A cookbook that doesn’t require a shopping list? Nicki Leone, though good fortune and perhaps some good timing, acquired one whose recipes “are for familiar foods that are, seasonality taken into account, easy to find and likely to already be in the pantry.” For vegetable gardeners, it’s a dream, for all cooks it’s about The Possibilities of the Pantry Shelf.

She didn’t find a rebel, she didn’t find a debutante, but what Lindsay Champion did find in her latest review, Rebel, Rebel, was a memoir whose author moved from experience to experience, from time to time, and even from event to event without once revealing herself.

Guernsey is not just part of the title of a recently popular novel but of an island that possesses a distinct way of life with much of its roots in writers and writing. The residents decided to take advantage of this by beginning their own book festival, which happens in May. In the meantime, BiblioBuffet is proud to say that we enticed one of the current Guernsey writers to share the fascinating story of his home’s literary heritage, and we succeeded: Guernsey—a Rich Literary Pie.

World Fairs have become obsolete, yet it wasn’t that long ago that they were still a vibrant, exciting event that enticed millions of people. Lauren Roberts looks back to the years 1964/1965 when the World’s Fair, held in New York seemed a distant and more exciting place than the political and social catastrophes that were already changing the world around it in To the Fair We Go.

Rain and more rain is pounding the California coastline this weekend, and the word “drowning” has come up more than once. But the use of he word in relation to overflowing bookshelves as well as rain prompted Lauren Roberts, in Raining and Reading, to find out how many other readers and bibliophiles used the phrase “drowning in books.”

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2 responses to “Issue of March 20, 2011

  1. What a great issue! I was at the 1964/65 World’s Fair. I remember Belgium Waffles and “It’s a Small World After All” and the monorail, of course. Loved the Drowning in Books essay (and love its inspiration), especially enjoyed the photo of Thriller Guy’s office–made me feel better : )

    • You went to the fair? Oh, I envy you so much! Looking at the videos and reading all the information, both marketing and the experiences of those who went, made me wish I was young again and that it was 1964/65 again, and that I could go and take it all in.

      Heh on “Thriller Guy.” I laughed in affection and recognition at that one too. Thank you, Cynthia!

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