A Letter From The Editor


Content


I write so much about running the Neworld Review, not out of self regard; though, as you long time readers well know, I often flash strong hints of great personal vanity.

This is a thoroughly fascinating way to get through life, and personal vanity, ultimately, has little meaning.

What most often confronts me when I try to explain the success we are having at the Review is: “Of course you are becoming so successful. It’s because you have great content. Everyone knows that.”

But that was almost dismissive in tone.

What is content, anyway? Perhaps because of age, the word rings hollow and strange in my mind. What does it mean?

Could I be thinking, as I go through my daily tasks, about the world I grew up in, where content was called writing, and was about the world around you, and what you thought, what you felt, and what you believed in?

Whatever it is, in the end, I can’t generate this content by myself, so I can’t spend too much time thinking only about me, and what I have to say. As Editor-in-Chief of the Neworld Review, I have to think about my writers constantly, and try to understand what could most make them want to write, and to do so with deep passion; as Publisher, I also have to think about how I am going to pay them and help advance their careers.

I understand clearly that my fate as Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of the Neworld Review is now inextricably tied to theirs.

In this issue, content abounds, and one book we reviewed, along with a passionate letter by Howell Hurst, speaks to the comments articulated above.

People have been trying, since writing began, to control, or personally profit from this potent form of human communication, although they themselves, no matter what their station in life, can not create, no matter how much they try, no matter how well tutored they have been -- the magic words on paper of which they are so jealous and fearful.

For example, Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim, with a foreword by Dan Wakefield, was truly a revelation. These essays take place in the fabled 50s, in Greenwich Village. My turf.

I have yet to read a better book on some of the major ideas that led to what can only be called an uprising; a jailbreak, if you will, by the creative writers that we now call the Beats, chafing under the burdens imposed by The New York intellectuals who tried in vain to hijack creative expression in this country.

My young friend, Sarah Vogelsong, also had her say and wrote an excellent review of the book.

There is much, much more to impart and I wish I could mention every writer by name. In the meantime, thank you for becoming a part of our creative family. And please, don’t forget to write me a letter.

Fred Beauford

Editor-in-Chief
/Publisher


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Neworld Review
Vol. 3 No 10 - 2010

Editor-in-Chief
/Publisher

Fred Beauford

Art Director

Bernie Rollins

Managing Editor

Margaret Johnstone

Editor-at-Large

Jan Alexander

Senior Editor

Herb Boyd

Online Managing Editor

Richard D. O'Brien

Contributing Editors


Jane M McCabe: history
Loretta H. Campbell
Sarah Vogelsong
Janet Garber
Sally Cobau
Ken Liebeskind
Jill Noel Shreve
Lindsey Peckham: woman about town

The Neworld Review is a publication of Fred Beauford, 3183 Wilshire Blvd,
Suite 196,
Los Angeles, CA. 90010.

Material in this publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without permission. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publishers.

Manuscripts should be accompanied by a self-stamped envelope. Online submissions are accepted at literarylife1@hotmail.com.

Neworld Review cannot be held responsible for unsolicited photographs or manuscripts.

All correspondence to:

Fred Beauford
Editor-in Chief/Publisher

Neworld Review
3183 Wilshire Blvd,
Suite 196,
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This Month's Articles

LETTERS

Write Me A Letter...


howell hurst

Dear Fred:


You are doing a marvelous job with Neworld Review. I enjoyed reading Daji's review of Earnest Adams's book (From Ghetto to Ghetto: An African American Journey to Judaism). I have decided to buy it. The pictures he posted on Facebook brought back many memories. I recently listened to our debate concerning African American Studies. I am going to make you a copy with a photo, I wish you continued success with your publishing company and writings. I also enjoyed your novels.

Winston Duckett
Yonkers, N.Y.

Dear Fred:


I was very pleased to receive this email and the.....Read More

BEYOND BOOKS

Woman about Town

By Lindsey Peckham


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I, the Woman About Town, am a very recent graduate of New York University, where a liberal arts degree and a business degree have prepared me to be the most efficient socialite-in-training possible. With 15 years of dance training and innumerable literature and art history courses behind me, a passion for the arts has now blossomed into a genuine, bonafied.....Read More



REVIEWING

Wench

By Dolen Perkins-Valdez


Reviewed by Janet Garber


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What Time Hath Wrought


As bleak and “broken” as our prospects may appear in 2010, nary a one of us, I wager, Black or White, wants to return to the pre-Civil War era depicted in Wench. Nor do we have a hankering for the 1963 Mississippi of The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, when relations between the races were only marginally better. So the first thought on reading Ms. Perkins-Valdez’s debut novel is inevitably, “how horrible,” and then, right behind it: “look how far we’ve come.”

Perkins-Valdez brings home the horror of slavery, and its very personal toll, by shadowing the.....Read More




REVIEWING

Wild Child

By T. C. Boyle


Reviewed by Sally Cobau

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One could say that the stories in T.C. Boyle’s new collection, Wild Child, are all about forces of nature. There are mudslides, a feral child, wild cats, and rain—lots of rain. But other themes emerge in these stories as well—the fragility of our lives and how off-kilter they can become in the blink of an eye; the mad desire for bodily perfection and the way we navigate the world with myriad choices at every turn.

Boyle’s characters veer between being narcissistic and heroic. They stand knee-deep in .....Read More

MEMOIR

…and Mistakes Made Along the Way, an excerpt from a memoir

by Fred Beauford

Chapter Five—Mother


Hanging out in the projects and being a member of a street gang wasn’t all about listening to exciting music and dancing. It could sometimes be downright dangerous, and deadly. Also, I discovered that although typical New York teenagers in 1955 suffered from an existential dilemma that even Sartre couldn’t solve, blacks kids were filled with an additional rage that could surface at any moment.

I didn’t understand then, but do now, that this black rage was due to more than the typical teenage angst that inflicted almost every teenager in New York City, except, perhaps, Jewish-Americans. From what I could see, .....Read More

REVIEWING

Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim

edited and with an introduction by Mark Cohen


Foreward by Dan Wakefield

Reviewed by Sarah Vogelsong

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Missing a Beat is an apt title for the recently released collection of essays by Seymour Krim, a Beat writer and early acolyte of New Journalism, who has been lost to contemporary readers in the inevitable winnowing down of literature that occurs as time passes and the wheat is separated from the chaff. By no means does Krim ever climb to the level of Mailer or Ginsberg (although his bluntly titled essay Norman Mailer, Get Out of My Head!shows how much he longed for those heights), but nevertheless, there are more than a few kernels of his work that are worth preserving for future generations.

A product of New York City’s Jewish Washington Heights neighborhood.....Read More



REVIEWING

Foxy: My Life in Three Acts

by Pam Grier with Andrea Cagan


Reviewed by Loretta H. Campbell


Most Becoming Legend


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What makes a woman a legend? Is it beauty? Is it brains? Should she be multi-lingual? What about sexy? Suppose she’s Pam Grier, and she’s all these things and more? The answers are in the questions. Grier, queen of, and a survivor from the blaxploitation film era, continues to be one of the most gifted actresses of her generation. Yet her talents have been barely tapped. In Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, A Memoir, she outlines the gifts that brought her fame.

It begins with humor about what could have been a fatal accident involving the infant Pam Grier and her.....Read More


REVIEWING

The Global Forest

By Diana Beresford-Kroeger


Reviewed by Jill Noel Shreve


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“Trees copulate in copious amounts,” writes Diana Beresford-Kroeger in the essay, The Sexual Revolution, one of forty stories in her newest non-fiction project, The Global Forest. In this particular essay, she includes scintillating details of tree-mating habits and hones in on how trees “do it” when they please. But she doesn’t stop there. She takes the sexual appetite of trees one step further, writing, “For a plant such as a tree, sexual parameters are paramount to ensure a continuation of life.”

That’s the beauty of The Global Forest.

In her Irish-Gaelic, storytelling voice, Beresford-Kroeger hooks her audience by.....Read More


REVIEWING

The Art of Choosing

By Sheena Iyengar


Reviewed by Ken Liebeskind

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Examining the concept of choice, from marriage to medical care.


Choice” seems like such a simple word, but when it’s thoroughly examined, it takes on the importance of “freedom,” a concept fraught with a deep-seated meaning that is one of the most fundamental tenets of social life.

In The Art of Choosing, Sheena Iyengar, a business professor at Columbia University, examines choice from a variety of perspectives. She starts with a personal.....Read More