E.B. Boatner Posts

A Word In Edgewise: Sardines and Silliness: Restorative, Not Restoration Drama

It’s a world-wearying time. Shall we seek respite in theater? Not Lear or Loman, not sarcastic Coward or brittle Wilde. Something…silly. Through prescience or perchance, the Guthrie offers Noises Off. Michael Frayn’s 1982 gem introduces a group […]

A Word In Edgewise: In the Spirit of Giving

Eventually, one has fewer intimates to whom one gives gifts, less spondulix to lavish on them, and, like you, they already have everything they need—and often much more. Moreover, even best friends, and certainly family, don’t always […]

Holiday Gift Guide: Books

Circulating Queerness: Before the Gay and Lesbian Novel Natasha Hurley University of Minnesota Press $27 While “GLBT,” or “Gay Studies” areas now exist in local booksellers, Natasha Hurley examines the emergence of gay and lesbian novels […]

A Word In Edgewise: Those Little White Lies—and Other Shades on the Spectrum

“I didn’t break the lamp!” “I’m sorry, we can’t use that style novel at this time;” “Don’t worry, you’re going to be fine!” To translate the above, read: “I broke the lamp, I’m afraid I’ll be […]

A Word In Edgewise: Sports and Activity—Goals Yet Unattained

I have friends that hike, that ski, scuba. They trek and cycle in foreign lands through wet and cold and sun and rain. I applaud them, I admire them, but I neither envy, nor seek to surpass […]

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Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography Julia Van Haaften Norton $45 A satisfying, exquisitely detailed portrait of photographer Berenice Abbott (1898-1991). Born in Ohio into a chaotic, peripatetic family, young Abbott herself was quirky, rebellious. She […]

A Word In Edgewise: First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then…

While “Baby Carriage” no longer must necessarily compete the triad of the old playground K-I-S-S-I-N-G song lyric, and today babies are no longer de rigeur to complete socially sanctioned marriage, many same-sex couples (along with straight counterparts) […]

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Where Privacy Dies: A Twin Cities Mystery Priscilla Paton Coffeetown Press $15.95 When the corpse of a well-dressed businessman is discovered in a wetland, and a photo of a dead or unconscious girl is discovered in […]

A Word In Edgewise: Too Much With Us—Still

Wordsworth lamented: The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;– Too much with me, too; seeking a simpler time, I read Hendrik van Loon’s 1930 […]

A Word In Edgewise: Getting Geared for Getting Away

Fall is my favorite travel season. There’s hope of cooler weather, brighter colors, and fewer tourists. But recently, my pleasure has been plagued by anxiety. [Before proceeding, for full disclosure, I acknowledge that travel anxiety is a […]

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