Issue #257
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Mid-Winter 2014 - 2015
Title Author Publisher Subject
My Best Friend's Ghost
Singing Bronze:
A History of Carillon Music
A Letter from the Dominican Republic
Flirty Chat Rooms
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Twenty Years of Great Poetry Books The Editors of RALPH [List] Some of the Great Books of Verse
That Have Come to Us since 1994
Fu-Go*
The Curious History of
Japan's Balloon Bomb
Attack on America
Ross Coen (University of Nebraska Press) The Launching of Thousands of
Gas-Fire Balloons from
Japan to the United States, 1944-1945
The Faulkes Chronicle David Huddle (Tupelo Press) Mother is Dying of Cancer
But Does It Beautifully (Literally)
With the Coöperation of Her Thirty-One Children (!)
Hiroshima, Nagasaki
The Real Story of the
Atomic Bombings and
Their Aftermath
Paul Ham (Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press) An Excellent Account of the Politics Behind
(On Both Sides) that Led to
The Destruction of Japanese Two Cities
The Burning of the World
A Memoir of 1914
Béla Zombory-Moldován
Peter Zombory-Moldován, Translator
(New York Review Classics) An Exact Description of the Early Days of WWI
And its Effect on All Concerned
The Most Dangerous Book*
The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses
Kevin Birmingham (The Penguin Press) The War against Ulysses and
the History of "Dirty" Words in Literature
Copia*
Poems
Erika Meitner (BOA Editions Ltd) Fine and Unusual Poems of Love (and Reality)
In Modern-Day USA
Euphoria
A Novel
Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press) Three Anthropologists in the South Pacific
Between the Wars (Between Themselves)
The Human Age
The World Shaped by Us
Diane Ackerman (W. W. Norton) The Odd Things We Are Doing to
Convert the World to One of (Only)
Human Beings
How to Be an Intellectual
Essays on Criticism, Culture, & the University
Jeffrey J. Williams (Fordham) A Self-Defined "Intellectual" on Such Grim Tales as
How We've Turned Our Students into a Hopeless Debtor Class
Advanced Rut Hunting[G]
Strategies for Taking
Whitetails During
Prime Time
Gerald Bethge, Editor (Lyons Press)Methods for Bagging a Lusty Stag and
Turning Him into Fresh Meat
The Hamburger Book Honey and Larry Ziman (St. Martins Press) More Silliness than You Can Imagine
About the Common Hamburger
From the Duchy of Moscow to Vladimir Zhirinovsky:
Russian History and Its Consequences
Jon Gallant [Article] Some Astonishing Facts about Vladimir Zhirinovsky
Who Wants Russia to Take Back Alaska
The Discovery of Other Minds Antoine de Saint-Exupéry [Reading] David Tucker Translates and Entrancing Passage
About Waiting in the Desert ---
To Be Saved; or Perhaps Killed
Dual Micturation in Dublin[G]
James Joyce [Reading] Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus
In a Late Night Pissing Contest
Wal-Mart Supercenter and
Porto, Portare, Portavi, Portatus
Erika Meitner [Poetry] Two about Shopping Centers, Miscreants, and
The Job of All of Us to Consume
[G] = Great Reviews, Readings, or Poems of the Past
[B] = Brief Reviews
*A Book that the Editors Believe Merits Your Attention


Issue #258
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Late Winter 2014 - 2015
Title Author Publisher Subject
Global Warming and China and India
Evil Aliens
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Fifteen Stupendous Books from 2014 The Editors of RALPH [List] Some of the Great Books of 2014
World War I In 100 Objects Peter Doyle (Penguin) One Hundred Rather Ghastly Objects
That Supposedly Helped the Good Guys
Win the War
'Til the Well Runs Dry* A Novel Lauren Francis-Sharma (Henry Holt) A Fascinating Round of Love,
Incest, Family Wars, and
Despair in Trinidad
The Legs of Izolda Morgan Selected Writings Bruno Jasienski (Twisted Spoon Press) They Called Themselves the "Futurists."
They Were the Dadaists of Interwar Poland and
They (as Usual) Issued the Usual Manifestos
Island of a Thousand Mirrors A Novel Nayomi Munaweera (St. Martin's Press ) The Civil War in Sri Lanka --- and, before,
The Romance of Growing Up in an Island Paradise
Ecodeviance (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness CAConrad (Wave Books) The Author Is Fond of Pulling Strings ---
Then Sitting Down to Write Poems About It
This Life* Karel Schoeman (Archipelago) A Subtle and Lovely Book about the Very Shy ---
and How They Survived So Long Ago (in the Boer Country)
The Unloved Deborah Levy (Bloomsbury) They're in a Rented Chateau in Normandy --- and in Levy Country.
Kinsey[G]* Sex the Measure Of All Things Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy (Indiana University Press) The Fascinating History of Kinsey and
All Those Sex Study Books
Great Folios of the Past
Late Summer 2011
[List] The Editors One of the Most Popular
Printed Edition of RALPH
The Veliki Knyaz
An Episode in Russian History
Jon Gallant [Article] A Historical Example of
Russian Demand for Conformity.
Jean Genet and the Black Panthers Edmund White [Reading] Jean Genet Being Jean Genet
How Writers Lose Their Style David Lodge [Reading] When Computers Come in to Deflate the Novelist
The Zen Monks and The Governor Zen Master Seung Sahn [Reading] The Monk in the Kitchen Teaches
The Governor How to Fly
Maps and
The Bibles of the Poor
Marshall McLuhan1 [Reading] The Market in Black Market Maps
Ice Age Sigitas Parulskis [Poem] Turning Splinters into
Messages from Heaven
The Lice Seekers Arthur Rimbaud [Poem] The Ladies Clean the Boy's Head
[G] = Great Reviews, Readings, or Poems of the Past
[B] = Brief Reviews
*A Book that the Editors Believe Merits Your Attention


Issue #259
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Early Spring 2015
Title Author Publisher Subject
Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes
Maybe You Are Too Bussy
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Some Odd (But Very Important) Books The Editors of RALPH [List] Some of the Best Revelatory Books
From the Last Twenty Years
Face of Our Time* August Sander (André Deutsch) The Noted Early 20th Century Photographer Remembered
An Innocent Abroad
Life-Changing Trips from
35 Great Writers
Don George, Editor (Lonely Planet) Essays from All Over
With Life-Changing Adventures
Preparing the Ghost*
An Essay Concerning
The Giant Squid and
Its First Photographer
Matthew Gavin Frank (Liveright Publishing) The History and the Giant
Mysteries of the Giant Squid Explained
Fractured Times
Culture and Society in
The Twentieth Century
Eric Hobsbawm (New Press) The Famed (and Eloquent) Historian
Explains What Is Happening to Us<
And Offers Insight into Cowboys, too
Miruna*
A Tale
Bogdan Suceavă (Twisted Spoon Press) Miraculous Goings-On
In the Mountains of Romania
Up in Here
Jailing Kids on
Chicago's Other Side
Mark Dostert (University of Iowa) Working as a Guard in Chicago's
Biggest Juvenile Facility
A Useless Man*
Selected Stories
Sait Faik Abasiyanik (Archipelago Books) Thirty-Seven Stories by the Folkish Writer
Known to All in Turkey as Sait Faik
How to Be Both Ali Smith (Pantheon) A Mysterious Italian Artist
From the 15th Century
And a Brilliant Girl from the Twentieth
The Fays Bogdan Suceavă [Reading] The Carpathian Version of The Furies
The Twenty-Five
Truths of Life [G]
Barry Corbet --- 1935 - 2004 [Article] An Eulogy for the Famous Writer, Photographer and Editor
Death of
The Dülger
Sait Faik Abasiyanik [Reading] The Noisiest, Ugliest Fish in All Creation
The Hot Bath
Helping to Cure Rheumatism, Hypertension, and Ascites
Robert and Michèle Root-Bernstein [Reading] One of the Oldest Cure-Alls Explained
Lilith Enid Jacob James [Poem] Eve's Side of the Story Explained
James Alley Blues[G] Richard 'Rabbit' Brown [Poem] How to Love One Too Much
[G] = Great Reviews, Readings, or Poems of the Past
[B] = Brief Reviews
*A Book that the Editors Believe Merits Your Attention


Issue #260
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Mid-Spring 2015
Title Author Publisher Subject
Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum
Our Cheatin' Wives
The Grand Prince of Moscow
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Why O Why? The Editors of RALPH [List] A Nice Collection from
Twenty Years of This Magazine's
"Paradox of the Month"
The Possibilities Kaui Hart Hemmings (Simon & Schuster) A Novel about a Boy's Death,
and the Young Girl Who Appears at the Back Door,
Saying She is the To-Be Mother of the Son's New Child
K is for Killer Sue Grafton (St. Martin's Griffin) Number 11 in the Apparently
Endless Series of Detective Stories
by Grafton
Zen Encounters with Loneliness Terrence Keenan (Wisdom) An Alcoholic Zen Master
Relates the Details of
His Addiction
The Empire of the Dead Tracy Daugherty (Johns Hopkins University) Seven Short Stories
Five about a
Lonely Man in New York City
The Footloose American Trail Across South America
Following the Hunter S. Thompson
Brian Kevin (Broadway Books) Following Thompson's Trail in
South America Fifty Years Ago
10:04
A Novel
Ben Lerner (Faber & Faber) An Up-and-Coming Novelist in New York
with Hiurricane, Pregnancies, and Thoughts of
Writers Writing about Writing
Hell and Good Company
The Spanish Civil War And the World It Made
Richard Rhodes (Simon & Schuster) Heroism, Sacrifice, and
the Outsiders in the Midst
of that Sad War
Dataclysm
Who We Are When We Think No One's Looking
Christian Rudder (Crown) Some Scary Facts about
What You Give Up When
You Join Others Online
Seduced by Modernity:[G]
The Photography of Margaret Watkins2
Mary O'Connor
Katherine Tweedie
Editors
(McGill-Queens University Press) One of the Great "Modernist" Photographers
from the American Jazz Age
Georgia O'Keeffe and
New Mexico[G]
A Sense of Place
Barbara Buhler Lynes Leslie Poling-Kempes Frederick W. Turner (Princeton University Press) The Testy O'Keeffe Being Testy
to the Snobs of Santa Fe
Kosher Goyim Dr. Phage Article A Plan to Convert the Goyim
by Means of the Best Food
on the Planet
When Rats Find Cats Alluring
Toxoplasma gondii
Diane Ackerman [Reading] A New and Devilish Plague Particular
to Cats and Kangaroos
Eskimos and
The Long
Winter Darkness[G]
Jane Brox Houghton Mifflin Harcourt How Eskimos Survived without
Lights and Electricity
Baudelaire 1939
Baudelaire Hamburger
Marcia
Richard Brautigan Poems The Beat Master in
Three of His Best
[G] = Great Reviews, Readings, or Poems of the Past
[B] = Brief Reviews
*A Book that the Editors Believe Merits Your Attention


Issue #261
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Late Spring 2015
Title Author Publisher Subject
Kosher Goyim
Thieves in Wheelchairs
Offer from the Libyan Government
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Fifteen All-Time Hits The Editors of RALPH [List] The Reviews, Articles, Poems and Readings
That Get the Most Repeat Business
From Our Readers
On Immunity*
An Inoculation
Eula Biss (Graywolf Press) A Writer's Personal Trip to Discover if
It Is Safe for Her to Inoculate Her Son
Philip Larkin
Life, Art and Love
James Booth (Bloomsbury) One of those Excruciating Long Overly Dull
Microscopic Examinations of an Author's Life
(As If the Secret of His Art Were Hidden There
Our Lady of the Nile* Scholastique Mukasonga (Archipelago) An Utterly Charming Peek at a Girl's School
In Present-Day Rwanda with (Surprise!)
Little Blood, Lots of Love
Dead Water Ann Cleeves (Minotaur) An Endlessly Drawn Out Murder Mystery
In, of All Places, the Shetland Islands
The Birds of Pandemonium
Life Among the Exotic and the Endangered
Michele Raffin (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill) Raffin Cannoit and Will Not Leave a Sick or Nutty Bird
From Moving into Her Place There in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Doing It at the Dixie Dew Ruth Moose (Minotaur/Thomas Dunne) Another Bed & Breakfast Murder ---
This Time in the Deep South
The Queen's Caprice
Stories
Jean Echenoz (New Press) Seven of Echenoz' Fiction/Non-Fiction Explorations
Of History, Engineering, and the Outskirts of Paris
The Bird Skinner
A Novel
Alice Greenway (Grove Press) A Surly Old Boozer Meets an Old Friends
Lovely and Out-of-this-World Daughter
American Creation[G]
Triumphs and Tragedies at
The Founding of the Republic
Joseph J. Ellis (Random House Audio) A Can't-Stop-Listening Reading
Of the Early Days of the Republic
Lanterns on The Prairie[G]
The Blackfeet Photographs Of Walter McClintock
Steven L. Grafe, Editor (University of Oklahoma) A Treasury of Photographs from the Late 19th Century
The Huwoman Race Mike Ervin [Article] Another Sly Reading of Would-Be
History by the Sly and Comic "Crip" Writer
Perceptions of Risk
Vs. the Real Thing
Eula Biss [Reading] Howe You and I Misrepresent the Least Dangerous
And Forget the Most Dangerous
The Louisiana Purchase[G] Joseph J. Ellis [Reading] What Historian Ellis Calls "the Most Consequential
Executive Decision in American History
Mr. Pou & the Alphabet
The Hell Poem
John Berryman's [Poetry] One a Poem for His Son,
Another a Poem about His Madness
Letter to the Dead[G] Affonso Romano DeSant'Anna [Poetry] A Poem about the Fact that
Nothing at All Has Changed
[G] = Great Reviews, Readings, or Poems of the Past
[B] = Brief Reviews
*A Book that the Editors Believe Merits Your Attention


Issue #262
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Early Summer 2015
Title Author Publisher Subject
Poole's Paradise
Viruses
When Is a Rejection Just Too Quick?
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Twelve Great Readings The Editors of RALPH [List] The Readings That Get
The Most Repeat Business
From Our Readers
Fire and Movement*
The British Expeditionary Force And the Campaign of 1914
Peter Hart (Oxford) The First Four Months of WWI,
As Seen through the Eyes of the
New Young Recruits
Under the Tripoli Sky Kamal Ben Hameda (Peirene) A Boy on the Streets of Tripoli, Surrounded by
Magic, and Magic Women
The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price*
Purveyor of Superior Funerals
Wendy Jones (Europa Editions) A Young Funeral Director
Finds Himself Caught in
TheWiles of Women
(That He May Have Brought on Himself)
One Day I Will
Write About This Place
A Memoir
Binyavanga Wainaina (Graywolf Press) A Trip through the Languages (and Oddities)
Of Modern-Day East Africa
Into the War Italo Calvino (Mariner Books) The Early Days of WWII in San Remo
As Experienced by the Young Fascists
Transoceanic Lights S. Li (Harvard Square Editions) They Come from China to the Promised Land
AndAll They Found Was
Nag-Nag-Nag (and 16-Hour Work Days
Time Present and Time Past* Deidre Madden (Europa Editions) The Normal Buckley Family Turns Out
To Have Strange Delusions (and Odd Children)
Eight Mile High Jim Ray Daniels (Michigan State University Press) A Normal Workaday Families in Michigan
Turns Out to Have Some Violent Surprises
All-American Poem [G] Matthew Dickman (American Poetry Review) A Young Eccentric Poet
Shows Himself to Have Some
Surprises in the Form (and Truth) Department
Timothy[G]
Or, Notes of An Abject Reptile
Verlyn Klinkenborg
Josephine Bailey, Reader
(Tantor --- 5 CDs) Gilbert White, the Naturalist's Naturalist
From Two Centuries Ago, as
Observed by His Turtle
Your Super-Ego Is
Just an Old Nag
Adam Phillips [Reading] How the Super-Ego Can Be
Compared to Don Quixote's Horse, Rocinante
Radio:
Our Golden Age
L. W. Milam (Article) Memories of Being Carried Aloft
By the Sound of Late-Night Radio
The New Telephone and
The New Airplane at War
Peter Hart [Reading] A New War ---
And New Means of
Transmitting Information
Tito Aaron Cometbus [Poem] Stuff in Your Apartment
That the Landlord Should Never See
The History of the Minstrel Show Richard Garcia [Poem] A Free Verse Memory of
Some Deplorable Entertainments
Shiva Goes Surfing
Off Newfoundland
Francis S. Pickins [Poem] The Great Warm Mother
In the Cold Northeast
[G] = Great Reviews, Readings, or Poems of the Past
[B] = Brief Reviews
*A Book that the Editors Believe Merits Your Attention


Issue #263
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Mid-Summer 2015
Title Author Publisher Subject
Another Letter from Warren Buffet
Edward Everett
Twisted Spoon Press
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Several Dozen Odd Letters The Editors of RALPH [List] Wonderful (and Freaky) Letters
That Have Come into Our Offices
Over the Past Twenty Years
The Insect Cookbook
Food for a Sustainable Planet
Arnold van Huis, Henk van Gurp, and Marcel Dicke (Columbia University Press) Things You Should Be Eating Right Now
(Grasshopper, Mealworms, Thrips, Bedbugs, Roaches)
So Our Children Can Survive and Thrive
Cultural Encyclopedia
Of the Penis
Michael Kimmel, Christine Milrod,
And Amanda Kennedy, Editors
(Rowman & Littlefield) The Weenie, in High
(And Tedious) Relief
Turing
Pioneer of the Information Age
Jack Copeland (Oxford) The Inventor of the Computer
And the Big Question:
Did the British Government
Drive Him to Suicide?
Time Ages in a Hurry* Antonio Tabucchi (Archipelago Books) A Small Selection of Several of the Author's Stories
Doctors Without Borders
Humanitarian Quests, Impossible Dreams
Of Médecins Sans Frontières
Renée C. Fox (Johns Hopkins University Press) A Sociological Study of the
Pioneering Medical Group That Has Helped
In Some of the Most Decimated
Parts of the World
White Hunger Aki Ollikainen (Peirene) The Finnish Famine of 1866 - 1868
I Refuse Per Petterson (Graywolf Press) A Novel of Two Men of Norway
One Rich, One Poor,
Both Unhappy
The Chair
Poems
Richard Garcia (BOA) A Hundred of So of What
Our Reviewer Calls "Box Poems
The Emperor, C'est Moi Hugo Horiot (Seven Stories Press) Adventures in Inexpressiveness
By Our Young (and Feisty) Hero
Hidden Witness[G]
African-American Images from
The Dawn of Photography
To the Civil War
Jackie Napolean Wilson (St. Martin's Press) The Discover, by Our Writer,
Of a Treasure-Trove of
Ancient Photographs
Broken Land[G]
Poems of Brooklyn
Julia Spicher Kasdorf
Michael Tyrell
Editors
(New York University Press) A Bracing Collection of
Poems on Brooklyn
From the 17th Century to Now
The Evening
The World Ended
The Phantom [Article] Memories of Some Unforgettable
AA Meetings (in the Basement)
The Trial of
Fatty Arbuckle[G]
Wanda Felix [Article] The Trial of the Century
(From Ninety Years Past)
Fighting with Father Pers Petterson [Reading] A Classic Battle
Out of Oedipus
Eugène Atget's Paris
&
Walter Benjamin
Alexander Gelley [Reading] Classic Views of the Streets of Paris
To a Nose Francisco de Quevedo [Poem] The Hooter, Examined
Strawberry Pie Xia Yu [Poem] The Sweet (and the Sad) of Love
Death Is Sitting[G]
At the Foot
Of My Bed
Oscar Hahn [Poem] How Not to Sleep Well at Night
[G] = Great Reviews, Readings, or Poems of the Past
[B] = Brief Reviews
*A Book that the Editors Believe Merits Your Attention


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