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Palestinian Walks, By Raja Shehadeh, Scribner (2007)
Reviewed by Stephen Kaye
Tue May 16th, 2017

Walking as a literary subject has a long history. We can share the insights of walking with Thoreau as he journeyed through the back country of Concord and Lexington; we share the sights of Tibet with Eric Newby or the Appalachian Trail with Bill Bryson.

I particularly like the...

by Alex Shoumatoff
Beacon Press.
Reviewed by Kevin T. McEneaney
Sun May 14th, 2017

Borneo, third largest island on the globe, is home to the oldest rainforest in the world, 130 million years-old—that’s a number hard to imagine, yet 90% of that forest has been logged for the Asian lumber market and converted to oil-palm plantations. Larger than the state of...

Book review
Reviewed by Kevin T. McEneaney
Thu May 11th, 2017

This book consists of recorded conversations on music by two music appreciators, yet neither one is a musician. Both men happen to be on the genius level. Although neither has ever played an instrument, they have a deep understanding of classical music—how it should sound, its history, how a non...

by Arlie Russell Hochschild
Book review
Reviewed by Stephen Kaye
Mon Apr 24th, 2017

Strangers in Their Own Land; Anger and Mourning on the American Right, A Journey to the Heart of the Political Divide, by Arlie Russell Hochschild,  The New Press 2016

This exceptionally well-written book addresses the political paradox that Democrats were puzzling...