Monthly Archives: April 2012

A Tourist in Sudan—Intrigue, Duplicity and Murder

The Sudan has oil for sale; it sells oil primarily to Asian countries, among them China. What if, instead, the sales went to Europe? Or to the U.S.? In Olen Steinhauer’s espionage tale The Tourist (book 1 of the Milo … Continue reading

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Pulitzer Prize: Indecision, Waffling Second to None

Joseph Pulitzer is shown here in a pensive mood. In the background is the Medallic Art Co. medal that is awarded to winners of the Pulitzer Prize. What would Joseph Pulitzer think of the indecision on the part of the … Continue reading

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Love, Murder and Ritual Execution: Atwood and Homer Telling the Tale

Odysseus’ boat riding the waves of Penelope’s flowing hair, illustration by Sarah Burgess Cherry. Once upon a time, in the tiny island kingdom of Ithaca off the coast of Greece, Penelope ruled while her husband Odysseus was away: first he … Continue reading

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