Cincinnati writer Dale Patrick Brown says, in her lively new book Literary Cincinnati,the
city “can point to an impressive literary history, but rarely does.”
Brown proceeds to remedy the situation with eminently readable accounts
of literary figures, homegrown and visiting.
Although gardeners have always been drawn
to the exotic, the authors of this book encourage exactly the opposite
approach and eye non-native plants as encroachers. As gardeners
themselves, this husband and wife team has transformed their own grounds
from a traditional mixture of naturalized and native plants to one that
harbors only natives to the benefit of birds, butterflies, bees and
Basil Balian was growing up in Iraq, everybody was reading a series of
19th century over-the-top stories of dark deeds and derring-do by a
French writer, Pierre Alexis Ponson du Terrail. Rocambole, the unlikely
hero of these tales, moves from bad guy to good guy in the course of
numerous books charting his story.
If you are an orderly person, your first
stop on descending the stairs to see the current installations in the
Weston Art Gallery’s lower rooms will be the tiny viewing area just to
the right of the staircase. There, Clara Crockett’s “Theatre
Lilliputiens,” five brief films with a total running time of 20 minutes,
prepare us for the world of her small, meticulous drawings.