From Editor Gordon Hauptfleisch:
I'm always on the lookout for a good mystery or police procedural series. Howard Dratch's review of Acqua Alta by Donna Leon introduced more fully a writer I haven't read, and brought to vivid life an intriguing mystery story and promising series that is - and this is the clincher - character driven. Indeed, as described by Howard, it doesn't seem that it will take much effort and just a short amount of time before I, too, can "settle into the comfort of characters already known to me, who I like and who will only become better known." The exotic setting in Venice doesn't hurt either. Plus we get a lesson in art forgery — I'm always looking for a new hobby, too.
No picks this week.
From Culture Editor Diana Hartman:
Dave Nalle poignantly cites the productive differences between environmentalism and conservationism, between do-gooders and those who do good in Earth Day vs. Arbor Day.
From Politics Editor Dave Nalle:
Off the Road: Train Travel Could Be a Delight by Sean Aqui
A nice personal reminder of what we have lost by letting our rail system fail our nation.
A Child's Dreams, A Man's Nightmares by Paul Jordan, Sr.
A heartfelt consideration of the conflicting thoughts a father faces when his son wants to join the military in a time of war.
From Asst. Politics Editor Mark Schannon:
Nine Days Observing the Sick Old Man of Europe by Tom Donelson
Interesting on-site view of some the problems plaguing Europe and Europe's seeming inability to address them.
From Sports Editor Matthew T. Sussman:
Jerry Koosman, The Most Underrated Pitcher of His Era by Sal Marinello
A coherent statistical argument + praise of a left-handed pitcher = money in my book.
From Gaming Editor Ken Edwards:
PC Game Review: Deimos Rising by W.E. Wallo
A PC port of a Mac game? You don't see that much. Deimos Rising is a an entertaining vertical-scrolling shooter that brings back fond memories of yesteryear.