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Murder Is Our Peculiar Pastime: Fifty Notable American Crime Novels: 27-28

BY MARTIN KICH Hillerman, Tony.  Skinwalkers.  New York: Harper, 1986. The impact of Tony Hillerman’s novels featuring Navajo policemen Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn has had few precedents in the history of the mystery-detective genre.  Although Chee and Leaphorn were not the first fictional Native American detectives, no previous novel or series featuring Native Americans…

in-memoriam

In Memoriam: Gordon Aubrecht

BY MARTIN KICH Gordon Aubrecht passed away at age 73 on Monday, November 21. Gordon was the long-time President of the advocacy chapter at Ohio State University. For almost a decade, I had had contact with him through the Ohio Conference of AAUP. But our acquaintance went much farther back than that. Gordon and I…

Quotation of the Day

Quotation of the Day

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH I have been collecting pieces of the way that the arts can help us to fashion a response to disturbing political circumstances. What follows is a brief excerpt from “In the Dark Times,” a poem by Bertolt Brecht that was written in response to times much darker than our own: “In…