Journals: SF/Mpls/NY, 1972-1973. Pt. 1

Synopsis I started keeping journals in 1968 and, in 1971, I threw everything I’d written away.  At 19 I wanted nothing more than to put it all behind me: my hometown, my family, but mostly me, the bad writer.  My immersion in paperback literature was making a perfectionist out of me.  There were 2 volumes […]

American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave Breeding Industry by Ned and Constance Sublette (Chicago Review Press)

“This sprawling and unsparing history of the American slave-breeding industry may be the most important book of the last decade. It is a vividly written, painfully documented alternative history of the grim origins of the political economy of the American republic. As the Sublettes convincingly demonstrate, the heinous truth is that from the earliest days […]

Catherine Onyemelukwe & Kurt Thometz on Onitsha

Catherine Onyemelukwe’s memoir Nigeria Revisited: My Life and Loves Abroad is newly published by Peace Corps Writers came around yesterday to have a palaver. “The book tells the remarkable journey of a Midwestern American white woman who joined the newly formed Peace Corps to teach in Nigeria for two years – and stayed for more […]