A blow-by-blow account by veteran Village Voice writer Hornung of the recent upheaval on Mohawk lands in New York and Canada, which culminated in the 1990 takeover by Mohawks of a major bridge into Montreal. Although the roots of the conflict are centuries old—the product of confinement on tiny reservations where rivalries and tensions can only intensify—for Hornung the chronology of events begins in 1987 with the seizure by N.Y. State Police of slot machines in casinos operating on the Awkwesasne reservation. This intervention by nontribal authorities, and others that followed, brought Mohawks supporting and opposing the gambling activity into confrontation—a situation exacerbated by a militant third group, the Warriors, whose position against any encroachment on native sovereignty allied them with the pro-casino faction. Roadblocks, armed displays, vandalism, and riots, and the shooting down of a National Guard helicopter ensued, with two Mohawks killed in a particularly fierce firefight in the spring of 1990. Meanwhile, Kanesatake Mohawks opposed to the expansion of a golf course onto a tribal burial ground on the outskirts of Montreal erected a barricade on the site, with their defiance increasing after an armed assault by Quebec police in which one trooper died. Seizing the Mercier Bridge, the Kanesatake Mohawks forced a tense, month- long standoff in which the Canadian Army replaced the police and were ready to move in if negotiations failed. With an agreement forged, the roadblocks fell, but Mohawk resisters, including many Awkwesasne Warriors and their lawyer, were arrested. Remarkable for letting the parties involved speak for themselves, though long on daily events and short on analysis; still, this is a good reporter's view from the scene of another sorry chapter in Native American history.

Pub Date: April 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-679-41265-4

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Pantheon

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 1992

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


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



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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