A Letter From The Editor


There is so much of note in this issue that I don’t quite know where to begin. Smart, insightful writers from all over the country have suddenly flocked to our pages. My mind has still not quite wrapped itself around the reasons why, although theories abound amongst my staff.

One thread was the one suggested in Senior Editor Herb Boyd’s open letter. We live in deadly serious times. Almost everyone I know, express their worries about war, terrorism, joblessness, doomsday and countless other phobias.


What Herb suggested quite forcefully, was that we need serious thinkers now more than ever. Throughout our history as humans, many thinkers have said things that people did not want to hear, and for their efforts they were often burned at the stake, hanged, beheaded, ostracized, exiled, or thrown into a dark, dank hole for the rest of their lives.

This is a long, time-honored tradition, and a rite of passage for thinkers of every race and culture.

But in our modern, media-driven society, where almost everyone believes they can get that magic fifteen minutes of fame that Andy Warhol once promised them, have our thinkers also succumbed to this siren call?

If so, then who is going to warn us? Who will get beyond fame and fortune, and the deafening noise that accompanies it, And thereby reveal to us the truth, and give us suggestions as to how we should move forward?

The issues Boyd raised are serious indeed, and I hope our eggheads pay attention to his warnings and quit the grandstanding, and waving to the crowds.

But enough of theories! I just want to welcome my new writers, and thank you, dear reader, for picking us up. And, if you have a letter to write, I am here for you.

Fred Beauford


Neworld Review
Vol. 2 No 8 - 2009


Fred Beauford

Art Director

Bernie Rollins

Managing Editor

Margaret Johnstone


Jan Alexander

Senior Editor

Herb Boyd

Online Managing Editor

Richard D. O'Brien

Contributing Editors

Jane M McCabe: books
Rona Edwards:film
Loretta Campbell
Brenda M. Greene
Sarah Vogelsong
Jill Noel Shreve
Janet Garber
Sally Cobau
Katherine Tomlinson
Ken Liebeskind
Andrea Janov
Jamie Metrick

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This Month's Articles


Searching for Tina Turner

by Jacqueline E. Luckett

Reviewed by Jill Noel Shreve

How much of yourself will you give away? And when you realize there’s none of you left, what will you do to get yourself back? In her first novel, Searching for Tina Turner, Jacqueline E. Luckett asks her reader these two questions through the .....Read More

Open Letter

An Open letter to an old friend on The Perils of Celebrity

by Herb Boyd

For more than a score of years Dr. Cornel West has been among the nation’s leading public intellectuals—black, white or otherwise. His bona fides have earned him a heavy five-figure payday for a two-hour lecture across the planet, and the demand is such that he confesses that he has yet to spend a weekend in Princeton, where he’s a professor of .....Read More



by Robero Bolano

Reviewed by Sarah Vogelsong

Roberto Bolano is a difficult writer to grasp, both in terms of what he wrote and who he was. During his life, his relative insignificance on the literary scene outside Latin America prevented the gathering of any biographical details beyond the major facts of birth, marriage, and dates of publication. When his first major work, The Savage Detectives, was published in English in 2007, Bolaño gained a cult following, but it wasn’t until the English version of 2666 published in...Read More


The Walk

An essay by Fred Beauford

As I began my walk, a sudden, uncontrolled thought entered my mind. It made me feel all at once happy to be alive; and, in a moment of outright conceit, I was more than happy that I was an old somebody (admittedly literary), rather than an old nobody.

This day, for reasons so far unknown, I was profoundly grateful for that important fact of life.

This long walk is something I have been doing for years. For me, ....Read More


Railroads in the Old South: Pursuing Progress in a Slave Society

by Aaron Marrs

Reviewed by Dr. Owen Brown and Dr. Gale E. Gibson

The railroads occupy an iconic place in the historiography of America’s development, from a predominantly agrarian society to an industrial powerhouse. The construction of railroads across America played an integral role in moving goods and people, and in the process, revolutionized inter and intra-state commerce. Additionally, it reduced the social distance between the cities of the Northeast and the emerging cities along the Mississippi River, such as St. Louis, Memphis, and New.....Read More


Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong

by Terry Teachout

Reviewed by Ken Liebeskind

New biography doesn’t spare criticism of America’s foremost trumpeter

Louis Armstrong was “a black man born at the turn of the century in the poorest quarter of New Orleans, who, by the end of his life, was known and loved in every corner of the earth,” Terry Teachout writes near the beginning of Pops, the new biography of Armstrong that doesn’t completely tarnish the notion of the well loved Armstrong, but challenges it with lucid depictions of the criticism that was directed.....Read More


Inherent Vice

by Thomas Pynchon

Reviewed by Katherine Tomlinson

Thomas Pynchon’s new novel finds the author in a playful mood. At 384 pages (roughly one-third the size of his last book, 2006’s Against the Day), Inherent Vice has a narrative that’s contained in both plot and place. As a result, Inherent Vice may very well be a gateway novel to the writer’s earlier work, a sort of literary amuse bouche before a reader digs into the narrative feast that is.....Read More


Lies My Mother Never Told Me

by Kaylie Jones

Reviewed by Andrea Janov

After I finished reading Kaylie Jones’ memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me, I tried to answer the question that most people ask when they finish a book: “What is this book telling me?” Usually this question is easy, but in this memoir, Jones touches on many intriguing topics: her famous father, best selling novelist James Jones, who wrote From Here To Eternity, his literary legacy and....Read More


The Last Song

by Nicholas Sparks

Review By Jessica Lyons

Nicholas Sparks has done it again. With his latest novel, The Last Song, he constructs a riveting tale centering on the protagonist, Ronnie, a teenage girl who butts heads with her mother and muddles her way through life. She’s a magnet for trouble, has given up on playing the music she used to love, and can’t seem to recover from her.....Read More


The Anthologist

by Nicholson Baker

Reviewed by Jamie Metrick

It is the sad truth that in these modern times, writers have figured out how to lead a (somewhat) healthy, rewarding life and still be a published author. But without an abusive father like Tennyson, or a life marred by death, like Edgar Allen Poe, or the mental illness and suicide of Vachel Lindsay, how can one expect lasting praise and fame? Nicholson Baker's The Anthologist plays....Read More


The Year of the Flood

by Margaret Atwood

Extinctathon Revisited
Do humans deserve a second chance?

Reviewed by Janet Garber

Interspersed in this compelling tale of the last humans’ survival in a post-apocalyptic world are dopey, goofy, frankly godawful sermons by God’s Gardeners, a nutty-crunchy, tree-hugging religious sect. Vegetarians who dress in shapeless recycled shmattes raise crops and honey bees on a squatters’ building rooftop, school their kids in the lifesaving qualities of maggots .....Read More


Anna In-Between

by Elizabeth Nunez

No (Wo)Man Is an Island

Loretta H. Campbell

“We are the ones they could not break. We are the progeny of the ones they had to leave behind on the islands, the ones they could not tame for Georgia, the ones who refused to die.” --Anna In-Between

Anna the main character in this exemplary novel says this about her ancestors the West Indians, descendants of slaves, who have forged freedom and a new race in the Caribbean. Elizabeth Nunez, author of the superlative Bruised Hibiscus, sets....Read More


Why Women Have Sex

Understanding Sexual Motivations from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between)

by Cindy M. Meston and David M. Buss

Reviewed By Elizabeth Sher

A Long Winded Research Project About the Physiology and Psychology of Female Sexual Behavior.

The authors are both psychology professors from the University of Texas, Austin. Cindy Meston, PhD, and David M. Buss, PhD, offer insights into female sexuality from their extensive research. Why Women Have Sex is a book of research project results that are based on new research, including previous researches from the authors. The geographical areas surveyed in this research include women in the United States, Belgium, France and Italy. Why Women Have Sex appears to have been inspired by the classic 1966 Masters and Johnson’s book, The Human Sexual Response. The authors,....Read More