OHIO VALLEY LITERARY AND CULTURAL HISTORY
WITH OCCASIONAL VENTURES INTO THE GREATER MIDWEST AND UPPER SOUTH
February 1, 2016. Traffic rumbles past the enormous brick bulk of The Cincinnati Gardens on Seymour Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio. Three bas-relief sculptures depicting a basketball player, a hockey player and a boxer rise from the exterior brick walls on either side of the main entrance. Several high school boys carrying hockey sticks and large…CONTINUE READING
Not long ago I was in a local library’s children section and I came upon Toni Morrison’s 2004 children’s book Remember: The Journey To School Integration. I wasn’t aware of this book by Toni Morrison. Remember is the story of school integration geared towards younger readers and told through photos and text. In the text…Continue Reading
As the year winds down I thought I’d take a look at some well-known books from a century ago: 1916. This list examines some works by important Midwestern writers, both fiction and nonfiction, and includes works by other authors from both the U.S. and overseas. I’ll start out here with a little background on the…Continue Reading
I was leafing through the “Drum-Taps” section of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass a few years ago and reread many of the poems in this section, including “Come Up From The Fields Father.” As had happened many times before, I was moved by the compassion and tenderness that is present throughout this section of Whitman’s…Continue Reading
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