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 V.13 No.43 | October 21 - 27, 2004 

Speed Reader

To the Stars

L. Ron Hubbard
Galaxy Press
hardcover
$24.95

He might be the inventor of one of the world's lamest pseudo-religions, Scientology, but at least L. Ron Hubbard can boast that he created some of the finest sci-fi of the 20th century. Aficionados claim that To the Stars—which was originally published in 1950 in the pulp zine Astounding Science Fiction and has just been released for the first time in book form—is one of Hubbard's best.

Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?

Harold Bloom
Riverhead Books
hardcover
$25.95

Once again the world's most voluminous defender of Western literature dives headfirst into the canon to explain why Homer, Plato, Cervantes, Shakespeare and the rest of that select fraternity matter. Bloom knows better than anyone how to make this kind of argument riveting.

Janet and Me

Stan Mack
Simon and Schuster
paper
$14

Cartoonist Stan Mack has created a moving and improbably hilarious memoir of his love affair with Janet Bode, detailing her horrific battle with breast cancer. An unflinching illustrated look at the misery of watching a loved one die.

Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer

Ann Rule
Free Press
hardcover
$26

Gary Ridgeway murdered over 49 young women, terrorizing the Seattle area for over two decades. Ann Rule followed the case since the early '80s and has transformed her research into this darkly fascinating true crime account of the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history.

Tomorrow's Events

When the regional Mexican government violently put down a peaceful teacher’s strike in Oaxaca de Juárez in 2006, the brutality of the police inspired a group of artists in the community to form themselves into a collective called the Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca (ASARO) to protest the bloodshed. Two current exhibits in Albuquerque showcase their work. One exhibit at the National Hispanic Cultural Center was curated by the University Libraries and Learning Sciences Curator of Latin American and Iberian Collections Suzanne Schadl and her graduate student Michael de la Rosa. One at the Herzstein Gallery on the second floor of Zimmerman Library on the UNM campus was curated by graduate student Megan Jirón. She writes “Unlike the European or Anglo-American perspective, Mexico’s inhabitants embrace death. They confront it with a sense of playfulness, defiance and acceptance.”

Above the East China Sea at Bookworks

Unseen Forces at Stranger Factory

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