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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Entertainment: Books

Re: “On the joy of reading Stephen King's forgotten fairytale

This has always been my very favorite of Stephen Kings books, and I didn't know if anyone else was as enchanted with it as I was. Thank you for reminding me to read it to my grandchildren. Thy are sure to love it as much as I do.

Posted by puckfouse on 09/28/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Ted McDermott finds his way back to fiction with The Minor Outsider

McDermott lived in Normal, IL for a stint in his 20s. He grew up in Columbia, SC.

Posted by John E. on 06/22/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Talking Ursus arctos, from Glacier to Gobi, with Whitefish biologist Doug Chadwick

Grizzly bears and gobi bears are both a brown bear based on DNA. The grizzly bear got it's name from trappers, Native Americans and Lewis & Clark and their created folklore. The name "grizzly" originally was given to brown bears in the lower 48 states and parts of Canada. Writers and bear specialists gradually started called the brown bear, found in the interior of North America, a grizzly bear. The bear is still properly a brown bear, which is the most common bear species in the world.

Marketing has distorted what is and what is not a grizzly bear. Promoters of TV shows, for example Timothy Tredwell, constantly refer to the coastal brown bear as a grizzly bear. This confused the public. If you were to go to Europe and told the residents that they had grizzly bears, they wouldn't understand you were talking about what they'd call a brown bear.

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Posted by Chuck Bartlebaugh on 02/24/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Test of time

James Lee Burke is a dear friend to me even though we have never met. His writing resonates wih my Southern White Man ways and education and regard for the fairer sex. Enjoyed your noble authorship since I turned 16 years old and now I am 62 and counting on your contant friengship. Just now catching on to yout artful mind. Thank You Sir. Dr. Tom (Ret.)

Posted by Tom Baugh on 08/27/2016 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Test of time

great review. Anxiously awaiting the release of the book. Mr. Burke is one of my favorite writers. Would love to meet him.

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Posted by Martha Cramer Richitelli on 08/26/2016 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Test of time

Wonderful review Skylar. Thoroughly enjoyed! --pb

Posted by pamala burke on 08/26/2016 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Test of time

Only one quibble with this excellent article. Wayfaring Stranger and House of the Rising Sun are two of the best books I have read in a long, long time, and by the man who I consider our best living writer. But Wayfaring Stranger is actually set in 1946, not 1956.

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Posted by Rob Benjamin on 08/26/2016 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Test of time

Only one quibble with this excellent article. Wayfaring Stranger and House of the Rising Sun are two of the best books I have read in the last several years, and by the man who I consider our best living writer. But Wayfaring Stranger actually takes place in 1946, not 1956.

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Posted by Rob Benjamin on 08/26/2016 at 11:45 AM

Re: “America bound

What a thoughtful review. I'm happy to see it in The Independent. This is an important novel for Missoulians to read and discuss.

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Posted by Julie Stevenson on 06/30/2016 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Stunt course

I find posts like this to be very frustrating.

The author seems oblivious to the blatant prejudice being expressed here against people of religious faith. Identifying religious faith as the equivalent of poverty and domestic abuse?

Additionally, we have a case here of factually incorrect accusations being made against a religious minority. The Mormon church excommunicates polygamists, labels them heretics, and has since the late 1890s. There is no interaction between mainline Mormons and polygamist Mormons. There are polygamists groups in Arizona, and Alberta, but they are isolated and do not interact with mainline Mormons.

It would be like claiming the Catholic Church is responsible for the actions of Lutherans.

The implied dynamics of a mainline Mormon marrying his daughter off to a polygamist is bizarre and farcical without any connection to the actual life experience of Mormons.

Yet this is eaten up and believed. Why? Because the prejudice against Mormons is so great that lies like this delight you.

Let's cut to the truth here. Mormons are not hated because they believe in God, nor because they are devoted church goers. Mormons are hated because they reject the sexual revolution and continue to hold to a sexual morality that most people today resent because it makes them feel guilty about their choices. Mormons are hated because they say God forbids drug use.

That's why Mormons are hated.

Yet if one considers it, is refusing to use drugs evil? Is refusing to have sex before marriage evil? Why?

Ultimately the claim comes down to that you don't like being told that what you are doing is wrong. It's the resentment of a petulant child who doesn't want to be scolded. Therefor you seek the destruction of those that refuse to abandon the standards that you have abandoned. You will tell lies and slander them, because truth doesn't work to destroy them.

Articles like this do not call Mormons into judgement. They call you into judgement for your decision to spread slander about those you disagree with.

Posted by Cicero on 05/19/2016 at 4:33 PM

Re: “No doormat

Would it be a comedy if it was written with the man as the victim?

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Posted by Jo Ellen on 05/12/2016 at 3:15 AM

Re: “Eyes wide open

Thanks for your comments and for the correction on Holy the Firm, Mitchell. We made the change.
Erika Fredrickson

Posted by Erika Fredrickson on 03/28/2016 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Eyes wide open

Forgot to add: good review.

Posted by Mitchell J. Shields on 03/25/2016 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Eyes wide open

Even those familiar with Dillard (and I've been reading her since 1974) can be surprised by her. I'd always thought her deadly serious, in a philosophic way, then had the experience of hearing her live and realized that while she may indeed be dealing with subjects that are deadly serious, she's also a comedian. Going back and rereading her I find puckish humor I had original missed in the dazzle of her language. For those new to Dillard, I suggest keeping an eye out for the tongue in cheek and the joke. You'll find things it took me years to discover. Oh, and it is Holy the Firm, not The Holy Firm. Though the second does sound funnier.

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Posted by Mitchell J. Shields on 03/25/2016 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Eyes wide open

wow. you nailed it. I feel more alive just reading your review. it's clear Annie Dillard's expansive & exploratory consciousness has taken hold. in you - and now in me.

Posted by Dreaming the Future on 03/24/2016 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Heavyweight

This review completely misses the depth of the of loss and redemption. Of course, if someone expects genre hack mystery pulp, this will surely disappoint. The heavy weight champ of lyrical story and prose is at his very finest.

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Posted by Cecilia Newton on 11/25/2015 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Dog is my copilot

Great review, CLT. This one definitely goes on my list. Some day we shall share epic stories of road trips with dogs over beverages. My worst/favorite involves duct tape, iced beach towels, and trapped near death in the hell called Needles.


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Posted by Lauren on 10/16/2015 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Extra real

great stuff.

Posted by Mollyllama on 09/24/2015 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Into the woods

It's worth pointing out that while ponderosa pine pines are a very important tree specie throughout the west, they actually make up a very small percentage of total forest ecosystems, as little as 10% in most areas, and perhaps even less in Montana.

This is important to keep in mind because often times timber-industry friendly scientists and politicians make it seem as if all forest ecosystems in the west are, or were, dominated by ponderosa pine...and that's entirely false, except for a few spots in the southwest US.

Also, these same folks often make it seem as if historically all the forests of the west (not just ponderosa pine forests) burned with a high frequency, but a low intensity. That's also entirely false, as new science and research is finding every day. See this for example:…

Sure, give the book a read and learn more about ponderosa pines, but please don't think that higher elevation spruce/fir forests or many of the mid-elevation mixed confirm forests burned historically like ponderosa pine forests did. Heck, we are even finding that many ponderosa pine forests didn't burn historically like some would like us to believe.


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Posted by Matthew Koehler on 07/28/2015 at 9:58 AM

Re: “I yam what I yam

Go David! Keep up the work. You're not done yet.

Posted by annbow1 on 06/15/2015 at 1:04 PM

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