E.B. Boatner Posts

A Word In Edgewise: Theater Stars Align

A recent theatrical syzygy aligned Guthrie’s Floyd’s and Jungle Theater’s Stinkers. One might occasionally find two simultaneous Hamlets, but rarely two productions concerning the recently incarcerated. Both were world premieres, both commissioned; double-Pulitzered Lynn Nottage’s Floyd’s through the […]

A Word In Edgewise: When the Sickness of the Oyster is the Pearl

Professor Temple Grandin is celebrated for her work on humane treatment of livestock and her articulate descriptions of life on the autism spectrum (Emergence: Labelled Autistic, Thinking in Pictures). Diagnosed as “brain damaged,” professionals originally advised the child’s […]

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Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain Sarah Vallance Little A $24.95 Vallance asks to ride a friend’s usually placid horse. Bolting, it jumps a fence, unseats Sarah who lands on her un-helmeted head. Following tests, all […]

A Word In Edgewise: Once Upon A Time Is Now

There’s some flap about Disney’s decision to cast Halle Bailey as Ariel in its live-action version of The Little Mermaid. Bailey is black, and some insist Ariel has always been a red-headed white gal… or fish, but […]

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The Darwin Affair Tim Mason Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill $27.95 Who so wants to deny Charles Darwin a knighthood, that an attempted assassination of Queen Victoria’s, attacks on Prince Albert, and multiple grisly murders are […]

A Word In Edgewise: ‘Pon My Word

“A man’s word is his bond,” is a statement repeated in one form or another through centuries (and applies to women, though seldom recognized in patriarchal societies). Numbers 30:2 declares, “If a man vow a vow unto […]

A Word In Edgewise: What’re the Odds?

Damon Runyon (1880-1946) wrote eighty short stories, of which twenty, including Little Miss Marker (Shirley Temple), Lady for a Day (story “Madame La Gimp”), Pocket Full of Miracles, 40 Pounds of Trouble, and, of course, Guys and […]

A Word In Edgewise: Too Close To Home

There are so many disturbing news bytes spewing forth daily from the myriad devices that often one simply eye-rolls, mutters an expletive and scrolls on. Another red face demanding punishment be meted out to those who think/look/act/differently […]

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These Truths: A History of the United States Jill Lepore Norton $39.95 Lepore, whom many have read in the pages of The New Yorker, has written a prodigious, one-volume history of the United States, carefully explaining […]

A Word In Edgewise: Hanging in the Balance

I would wager that after baby’s first “Mama!” or “Daddy!”, its first fully-formed sentence, observing his cute sister cadging a second cookie or his older brother flaunting his new two-wheeler is, “That’s not fair!” Morality is innate, […]

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