The minor-key sound of the Middle East was long embedded in the Balkans and carried westward by the Crusaders, eventually making its way to Appalachia with the earliest British settlers. Meanwhile it traveled to the Islamic kingdoms of West Africa and was transported to the New World with the slaves . . .
The setting of Russell Banks’ latest thriller, pre-World War II Europe, suggests a tale of grand historical intrigue, but Banks is too much of a seasoned purist to fall back on post-Da Vinci Code cliches.
I’m Art Kumbalek and man oh manischewitz what a world, ain’a? And so another holiday season comes to a close—for most of you’s, but not for me, no sir. As I’ve said many times before, for a guy like me everyday’s just another focking holiday, I kid you not.