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January 25th, 2014
thesmithian

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art: Untitled photograph by Carrie Mae Weems, 1990

January 4th, 2014
thesmithian

'Where alcohol replaced trusting relationships as a coping mechanism for teenagers who grew up to be alcoholics, so too are the positive affirmations we get from social media and the virtual relationships we maintain replacing real trusting relationships as coping mechanisms. A side effect could be a generation that struggles to find happiness and fulfillment even more than the generations that preceded them.'

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November 21st, 2013
thesmithian

South Koreans’ average alcohol consumption rate per person was just below the average…among developed nations…

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July 10th, 2013
thesmithian

…a…period from the end of slavery to the failure of Reconstruction, when blacks and whites in Atlanta…were negotiating, wrangling and vying for various iterations of temperance, from prohibition to anti-prohibition…uncovers not only the role that race played in this period, but that religion and region (the North’s relationship to the South) played as well.

more, plus an audio interview with the author, here.

…a…period from the end of slavery to the failure of Reconstruction, when blacks and whites in Atlanta…were negotiating, wrangling and vying for various iterations of temperance, from prohibition to anti-prohibition…uncovers not only the role that race played in this period, but that religion and region (the North’s relationship to the South) played as well.

more, plus an audio interview with the author, here.

July 6th, 2013
thesmithian

Blake’s…2012 novel, “Country of the Bad Wolfes”…introduced the epic history of the fictional Wolfe family, a Mexican-American clan with a penchant for troublemaking and crime…“The Rules of Wolfe”…jumps ahead a century or so to 2004, when 19-year-old Eddie Gato Wolfe, working as a security guard at one of the pleasure ranches of a drug cartel, seduces (and is seduced by) a kidnapped Mexican beauty, kills her captor and flees for the border…despite the violent nature of his protagonists, they are nearly always thinkers…Mr. Blake said…“All my characters are intelligent,” he said. “I’ve never been interested in alcoholics, druggies or crazy people, because they are not exercising free will.”

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Blake’s…2012 novel, “Country of the Bad Wolfes”…introduced the epic history of the fictional Wolfe family, a Mexican-American clan with a penchant for troublemaking and crime…“The Rules of Wolfe”…jumps ahead a century or so to 2004, when 19-year-old Eddie Gato Wolfe, working as a security guard at one of the pleasure ranches of a drug cartel, seduces (and is seduced by) a kidnapped Mexican beauty, kills her captor and flees for the border…despite the violent nature of his protagonists, they are nearly always thinkers…Mr. Blake said…“All my characters are intelligent,” he said. “I’ve never been interested in alcoholics, druggies or crazy people, because they are not exercising free will.”

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