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MEN, WOMEN AND SACRED SITES OF THE SIOUX NATION

A vivid photo essay revealing in words and pictures the heritage and modern social and political currents of the Sioux Nation. Photographer Doll (Fine Arts/Creighton Univ.) has recorded the faces and personal stories of 60 members of the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota tribes living on the tribal lands of South Dakota. Doll's book portrays individuals—lawyers, doctors, ranchers, artisans, tribal council leaders, medicine men, political activists—each uniquely contributing to the preservation and furtherance of his or her culture. Several recurrent themes emerge: the problems of alcoholism, the nascent ambitions for economic development, the pressing need for young people to find their cultural roots, and the insistent demand that the federal government return the sacred lands of the Black Hills. Not overly edited, the words of these people convey a range of feelings from patience to anger, and the tribespeople place varying degrees of emphasis on spiritual and economic problems, but this is befitting a people who are not monolithic in their thoughts or their talents. Doll's photographs show Indian people in traditional pow-wow garb, in suits and ties, on horseback amid the splendor of the Black Hills, surrounded by craftwork in their studios or seated in front of television sets. A much-decorated Vietnam War veteran crouches next to his small son in a field, his khaki shirt emblazoned with an ``Airborne'' insignia. An official of a tribal gaming organization stands backlit by the garish neon of a casino sign: ``Tribal gaming is the new buffalo,'' he says. A writer sits contemplatively on a small hill in some woodlands: ``There seems to be a contemporary reliance upon the ritual life which is...as much a crutch as the bottle was,'' she deplores. Some very striking pictures of sacred sites open this book; one wishes that Doll had included more. He has thoughtfully added a chart of tribes of the Sioux Nation. A rich and rewarding panoply of words and images of this resurgent people. (75 color photos; map; glossary)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1994

ISBN: 0-517-59049-X

Page Count: 160

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1994

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

SEVERAL SHORT SENTENCES ABOUT WRITING

New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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