Archive | Books

I write about books that interest me, and books I have published.

Collecting the strangest things

People collect the damnedest things. Actually, collecting, for the truly devoted, can become an all-consuming occupation. Often it is for some quite an irrational undertaking while for others it is inspired by love for an occupation or hobby or locale. In many cases there is no explanation for why people become collectors. The best they […]

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Women in newspapering

While newspaper work was traditionally a male dominated domain, it was by no means reserved strictly for men, and for women who got into the trade, the work was demanding, dangerous and full of adventure. It was also filled with plain everyday chores which define the life of most tradesmen and women. “Evonne Angello’s experience […]

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The original “Reader’s Digest” discovered. Was missing for over three centuries

I just came across a fascinating article which came courtesy of The Guardian newspaper. It reports on the discovery of a marvelous book which may open a world of new information for book lovers and historians alike. How exciting it would be to hold his book in hand, even though it’s contents would be locked […]

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From carnivore to vegetarian to vegan

Carrot Seeds by Kathy Coughlinhttps://www.letterpressbookpublishing.com/product/carrot-seeds/ The transition from eating meat to learning how to be a vegetarian was a slow process, but it worked and for a few years my family adjusted to the new menus I introduced to the dinner table. I had grown up on a southern Minnesota farm where I was intimately […]

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Rudolf Rocker bibliography available

Rudolf Rocker’s Nationalism and Culture offers unmatched insights into the origin, development and influence that the State has had on human culture and freedom Back in 1978 when I republished Rudolf Rocker’s magnificent Nationalism and Culture, I felt that a most useful addition to the 1947 edition would be a comprehensive bibliography to help readers locate other […]

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A South Dakota Cowboy’s Story

The open range is no longer so open, but there are still cowboys who spend their days horseback–long days herding cattle, mending fences, fixing water tanks and all the other chores that go with horse and saddle.  While he is now retired and a bit beat up from all the years he worked as a […]

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Nationalism and Culture by Rudolf Rocker–an early book review by Merritt Clifton

In sorting through some old newspapers I have collected over the years, I came across a 36-year-old issue of The Book Mart–issue #40, July/August 1980, which contained an review by Merritt Clifton of my publishing of Rudolf Rocker’s classic, Nationalism and Culture.  Those interested in the author or the book may enjoy reading Mr. Clifton’s review which […]

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Ars Poetica book

Poetry for the underdog

It’s not often when a budding poet reaches into our hearts while exploring the depths of his experiences, but that’s precisely what Nicholas Coughlin did when he took a poetry class at the University of Minnesota.   His poetry isn’t something mystical, something with cavernous meaning, something impenetrable.  It’s just poetry meant for ordinary readers.   As I […]

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