Would you pay to browse in a real bookstore?

Food for Thursday Thought! This article was posted by Ron Charles on February 11, 2013 in The Washington Post, submitted by Joseph Jordan, writer and Friends’ Donation Center volunteer.  The future looks bleak indeed if book stores have to start charging their customers to browse: Bookstores, such as Politics & Prose in Washington, are increasingly being […]

Salman Rushdie: Infernal Genius or What? Part III

By Byron Spooner Part III When The Satanic Verses came out in 1989 I appeared on KSFO with host Noah Griffin, along with Bruce Brugmann and Ishmael Reed to discuss the fatwa the book had provoked.  During a commercial break, Noah informally polled the panel, asking if any of us had actually read the book.  […]

Natural Inheritance

By Mary Ellen Hannibal Robert Paine is a super-famous ecologist, the first person to really nail down the process known as a “trophic cascade,” by which top predators have a forcing effect that deeply impacts the entire food web.   Many years ago Paine did an experiment off the North Atlantic coast, removing sea stars (formerly […]

Call Me Trimtab

By Mary Ellen Hannibal This past Friday I was out in the tide pools at Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay, helping Julie Waters and other folks from the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve count nudibranchs.  Nudibranch means “naked gill” and most species look like a piece of drag queen, flagrant blogs with feathery decorations that sit […]

Salman Rushdie: Infernal Genius or What? Part I

By Byron Spooner  PART I I feel like such a moron. Pretty much as a matter of habit I set aside an hour or so each night before going to sleep just for reading.  I set aside another hour or so in the morning for the same purpose.  That’s almost ten percent of my day. […]

The End of Love

By Mary Ellen Hannibal Marilyn Yalom proposes How the French Invented Love, giving us “Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance,” and then she brings us up to the present day, in which the French have seemingly lost the recipe.  Yalom is the prolific elucidator of many feminine-oriented fields of inquiry, including A History of […]

Strange Bird

By Mary Ellen Hannibal  It would seem that all animal species have deep totemic significance not only in indigenous cultures but in Christian, Islamic, Judaic, Eastern, and Western traditions as well.  And many original stories and beliefs about animals turn out to make ecological sense.  In his nifty book Vulture, anthropologist Thom van Dooren surveys […]

Wolves in the New Yorker

By Katie Sue Ambellan October is officially spooky month–a time when it’s ok to bring up the updead, costumes and still being into Danzig.  “Monstober,” as I like to call it, is also the perfect month to get into Black Metal music. The New Yorker thought so too, I guess, and recently ran a piece […]

Poetry Tuesday

Jack Hirschman is a man who needs no introduction.  His poetry and social activism have touched many over the years and The Readers Review is honored to publish some of his latest works. EMERGENCE by Jack Hirschman I came out of it knowing I had to learn death by heart.

The Mystique Goes On

By Mary Ellen Hannibal Recently I sat in on a book group where The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Freidan, was under discussion. The participants were members of the Smith Club of the Peninsula; Smith is Freidan’s alma mater, and her classmates from the class of 1942 were the anonymous respondents to the questionnaire that forms […]