Two Novels by Madison Smartt Bell: Soldier’s Joy and Doctor Sleep

Thanks to Stona Fitch and his Concord Free Press publication of Madison Smartt Bell’s latest book of short stories, Zig Zag Wanderer, I hoarded all his published work and am making my way through them over the course of the summer. Two of his early novels, Soldier’s Joy and Doctor Sleep, I’ve just finished reading. …

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Main Theme for Kris Saknussemm’s The Humble Assessment

Last night From the Top taped a show before a live audience at SUNY/Purchase PAC’s Concert Hall with the astonishing National Youth Orchestra of the USA, under the direction of David Robertson. In the next couple of weeks, audiences in many of the major summer festivals will have reason to celebrate the superb musicianship and …

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