Letter to the Reader:

What is History?

A great deal of this issue deals with highly informative books about American history  . For example, Professor Brenda M. Green returns once again to our pages, and gives us a thoughtful look at the writing career of Toni Morrison, which in novel after novel, Morrison took us back in time to an earlier America, in order for us to understand what brought us to where we are now.

Morrison has also once taken us back to President Andrew Johnson’s time, brought fully alive in Annette Gordon-Reed’s biography, Andrew Johnson, which we also look at in this issue. In many ways, this slim volume by a Pulitzer Prize winning author, ranks with Henry Holt’s other outstanding offering a few years ago, A Peace to End All Peace.

Both books had that, “Wow, now I understand!” moment.

Editor-at-Large, Jan Alexander presents a highly original take on Susan Cheever’s new biography of novelist Louisa May Alcott, Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography.

Alcott was a contemporary of President Johnson.

So much of what we became as a people was forged during this turbulent period in American history. Professor William James might have said that “a certain kind of bellicose excitement” had been unleashed upon the land.

Bellicose excitement notwithstanding, I still find it highly enriching and entertaining that Toni Morrison, Andrew Johnson and Louisa May Alcott all came together in this exceptional issue.

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 One thing I have learned running an online magazine, in perhaps my most startling discovery so far, is that it is a visual medium. I can see now that what has made the Neworld Review such a hit is not just because of our well written, thoughtful articles, but also because our art directing has also been excellent, starting with our now famous covers.

With that insight in mind we added a photography section, headed up by Kara Fox, who worked for me in the same position at the first Neworld in Los Angeles-- as she so artfully puts it, “eons ago.”    

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There is much in this issue for me to be proud of.


Fred Beauford

Editor-in-Chief
/Publisher



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Neworld Review
Vol. 4 No 17 - 2011

Editor-in-Chief
/Publisher

Fred Beauford

Art Director

Bernie Rollins

Managing Editor

Margaret Johnstone

Editor-at-Large

Jan Alexander

Senior Editors

Herb Boyd
Jill Noel Shreve

Online Managing Editor

Richard D. O'Brien

Director of Photography

Kara Fox

Contributing Writers


Jane M McCabe: History
Loretta H. Campbell
Sarah Vogelsong
Janet Garber
Sally Cobau
Michael Carey
Katherine Tomlinson
Brenda M. Green
Lindsey Peckham: Art Beat
Molly Moynahan: Writers' World

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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

Feedback from Immortality.com


Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography

by Susan Cheever


Reviewed by Jan Alexander



susan cheever

I’ve wanted to talk with Louisa May Alcott since I was 10 years old. Susan Cheever presumably shares this fixation. When she read Little Women, “it was as if this woman from long ago was living inside my head,” Cheever writes in the introduction to her new biography.

This is how much I looked to Alcott, and it might at least in part explain why writers continue to examine her much-examined life. Halfway through Little Women I decided I, too, would be a writer, just like Jo March. I ripped the pages out out of an old book with a nice hardcover—sometimes one must make a sacrifice in the name of budding art—then folded in 50 sheets of paper which I stitched into the binding. Then I began handwriting a novel of my own about, well, four sisters with wise parents, poor but happy, and a lively boy next door. It was set in the 1960s instead of the 1860s, so how.....Read More



REVIEWING

Andrew Johnson

by Annette Gordon-Reed


Reviewed by Fred Beauford

andrew johnson

For years, I have had my own versions of heaven and hell. They are both the same place, centered in the same spirit world that is all around us. However, in this incredible world, if you can call it that (because I don’t really have the words yet to fully describe it), there are no sweet and willing young virgins, or costumed clerics strutting about and pulling rank, all the while claiming to be close friends of the Committee of Four, the real Almighties.

Or even, for that matter, free fried chicken joints!

In this world, even the sex seeking dullards come fully alive, because it offers wonder after wonder that even the most insightful of us, on that blessed place we once called earth, never came close to getting right. We humans just didn’t have the information that we needed to see things that can only vaguely be conceived of as earth-bound, carbon-based creatures, totally unaware of all that surrounds us

Those that went to heaven were free to explore.....Read More



ESSAY

Toni Morrison: Recreating the Master Narrative


An Essay by Dr. Brenda M. Greene


toni morrison

Toni Morrison sits on the stage at the 92nd Street Y, regal in her stature, her beautifully gray woven locks cascading down her back, a statue of self-containment, the embodiment of years of wisdom and storytelling, a master griot of the written word. We who sit in the audience, many of whom have been seduced by her novels, feel blessed, in awe and simply grateful to be in the presence of this great writer, the only living American Nobel Laureate in Literature.

When the facilitator asks her to comment on the significance and value of writing her most recent novel, A Mercy, Morrison responds that, “Re-imagining the past in this country and the place of African Americans in the narrative adds a layer of history to this country.”

Morrison’s response draws us back to what she so eloquently articulates in her book of critical essays, Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination (1992):  “The American narrative has.....Read More



PORTFOLIO

Portfolio


by Kara Fox


Eons ago, I had the great pleasure of working with Fred Beauford as the Director of Photography for his creation, Neworld: The Multi-Cultural Magazine of the Arts. It is with great delight I once again assume this assignment for his online magazine Neworld Review. In this position, I will be showcasing the work of photographers of merit.

As we begin the New Year, in the best interest of warmth and humor, I present to you, from my own personal body of work, KRAMER, "The Biting Doberman." For the past two years, my focus has been to encourage him to stop biting and to have him learn patience while being the super-star of my photos. He excels at the latter while we continue to work on the biting. As with most creative projects, the ideas for the photos come from some unknown place, they just arise and Kramer complies! .....Meet Kramer



REVIEWING

Mommie Dearest?
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

by Amy Chua


Reviewed by Janet Garber


book cover

Helicopter parents have nothing on Amy Chua.  Does she not have enough to keep her busy? She’s a Professor of Law at Yale, author of several books on ethnicity, she often tours the country as a guest speaker, and now, this memoir.  And yet nothing, and I mean nothing, can get this sticky flypaper mom off the back of her kids’ necks.  Basically, she raises them in a hothouse atmosphere where all they can do is work, work, work – no play dates, no TV, no computer games, no sports. They are to study every second (alone, with a private tutor and then with her), even on vacation, and devote 5-6 hours a day to practicing piano for one, and violin, for the other.

All is excused, as this is the way Chinese mothers (tiger mothers) raise their young.  The method is obviously successful, Chua says.  Look at her and look at the many Asian youngsters who are accomplished, successful, and fulfilled! And then look at the unwashed hordes of American kids whose.....Read More



NOVEL

The African Gentleman


…and The Plot to Re-establish The New World Order


A Novel by Fred Beauford


Chapters 5-7


5

"I was married for seven years," I said, starting a tale I wasn't sure I should be telling to someone who was still a stranger, and someone I also suspected had a notebook for a mind.

But I forged ahead, anyway. The die, as they say, had been cast.

       “The first six years were the happiest of my life. I had met my wife at The University just a few blocks from here.”

     I pointed in the general direction of The University.

     “We were both students at the School of the Arts, and wanted to be professional actors. I was damn good, as I have said before, but I always thought that she was far better than I. She could cry at the drop of a hat, with real tears running down her face, and then quickly transform herself into a joker, and burst into a laughter that was both full bodied, genuine, and infectious. She could sing, dance, and convincingly throw bodies twice her size across a room, and just as quickly become meek, virginal, and submissive, with little.....Read More



A WRITER'S WORLD

"Buy My Book!"

by Molly Moynahan


Lord! When you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life.  Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.”  ~ Christopher Morley.

caroline leavittRecently, a wonderful writer and Internet friend of mine shared via Facebook that she was “flamed” by someone who didn’t appreciate her promoting her book via social networking. Caroline Leavitt is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels. Her most recent, Pictures of You, already in its third printing, is due to be released this January by Algonquin.  Caroline stresses she has always been proactive and used blogging, Twitter and Facebook to stay in touch with her readers and other writers. Her recent negative experience with self-promotion led to the idea for this column.

Other writers understand that you have to be out there, but non-writers sometimes feel it's annoying,“ Caroline said. ” I did send out .....Read More



REVIEWING

Bird Cloud

by Annie Proulx


Reviewed by Jill Noel Shreve



bird cloud cover

“…I saw to the west, in the direction of the distant property, one cloud in the shape of an immense bird, the head and beak, the breast looming over the Rockies. I took it as a sign that I would get the property and thought Bird Cloud should be the new name for the old sheep ranch,” wrote Annie Proulx in her most recent memoir, Bird Cloud. After more than a decade of living in a house on a property that didn’t agree with her, Proulx decided to set out on a hunt for a new piece of property—one she could build her dream house on. And that’s when a friend suggested the 640-acre piece of land near Saratoga, Wyoming, owned by The Nature Conservancy, the land that Proulx would come to name Bird Cloud.

Proulx’s memoir spans over a seven year period, from 2003 to 2010. She focuses on the undertaking of building the home she’s always imagined, one that would allow her space to breathe, to feel at ease, and to write. Early on in the story, Proulx acquires the .....Read More



Art Beat - january 2011

Art Beat

By Lindsey Peckham


keith tyson: 52 variables

Keith Tyson: 52 Variables


Keith Tyson's latest exhibit "52 Variables" is at the Pace Gallery through February 5th, and it's ingenious in its simplicity. The 52 paintings that line the green gallery walls are all recreations of the backs of playing cards produced over 200 years. What makes this particular show incredible is that despite the astounding diversity of the images, they all manage to feel familiar and comfortable, from an American Airlines logo to the ubiquitous Bicycle cherub. It's well worth a first or even a second.....Read More



SHORT STORY

An Exchange of Gifts

A Short Story by Rob Mohr



Sex in any form had been out for fifteen years, in favor of a clean, uncontaminated body nourished and preserved from any harm that might come if she were to give into her impulses as she once had, when she let attractive men have their way with her. 'How could I have?' Jennifer wondered. Now, they would see the signs of age in her body, something she couldn’t bear, or even imagine – it has been so long. 'Besides,' she thought, 'I am safe in my comfortable home.’ Yet her thoughts were torn as she realized that something essential had been lost. She wondered if the mold for the loveless life she and her husband Blake endured might be broken.

Jennifer’s emotional needs were few, yet to Blake she was complex, an obscure, shifting presence - impossible to define. In every sense that mattered, an affirmation of absence, of collective guilt for their indulgent past, a woman who filled long days lounging on the blue couch in her living room with its high vaults, broad wood paneling, and long view through French doors across the terrace to the garden. When he dared breach her domain – walls of wooden bookshelves filled with each escape she had savored, each dream she had cherished, each hero she had loved - he was an intruder. Her books were her home, the place she was most alive – she resided within their worn pages. Jennifer had become a .....Read More



POEM


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One morning you awaken too early and your life lies out

before you like a long field.


There is no husband in your living

room absorbing grounds of space like a great cottonwood.

There is no baby budding wet with needs.


The refrigerator hums and nuzzles like a warm lover.

The morning is so beautiful you want to give it away

.....Read More