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Did you know that Thomas Merton wrote a book about Native Americans?

Ishi Means Man
Thomas Merton

Paperback Reprint: Paulist Press, 2015
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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Ishi, the last member of the Yahi, a group of the Yana of California. Widely acclaimed in his time as the “last wild Indian” in America, Ishi lived most of his life completely outside modern culture. (Wikipedia)

In the title essay of Merton’s book, he reflects of the genocidal tendencies of modernity.  Here are the opening pages of that essay…
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Today is the Birthday of Will Campbell, noted preacher and Civil Rights activist. He would have been 90.

If you don’t know who Will Campbell was, then I highly recommend this online documentary

*** Books by Will Campbell

This video features Campbell reading a scene from his novel PROVIDENCE, followed by a song by noted songwriter Ken Medema.
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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods: A Novel
By Matt Bell

Read a review from The Rumpus


Love this poem, which provides a helpful perspective on Columbus Day…

Columbus Day

Jimmie Durham

(Cherokee Poet)

Excerpted below from:

Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race
Jim Daniels, Editor
Paperback: Wayne State UP, 1995.
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