E.B. Boatner Posts

A Word In Edgewise: Thoughts on Black History Month

In 1926, Negro History Week, Black History Month’s precursor, was created concurrent with the February birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Co-founder Carter G. Woodson wrote, “If a race has no history, it has […]

A Word In Edgewise: One Great Leap for Mankind

We mortals live our lives bounded by space and time, struggling to gain our fair share of each. But membranes are permeable; actions seep through generations, past affecting present, present altering past. Lauren Lee’s The Great Leap, […]

A Word In Edgewise: Surfing the Sands of Time

People frequently prefer either/or to multiple-choice; less fuss and bother, less thinking required. Before or After, Then or Now, Good or Bad. Recently, the term “Interdisciplinary” is used, particularly in academia, leading one’s mind to make connections, to […]

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Thursdays and Every Other Sunday Off: A Domestic Rap by Verta Mae Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor University of Minnesota Press $16.95 By turns informative, witty, enraging, and heartbreaking, storyteller Smart-Grosvenor’s Domestic Rap tells it like it is […]

A Word In Edgewise: Thoughts on Friendship and Fitness in 2019

Holidays evoke images of family and friends, get-togthers with food and beverage, communities of kindred spirits. Often, in my experience, these resemble childbirth, as the host moans, “Why did I do this? Now I remember why I […]

Books: Issue 617

When Brooklyn Was Queer Hugh Ryan St. Martin’s Press $29.99 Shown the words “gay” and “New York,” one’s first thought would likely be Greenwich Village, or gaudy eccentrics encountered along the great White Way. “Brooklyn,” on […]

A Word In Edgewise: Plus ça change … Or, Does it Ever?

Among the comic books I read as a kid were tales of Frank Buck, adventurer, collector, the fellow who coined, “Bring ‘Em Back Alive.” Safaris were exotic to an 8-10-year–old; I imagined jungle treks, stealth, and […]

A Word In Edgewise: Reading As a Two-Way Street

Under a recent Facebook photo of a wall of books was a caption asking (I forget exactly) whether people are still reading actual books. The replies ran from “Real books only!”” to “E-books, what a […]

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Farm Boy: A Memoir with Recipes Mark Abramson Minnesota Boy Press $15; $4.99 Kindle The prequel to Minnesota Boy (2017), Abramson starts from a Copperfieldian “I am born,” and takes the reader to nineteen, heading for […]

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 […]

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