Letter to the Reader:


Angst



To be honest, I am often filled these days with a vague sense of uneasiness, almost bordering on dread, about the future of this country. Mistrust and fear seems to be everywhere.

As I daily go into Midtown Manhattan to work on the Neworld Review and walk through a crowded and bustling Penn Station, the New York State National Guard, and countless police agencies are everywhere, often with iron helmets and nasty looking automatic weapons that I have not seen since my Army days.

They have become just another part of the carefully choreographed tourist town New York City has become.

So is it any wonder that when these millions of wide-eyed, slow moving, often overweight folks from every corner of America go back home, that some of them start wondering-- after seeing all of those menacing guns, and quietly sensing a barely detectable, suppressed, undercurrent of dread and deep fear-- if even our President is secretly out to get us?

The upcoming election only promises to make things worse, no matter who wins. As machines and technology replace people, and jobs and personal connections threaten to disappear, all those exciting Hollywood Sic-Fi movies of doom and gloom seem  almost understated.

***

The first truly emphatic conservative backlash to this often overwhelming, bewildering new world was what brought on 9/11; and now, much of our collective angst stems directly from that bold attack, and has unleashed forces we had thought were long bottled up. This is turning into a watershed event, with much longer term ramifications than we care to reckon with; a grim welcome, if you will, to the 21st Century.

Those 19 young Muslins changed the world in ways we are still trying to understand.

As we approach the tenth anniversary of this horrific event, Neworld Review’s Director of Photography, Kara Fox, wisely sought out someone who was there, and recorded on film some of what happened that day.

To complement Kara’s efforts, I eagerly agreed to have Contributing Writer Michael Carey review Dennis Smith’s new book, A Decade of Hope, Stories of Grief and Endurance From 9/11 Families and Friends.

Taken together, they paint a portrait that is already seared forever in the minds of most Americans, and indeed, the world’s, imagination.

***

I will let the rest of this special issue speak for itself. And please, write me a letter sometime. I really would like to hear from you.

Fred Beauford

Editor-in-Chief
/Publisher



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Neworld Review
Vol. 4 No 24 - 2011

Editor-in-Chief
/Publisher

Fred Beauford

Online Managing Editor

Richard D. O'Brien

Managing Editor

Margaret Johnstone

Art Director

Bernie Rollins

Director of Photography

Kara Fox


Contributing Writers


Jane M McCabe: History
Janet Garber
Loretta H. Campbell
Herb Boyd
Sarah Vogelsong
Barbara Snow
Sally Cobau
Michael Carey
Brenda M. Greene
Jan Alexander
Jill Noel Shreve
Madeleine Mysko
Lindsey Peckham: Art Beat
Molly Moynahan: A Writers' World

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.

All correspondence to:

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Neworld Review
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This Month's Articles

REVIEWING

Silver Sparrow

by Tayari Jones


Reviewed by Loretta H. Campbell


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Birds Without Feathers

This is a brave book. It addresses an issue that few books, fiction or non-fiction, broach--that of children fathered by married men outside their marriages. The problem’s affect on Black families warrants at least one sociological study.

Jones, author of Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling, centers her story primarily on the daughters inside and outside of the marriage in question. Although the perspective of the mothers is given, it doesn’t get the in-depth treatment of their girls. Dana, the “outside” daughter and the main narrator, is pitiable from the outset. “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist. He was already married ten years when he first clamped eyes on [Gwen] my mother.”

All her life, Dana has lived in the shadows of her father’s marriage. Her very existence is a secret. Her life is part denial, part farce. James is not a part of her family, even though.....Read More


REVIEWING

Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life

by Evan Hughes


Reviewed by Fred Beauford


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On the Waterfront

I have a confession to make that might just shock some of you old time readers of this magazine, given my ongoing, shameless display of Bronx chauvinism, and my obvious distaste and love of bashing Brooklyn every chance I get.

In the army, as a teenage wise guy from New York City, I strutted about like a young peacock, grabbing my crouch at every chance, and talked much trash and acted like the know-it-all I still am.

I told all the guys I was from Brooklyn, trying my best to talk out of the side of my mouth, as they looked on at me in slightly baffled amusement.

For some reason, Brooklyn just sounded more badass than being from the unsung Bronx, with only the white shoe Yankees to brag about.

There, it’s finally off my chest, and I feel.....Read More



PORTFOLIO

Portfolio: Eric O’Connell’s moments in Hell

by Kara Fox


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Early, Sept 11, 2001. The shrill ring of the telephone broke the peaceful silence of the morning...”Mom, the worst thing that ever happened in our lifetime...hurry...turn on the television!”

I stumbled, phone in hand, just in time to see the explosion of the second iconic twin tower in NYC. From that day forward I knew our country would never again be the same. 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of that tragic event which changed forever the complexion of our beloved United States.

.....Read More



Letters to the Editor

Dear Fred:



I read with great interest Fred Beauford’s latest excerpt from his novel, The African Gentleman and the Plot. It brought to mind much of what I have experienced (without the whips and chains, of course) with online dating. Here are some examples:

He Lied


Relationships have come into play in ways that surprise, delight and sometimes startle me. I am referring to the romantic variety that has woven their way into and out of my life. For a few years now I’ve planted myself on some internet dating sites.

Oh my God! I’ve developed skills, tactics, lines and innuendos that could make my children blush or declare they were orphans. I now speak “cool” and can instant message with three people faster than I ever typed at work.

My last adrenaline rush developed just after I sent a virtual “wink” to a guy who wrote in his profile that he is passionate, romantic, the best kisser in the world, loves to....Read More



REVIEWING

A Decade of Hope

by Dennis Smith with Deirdre Smith


Reviewed by Michael Carey


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The Koenig Sphere stood in the plaza of the World Trade Center for thirty years. It was conceived as a symbol of world peace. After being damaged in the attacks of September 11, 2001, but still standing, the sculpture “endures as an icon of hope and the indestructible spirit of this country.” Dennis Smith’s A Decade of Hope is a tribute to that hope and spirit.

9/11 can’t be mentioned without most Americans, and many people around the world, thinking about the destruction of the World Trade Center or where they were when it happened. I was a freshman in college. For most of my college career, I started class at 8 am CT, so I was probably walking to class when the North Tower was hit. I was unaware that our nation was under attack until I arrived at some friends’ apartment afterwards to find....Read More



REVIEWING

Wendy and the Lost Boys

by Julie Salamon


Reviewed by Janet Garber


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Poor Little Rich Girl OR Wendy’s Tangled Web

Like my favorite 19th century poet and man-about-town, Robert Browning, Wendy Wasserstein went out every night of the week to one party or another, and captivated all with her wit, intelligence and warmth, while creating a web of friends, acquaintances and contacts in the theater world that became her lifeblood.

When she mysteriously died at age 55, the over 1500 people who mourned at her funeral shuddered to think that there was so much they never really understood about her; so much, by design that she kept hidden: the seriousness of her failing health, the paternity of the child she bore at age 48, and the consequences of betraying her in even small ways.

 How was it possible for this playwright, who found humor and universality in her family’s considerable foibles and freely mined them for her material while ....Read More



ART BEAT

Art Beat- August 2011

by Lindsey Peckham


Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum


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I am an unabashed Rodin super fan. As such, I was thrilled to hear that the Brooklyn Museum has twelve sculptures by the French master, and the exhibit certainly doesn't disappoint. On display are works from some of his most famous commissions of all time, including the Gates of Hell (the original of which, in the Rodin Museum, is in itself well worth the plane ticket to Paris) and the Burghers of Calais.

If you've never seen a Rodin sculpture in person before, it is truly a magnificent experience. Praising the level of detail involved is one thing, but ...Read More

A WRITER'S WORLD

My junket: Chicago-London-Brussels-Luxembourg-London in three days!

by Molly Moynahan


Junket:


1. A dessert made from flavored milk and rennet.

2. A party, banquet, or outing.

3. A trip or tour, especially:

a. One taken by an official at public expense.

b. One taken by a person who is the guest of a business or agency seeking favor or patronage.

I’m going to choose 3b. At the end of June, a friend who works for a prominent international steel company called and asked if I’d be available for a whirlwind, all-expenses paid, 5-star hotel, business class trip to Europe to see and publicize a new installation/building designed by the famous architect Anish Kapoor.

The Orbit Sculpture

“The Orbit” was the winning entry in a competition to design and produce a sculpture that would be an iconic centerpiece for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and act as an accessible work of sustainable public art. When completed, Kapoor’s Orbit will stand over 115 meters tall; 22 meters higher than the Statue of Liberty, 19 meters higher than Big Ben, and considerably shy of the Eiffel Tower, the 340 meter high building to which the Orbit is already drawing comparisons.

....Read More



REVIEWING

Carthage Must be Destroyed—The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization

by Richard Miles


Reviewed by Jane M McCabe


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Although I didn’t see all the places on my wish list to visit—Istanbul’s San Sophia or the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, to name a few—I did see Carthage. To see the ruins of this once great, ancient city was on my itinerary when I visited North Africa during the summer of 2004.

The tragic story of how this lovely and powerful country, situated on the southern Mediterranean coast of what is now Tunisia, was destroyed in 146 BC by the Romans stirred my imagination--they literally salted the ground so that it could never rise again.

Knowing how pitiless was their destruction, I expected that Carthage would be a place of desolation, but such was not the case. Carthage was built on an isthmus made up of a series of sandstone hills that jut into the sea. From Tunis, the modern capital of Tunisia, one can take a train to Cap Bon, a pretty town of white-washed villas covered with bougainvillea, perched at its northern-most point, and then travel south along the eastern seaboard through Roman ruins .....Read More



NOVEL

The African Gentleman


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


A Novel by Fred Beauford


Chapters 30-31


30

When you have a girlfriend as smart as Gladys, you start feeling grateful, while slightly intimated. Knowing her these past few months has turned out well, because it has greatly improved, and made my life much more interesting, not to mention the hot sex and heady, provocative reading. One thing, however, I quickly learned about her was that she was not very talkative. Lucky for me I have the African DNA of yakety yak. Only the mighty Irish come close to us.

I could have been a mean rapper if I had been born 40 years ago; or Othello, if I had been born 400 years before that.

Gladys once gave me a hint as to why she kept whatever it was that was percolating inside of that highly fertile mind so close to her inner self.

I had praised her, something I loved doing because she reacted so well to compliments, especially concerning her work as a novelist.

In the spirit of full disclosure, when I made my carefully placed compliment, I was looking forward to.....Read More



REVIEWING

Maine

by J. Courtney Sullivan


Reviewed by Sally Cobau


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One More Book for a Summer Read

Ahhh, summer reading… Although time is ticking away and the crunch of leaves is near, you can still think it’s summer and indeed, technically it still is.  You don’t have to be too serious or showoff-ish for summer reading.  It’s a time to exchange Proust for mysteries, true crime, or my favorite indulgence, “chick-lit,” although I never really known what qualifies for this category.  If a book has well-crafted .....Read More



REVIEWING

White Heat

by M. J. McGrath


Reviewed by Sarah Vogelsong


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One of the most striking aspects of M. J. McGrath’s White Heat is how strangely Viking Press has chosen to market it. The first curious decision is the book’s designation as a novel. The second is its elegant cover depicting the silhouette of an Inuit woman in a large fur coat, the image smudged and fraying at the edges. The third is the selection of quotes that litter the back cover and dust jacket, the most hyperbolic of which informs potential readers that “once in a blue moon a book comes along that exposes the world to us in a new light, makes us question everything: who we are, what we think we know, our beliefs and values, even the nature and purpose of our existence. White Heat is such a book. Seek it out and bask in it.”           The author of this testimonial is one James Thompson, the writer of something called Lucifer’s Tears.

Given such glowing reviews, I think I can be forgiven for having expected a psychological tour de force of a novel. Unfortunately, after completing White Heat, instead of questioning the nature and purpose of my existence, I was left pondering what sort of fragile emotional state Mr. Thompson was in to be so deeply affected by a book in which the author actually.....Read More