Five years ago I read "The Tourist" by Olen Steinhauer. This novel's protagonist is the reluctant spy Milo Weaver. He followed that book up with a couple more to form a trilogy. By the time we get to the third book the story lines are so complex that we almost feel the need to create wall charts to keep track of the action. Almost. Steinhauer writes intricate stories that dazzle and entertain.
Roosevelt Reads is a monthly column in Antioch College's online publication, The Independent.
There are some things you have to look away from if you are going to make it through the day and stay sane. The human population explosion and the extinction crisis among other species is such a topic for me, although I have not stopped reading about it. I recently finished Stephen Meyer’s The End of the Wild and Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction. But I am not ready to write about it.
Professor Martin returns for a second session on the program so we can talk about Herb's long held affection for the poetry of Dayton's greatest poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. Herb is the leading scholar of Dunbar's prodigious output of poetry, plays, and novels.
Herbert Woodward Martin's latest collection of poetry features a number of poems that Professor Martin has written over the years upon the flyleaves of other books that he was reading at the time. Here's an example:
On the Flyleaf of Hush I
flood of fire
Herb Martin taught for many years at the University of Dayton. During this interview he provides listeners with glimpses into his life as a teacher and poet. He also reads a number of poems from his latest collection.
When Kenan Trebincevic was eleven years old he was living with his family in a city in northern Bosnia. Then war broke out in the former Yugoslavia. The Trebincevic family's peaceful existence was shattered. They were Muslims. Their city was directly in the crossfire between warring factions of Serbs and Croats. The brutal ethnic cleansing of Bosnia had begun.