Issue of July 31, 2011

No question it’s Summer in the City for folks everywhere. If you are in the worst of it, be sure to take good care of yourself, your family, and your pets. And while you are sitting down, how about picking up a good book?

America is supposedly the land of free speech, but it doesn’t always work that way. Speaking your mind about important issues can wreck havoc with a professional career, especially if said career has any visible public issues. Pete Croatto reviews what happened to Paul Shirley, a popular sports columnist who expressed personal views that were not in proper alignment with the prevailing trend in The Cost of Free Speech.

In Picking a Subject: Part Two, Carl Rollyson continues his exploration of how he chooses his subjects for his biographies. It can sometimes be convoluted and complex route, but in the case of Rebecca West it also proved to be an especially sweet goal. And then there was his next subject . . .

How many people read or even attempt poetry, let alone Latin poetry? Seems dull? Perhaps not. Gillian Polack explores the “wonderful, witty” side of both the Arundel Lyrics and Hugh Primas’ poems in a superb new edition. She shares her passion for this unusual volume full of gifts and dreams (and erotica) in Hugh Primas and Friend.

It’s summer and August and wonderful. Lauren Roberts celebrates the beginning of a month away from work with a new wine, a favorite meal, and a new book in The Lazy, Crazy Daze of Summer.

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