Interview

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

Light melancholy

somber wind

flood of fire

lava distilled

nothing said

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.

A terrorist has concocted a sinister plot to blow up "dirty bombs" in major American cities. If "The Engineer's" plans are not discovered and halted cities like New York and Boston could be rendered uninhabitable.

Retired FBI agent Mark Patrick is enjoying a comfortable life after serving a long career dealing with organized crime. When he is contacted by a criminal syndicate that wants to pass along information about some suspicious shipments he is not too pleased. But he knows wherein his duty lies.

In Archer Mayor's 24th crime novel featuring Joe Gunther and his crew from the Vermont Bureau of Investigation the area is still in recovery mode in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. The VBI gets a call to investigate a situation in a cemetery; floodwaters had exposed some graves and one of them has revealed a coffin that was buried 17 years ago. The coffin had been filled with stones. Whoever was supposed to be inside apparently wasn't ever in there.

Shandi Pierce and her three-year-old son Natty were shopping at a Circle K store near Atlanta when a holdup took place. This event becomes the catalyst for an attraction that consumes Shandi. She falls in love with an odd guy named William after this stranger intercedes and protects young Natty from the robber.

'Someone Else's Love Story" is a twisted, complicated tale. The author really had a fun time spinning this yarn. By the way, Natty's parentage is one unsolved mystery. Could Natty be the result of an immaculate conception? Read the book. You'll be amazed.

The war between the states; our Civil War was raging 150 years ago. Many books have been published over the past 3 years to mark the anniversary of that Great Unpleasantness. Most of those books have been non-fiction.

Dennis McFarland just published what might be the great Civil War novel of our era. "Nostalgia" is the story of a soldier named Summerfield Hayes.  During the horrific Battle of the Wilderness in 1864 Hayes suffers greatly and is afflicted by what was known at the time as "nostalgia." That term referred to what we now describe as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Chris West has been a stamp collector for many years. His collection includes some of the first postage stamps that were issued in Britain. West has written "A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps." He selected particular stamps that seemed to speak to him about the history of the particular time periods in when each one was printed.

As we surge headlong through this crazy culture do you ever feel the need for some new words to describe what you are seeing and experiencing? Fortunately for us Liesl Schillinger has stepped forward to plug some of these linguistic gaps.

In her book "Wordbirds" Schillinger coins new expressions to relieve some of these vocabulary shortfalls. Do you hate television or at least pretend to loathe it? According to Schillinger you have a case of "telaversion."

When Bill Bryson was mulling over his next project he was thinking about writing a dual biography of Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth. Lindbergh flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean to Paris during the summer of 1927. Nobody had ever done that before. He became an instant celebrity.

Cover Art by David Battle

This essay appears in The Antioch Review's Fall 2013 edition Cartography 101 with a Twist.

Here's an excerpt:

The central character in Larry Baker's novel is Harry Ducharme. Harry was once at the top of the radio world but his fortunes have taken a real hit. Harry washes up in Saint Augustine, Florida. He's living in his car. He drinks. A lot.

Then Harry hears this voice coming out of the radio. Her name is Nora James. She hosts a cooking show on WWHD, the tiny little radio station in town. Harry feels compelled to meet Nora. He goes to WWHD and asks for a job.

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