What is a reviewer’s responsibility? A pesky question provoked by ‘The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator’

Enemies of Reading | October 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore To whom should book or arts reviewers answer? Their editors? The readers of their column? The authors/artists? Perhaps the paying public?] All week long I’ve anticipated writing, “This is a god-awful book I had to force myself to keep reading even though it has lots of interesting facts about mosquitoes.” So, there, […]

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‘Gods of the Upper Air:’ the story of racism’s American pseudo-science root

Worth Reading | September 6th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore Charles King’s new book, “Gods of the Upper Air: How A Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, And Gender in The Twentieth Century,” is exhilarating, fascinating, and infuriating. It convincingly tells yet another chapter in the sorry story of race prejudice and ethnocentrism in America. This time, the focus is on […]

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Being an American: Three experiences

Enemies of Reading | August 1st, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore Part I: St. Kitts, BWI During the time I knew him, this fellow Richard was either on leave from or had temporarily escaped from the mental hospital on the island of St. Kitts, BWI. He was a thin, very dark-skinned man who always wore black trousers and a blue dress shirt that […]

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