Letter to the Reader:


A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT


There is a park bench in Bronx River Park where I often sit, a block away from where I grew up. It is a wonderful, quiet, peaceful and leafy place, unlike most of New York City.

The lone bench is steps away from the unsung Bronx River, the only body of fresh water running through New York City. Us folks from the Bronx are the only New Yorkers physically connected to mainland America, and not living on an island, like everyone else.

Lately, I have been leaving my place in Jersey City more often to take the long trek to the upper Bronx, just to buy lunch at a take-out on White Plains Road and 219th Street -- the greasier the better, and I walk a few blocks, quietly sit and watch the river, and remember all that went on when I was much younger.

A week ago I was sitting on the park bench I have just described, eating hot wings, staring at the river, and seeing a young self in back of me belly-flopping on a sled - wildly, uninhibitedly - down a snow-filled incline.

I knew that the hot wings, French fries, and a huge, sugar-laden Pepsi were not the greatest things in the world to be consuming, but who cared. I was back home!

One of the reasons for this trip was that just a few days before, someone had the nerve to suggest to me that I was an intellectual snob because of the Neworld Review. This bothered me. Just what was that suppose to mean? How could someone from such humble beginnings in the upper Bronx ever become a snob, much less an intellectual one?

I sat on the New York City park bench, chewing on my greasy wings and fries, still staring at the slow moving river with no other humans around but me, and I thought once again about that outrageous charge.

But this time I quickly dismissed it, and instead, focused on the issue at hand.

Snobs that we may be, this issue of the Neworld Review is filled from cover to cover with the kind of articles I love to read.

So please, join us.

And when you are in New York City, you don’t have to just mill around all day in Times Square. You can go native and take a subway trip to Bronx River Park, and see the river that runs through it and maybe it will release some long buried thoughts as it does for me; thoughts I am more than happy thinking about and sharing.

And you just might spot me, sitting alone, chewing on ghastly food, lost in thought about both the past and the future.

But please, not too many. I don’t want to look up one day and see that I have to endure once again what can only be called the tourist district crowd.

This is a hidden delight, known only to a select few.


Fred Beauford

Editor-in-Chief
/Publisher


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Neworld Review
Vol. 3 No 12 - 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: Art Beat

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.

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

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This Month's Articles

REVIEWING

Who Fears Death

by Nnedi Okorafor


Reviewed by Janet Garber


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African Golem

A child conceived in unusual circumstances, raised by its mother, never knowing its real father, soon discovers its superhuman powers, and then goes on a quest to deliver its people from harm, ultimately sacrificing itself for the common good.  Sound familiar?  Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces traced the mythic trajectory of the hero back in 1949, and found that most of the world’s great stories and great religious heroes (Osiris, Prometheus, Moses, the Buddha, Christ) fit this.....Read More



MEMOIR

...and Mistakes Made Along the Way An excerpt from a memoir

by Fred Beauford


Chapter Seven — Elvis

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Before I formally begin this chapter, in the spirit of full disclosure, there is a very important, and highly interesting reason why I entitled this chapter “Elvis,” when I could have just as easily entitled it “The Great, Life-changing I.Q. Test,” or “Becoming Fred Beauford.”

One day, during the 90’s, while I was still an Associate Professor teaching.....Read More



REVIEWING

The Prism and the Rainbow—A Christian Explains Why Evolution Is Not a Threat

by Joel W. Martin


Reviewed by Jane M. McCabe


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Joel W. Martin (b. 1955) is an American marine biologist and inveterate zoologist who’s currently Chief of the Division of Invertebrate Studies and Curator of Crustacea at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC). His main area of research is the morphology and systematics of marine.....Read More

REVIEWING

The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg

by Deborah Eisenberg


Picador | 2010 | 980 pages

Reviewed by Sally Cobau

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The stories of Deborah Eisenberg are luminous, well crafted and beautiful—so why were they so hard for me to get through?  Maybe it was the size of the book—The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg is a hefty tome, a retrospective, if you will, of about 1,000 pages (980, to be exact).  I went through the stories slowly—sitting on the bed beside my children while they watched “Scooby Doo,” reading in the car as my husband drove to the grocery store, in coffee shops, and in my own bed. It seemed too daunting a task—to reasonably assess a writer of Eisenberg’s brilliance, and to come to some coherent conclusions about her remarkable contribution to the.....Read More



REVIEWING

Snatch: The Adventures of David and Me in Old New York

by Charles Fuller


Reviewed by Herb Boyd


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As in his award-winning play, A Soldier's Play, which ultimately became the movie, A Soldier's Story, Charles Fuller enticingly weaves history and mystery together in Snatch, his first children's book or novella.

Lovers of New York's history, particularly the ante-bellum period, will flip the pages in wonder, marveling in what will happen to the two black brothers who set out in defiance of their parents' admonitions about nighttime travel to help a runaway slave.

It is a time of slave catchers and the two brothers are as much seeking.....Read More



REVIEWING

Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Food in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens

by Andrew Beahrs


Reviewed by Fred Beauford


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When I was the editor of the Crisis magazine, during the first years of the 90’s, I embarked on several press junkets organized and paid for by the giant oil company, Chevron, which had its major office in San Francisco.

They had assembled a small group of magazine editors from around the country. We all - black, white and Hispanic, male and female - edited publications that were thought to influence public policy; so, without anyone saying it, it was obvious to all of us what the point of these trips was really.....Read More



MEMOIR

Adam’s Belle: A Memoir of Love Without Bounds

by Isabel Washington Powell with Joyce Burnett


Reviewed by Loretta H. Campbell


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First Wives Tales

Why would a young, beautiful, and successful showgirl give up her career for a preacher’s son? According to this memoir, the answer is simple—love. The young woman was Isabel Washington, a dancer and performer at the Cotton Club and in various all-Black revues. The preacher’s son was known as none other than Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

Powell courted Washington, a divorcee with a small son , while he was still in college. Although she never admits it, she and Powell were about the same age. Washington was one of the all-Black cast members of the Broadway play, Harlem, when they met.   She was unimpressed by him during their first meeting at the apartment of a mutual friend.

A man walked through the door looking like he had come from a concentration camp,” she writes.

However, Powell was impressed. He began courting her almost.....Read More



BOOK NEWS

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This year at our Annual Benefit Gala, on October 19, 2010, the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony will honor the great Turkish writer and 2006 Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk by presenting him with the most distinguished Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement. The Gala will again be held at Cipriani 42nd Street, New York City.

Pamuk is a a writer whom Mailer admired, a writer, who has opened up a window so all can better understand the culture.....Read More



BEYOND BOOKS

Art Beat

By Lindsey Peckham


This month, July, is a New York City downtown special! All of the featured museums, galleries, and stores can be found south of 14th Street...

Bullet Space

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   The city of New York turned over this formerly dilapidated building last spring to squatters who had resided there for over 30 years for just $1. The residents quickly brought the building up to code and installed a politically charged gallery on the first floor that showcases local street art talent, as well as artifacts from the building and the neighborhood. The current exhibit showcases the impressive talent of Andrew Castrucci, a painter, sculptor and graphic designer whose work seems almost delicate in a building dominated by primary colors.....Read More



REVIEWING

Voyager: Seeking Newer Worlds in the Third Great Age of Discovery

by Stephen J. Pyne


Viking | July 2010 | 444 pages | $29.95

Reviewed by Jill Noel Shreve

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“Across five centuries, while the vocabulary of exploration has changed, its syntax has remained intact.” In his newest non-fiction project, Voyager: Seeking Newer Worlds in the Third Age of Discovery, Stephen J. Pyne illustrates this idea for his audience, and he does it in an unconventional way. Rather than focusing the trajectory of the book on the 1977 Voyager 1 and 2 launches and their respective interplanetary Grand Tours, Pyne opts for a presentation in context. He taps into the idea that exploration transcends centuries, comparing space exploration—specifically the mission of Voyager—to the great expeditions of Columbus, da Gama, Lewis and Clark, Livingston, Magellan, a.....Read More