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by Jeffrey L Amestoy
Reviewed by Stephen Kaye
Fri Feb 12th, 2016

A recent biography of a mid 19th century lawyer may be an unlikely prospect for a great book, but Amestoy did not have to play the odds.  He has a sure winner when he chose the author of Two Years Before the Mast for a biography. What happened after those two years is...

by Kenneth B. Liegner, M.D.
Thu Feb 4th, 2016

Who defines a disease?  Who says what tests or treatment should be administered in this 21st. Century? Is it the well-trained critical care physician, accomplished in comparative scientific method and well versed in the history of disease?  Or do the leaders of a professional...

by Jonathan Wells
Poetry review
Reviewed by Kevin T. McEneaney
Fri Jan 22nd, 2016

Jonathan Wells’ new book of poetry excels in varied subject matter, perspective, and technique. While he possesses an original voice, it is as if he has many voices running up and down a musical scale. Most poetry in the United States tunnels into monologue. Wells invites dialogue. His poem “...

by Patti Smith
Mon Dec 28th, 2015

Patti Smith is something of a Renaissance woman - a legendary rock star, a poet, an artist and a photographer. She is also the writer who won the 2010 National Book award for Just Kids, an account of her early years in New York and her friendship with the artist, Robert Maplethorpe.