Chip Smith

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Republican Party Animal, by David Cole, Feral House, Port Townsend, WA, 2014, 319 pp. Chip Smith The cover of David Cole's Republican Party Animal Republican Party Animal is a layered chronicle of David Cole’s short but storied public career as a “Jewish Holocaust denier” and of his equally unlikely “second …

Hilary Evans, M.A., and Robert Bartholomew, Ph.D., Outbreak! The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior, Anomalist Books, 2009. 784 pp.   Hilary Evans is a British historian and a prolific author who has written dozens of books on subjects ranging from Victorian private life to flying saucers. Robert Bartholomew is an …

There’s no chance I’ll get this right. To begin with, I keep getting stuck on the thought of Barney Rosset reading Henry Miller for the first time. That’s a bad start. I know just how it sounds. Next, I think of such times when I’ve been asked about my favorite …

By Hilary Evans, M.A. and Robert Bartholomew, Ph.D. Anomalist Books, 2009. 784 pp. Hilary Evans is a British historian and a prolific author who has written dozens books on subjects ranging from Victorian private life to flying saucers. Robert Bartholomew is an accredited sociologist and a recognized authority on collective …

by Melissa Katsoulis, Skyhorse Publishing, 328 pages, 2009. When I was a kid, I looked forward to visiting my father on weekends. He would pick me up after school on Fridays, and we would usually head over to Shoney’s or the local bowling alley where Dad would drink cup after …

Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, by Nicholson Baker. Simon & Schuster Inc., New York, 2008. 576 pp. bibliography, indexed. Nested near the end of Nicholson Baker’s first book, The Mezzanine, is an oddly memorable scene. Set apart from the novel’s famously annotated escalator …