Hawaii sometimes seems a tropical maiden affianced to the staid and temperate continental United States. But as surfing journalist Chas Smith makes clear, the beautiful maiden's moods and whims can also be poisonous and operatic.
In the genre of "books tallying mammoth heroic self-imposed feats" comes William B. Helmreich's engaging account of how he logged 6,000 miles on foot through all the boroughs of NYC, accumulating many insights into the eternal, multi-ethnic metropolis.
This new English translation of Della Casa’s 1558 treatise on Renaissance politesse delights and informs with its enduring relevance – i.e., not clipping one’s nails at dinner - and its sharp commentary on conformity and societal laws.
March 7: "Corporate America now desperately needs the powers associated with the poetic imagination not only to see its way through the present whirligig of change, but also, because poetry asks for accountability..."