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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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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American Indian signs in Chestnut Hill: A situation that warrants discussion

Enemies of Reading, Opinion | July 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore Matthew Duques, a professor and new resident of Chestnut Hill who identifies himself as a “social critic,” wrote to this newspaper recently with a concern. A “critique,” actually. He asks why American Indian tribe names are used to name “the tony backstreets that descend toward the peaceful haunts of Valley Green.” Taken […]

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