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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Books

Re: “Trekking the Med With Joel Stratte-McClure

Joel has a great gift for meeting local people and asking the right questions. I traveled with him in Burma; his solitary meanderings and the reports he brought back deepened the experience for all the rest of us. I value both his insights and his company--and look forward to reading anything he writes.
Dwight C

Posted by Dwight C on 03/16/2011 at 5:44 AM

Re: “Trekking the Med With Joel Stratte-McClure

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Posted by Editor on 03/15/2011 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Amy Chua Meets Her Match in Aimee Allison

I do not begrudge Chua’s right to make money off her “AHA” moment, but I do resent the way she has further propagated the stereotypical image of the “pushy” Asian parent.

I am truly fortunate to have an academically successful daughter who achieved near perfect SAT scores, and received offers from HYP. I will take credit for having given her a whole lot of support, but I am certain my parenting skills had little to do with her college acceptances. In truth, I suspect race and gender played major roles.

And yet, I was always perceived as the pushy Asian mother by her teachers, and her counselors, and by other parents as well, Asian and non-Asian alike.

I feel that most people, including Asians, simply refuse to believe that a young Asian woman can be extremely motivated on her own.

Chua and her publishers have every right to publicize her book, and they did a very good job, but it came at the expense of all the academically successful Asian students who will have an even harder time of shaking off the perception they could not have accomplished much without their tiger mothers pushing them.

Chua’s book has merely given an old stereotype a new name. Out with the pushy Asian mother. In with the roaring tiger mother. Somehow, I do not feel better.


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Posted by good chinese mother on 01/23/2011 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Amy Chua Meets Her Match in Aimee Allison

Chua didn't bother to read the research on - yes, Asian-American parenting. Done largely by people who are parents themselves, I might add. If you're interested in the real story about Asian-American parenting, guaranteed not to shock, provoke or gross you out, check out what's a little more sane at…
I'm not suggesting you present her with these facts at the upcoming event. Though I would if I didn't live a couple of hundred miles away.
The Author

Posted by MotivatedMom on 01/20/2011 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Amy Chua Meets Her Match in Aimee Allison

Laid off host for a "progressive", listener supported, local radio station takes on prominent, Ivy League law professor and nationally known author on the definition of success. Mwha-ha-ha-ha.

Posted by Lawngun on 01/20/2011 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Amy Chua Meets Her Match in Aimee Allison

regardless of intention or not, Chua's article in the WSJ (a paper owned by Rupert Murdoch) was irresponsible and a marketing ploy. I highly urge readers NOT to buy this book - or her daughter's recently published piece in, as Jeff Yang notes, another paper owned by Rupert Murdoch. While Jeff seems willing to let Chua off the hook, I strongly disagree. Chua should take responsibility for those words published under her name - but she won't cuz (according to Yang) she's gonna get more than 500Gs off the book sales. So wait for it at the secondhand book shop, support local bookstores and give a donation to your local API Mental Health Services agency or organization. And don't buy the book OR go to the book signing.

Posted by EastBayLover on 01/20/2011 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Frank Bruni's Hunger Management

So what finally worked for him?

Posted by TheGooch on 01/05/2011 at 4:24 AM

Re: “Solving Equations, Solving Crimes with Camille Minichino

Thanks to Anneli for the article -- I am stealing the phrase "lentil-size plates!"
I'd love to have her readers join the Castro Valley PL group.

Camille/Margaret/Ada Madison

Posted by Camille13 on 12/28/2010 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Being Atypical with Patrick Cotter

Great stuff, Pat - and the rest of the Cork gang! Blow them away, whether they're expecting you or not!

Posted by Afric McGlinchey on 10/04/2010 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Being Atypical with Patrick Cotter

He's a fantastic poet. I highly recommend his latest collection 'Making Music' - fabulous stuff: cheeky, crafted, unusual, great language.

Posted by Nuala Ní Chonchúir on 09/29/2010 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Suspended Sentences

I believe Marvin is innocent. I can's believe that he has spent his whole life in prison for a crime he did not commit. What kind of police department does such a shitty job of investigating. Now this many years later, their answer, WE DON'T KEEP EVIDENCE AFTER 10 YEARS. Marvin will never have a chance at life. He was awarded parole, till california's idiot govoner took it back along with 23 other people. What a crock of crap. I am a friend of the family, and they have gone through hell these many years.

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Posted by crazytraci on 09/27/2010 at 10:36 PM

Re: “With and Without

Wow- I am speechless. This article, Saturn is the Biggest Planet on Earth, has led me to Frances Lefkowitz and now I intend to pick up a copy of her book. I never thought that anyone would feel, and then write, what I have always felt on growing up poor- daughter of farm working parents who did not speak a word of English. My desire to get out of that way of life led me to UCSD. Still, the emptiness never goes away.... I feel just as poor now as I did then. Thank you Frances for zeroing in "on it."

Posted by UnaBohemia on 08/02/2010 at 12:05 PM

Re: “It's All Relative for Katherine A. Briccetti

BLOOD STRANGERS is a wonderful story of repeating family patterns, adoption, and much, much more. If you haven't read it, you should.

Author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers

Posted by Lgood67334 on 07/09/2010 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Where's the Beef?

Esselstyn and Ornish has reversed heart disease through a low-fat vegan diet. Until mainstream science pull off the same stunt (and these guys have 20+ years of peer-reviewed research behind them), Howard Lyman's views on fat are definitelly not bunk and well worth paying attention to.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, in charge of the largest study on diet in history, "The China Project," showed that animal protein is a cancer enabler.

As to the environmental degradation of factory farming, who you gonna believe, Howard and the Nobel Peace Prize winning IPC or some anonymous commenter?

Posted by BunkDeBunker on 07/03/2010 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Battle of the Bards

The information that MSBlog wanted about Amelia Bassano can be found at
It includes a 15 minute demo tv documentary. The actually documentary is scheduled to be completed in 2011.

John Hudson, 'Artistic Director, Dark Lady Players

Posted by JohnHud on 06/22/2010 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Battle of the Bards

Here are two videos on the Marlowe-as-Shakespeare theory, both my Emmy-winning filmmaker Mike Rubbo. The first link is an excerpt from his PBS/Frontline special, Much Ado About Something (available on Netflix/Amazon). The second features Rubbo interviewing Daryl Pinksen, author of Marlowe's Ghost, a recent Writer's Digest grandprize winner. My blog, by the way, features contributions from the world's leading Marlovians, and we offer a lot of current research on the theory.

Carlo DiNota

Posted by MSCblog on 06/18/2010 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Battle of the Bards

Awesome. I just saw this great video that talks about Marlowe and the authorship question:…. I never knew about Amelia Bassano.

Posted by drwily on 06/18/2010 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Battle of the Bards

Great to hear you're focusing on Marlowe . . .and Marlovian theory.

Carlo DiNota

Posted by MSCblog on 06/18/2010 at 4:36 AM

Re: “Where's the Beef?

Egawd, that comment was more full of bunk than anything Lyman came up with. Keith's book you mention is more hackneyed than anything out of Lyman's books!

The Maasai eat a plant based material that lowers their high cholesterol levels. Sorry, the meat only examples don't pan out...ever. Why do you think cardiologists put their heart-attack patients on a vegetarian diet to recover? If meat was the perfect food, why not just continue that diet in order to recover?

You are flat wrong on vegan supplementation. I'm living proof. I have been a vegan for 10 years. I am not dead. My annual blood panels show perfect levels of B vitamins, perfect protein, nothing abnormal and I do NOT supplement. Nor do I suffer from any tissue disease that Keith proselytizes in her book. I am the healthiest patient my doctor has (he has hundreds through his office at Kaiser in Southern California). Like anything in life, you have to do your research, and do it right! What's more is I have never met a militant vegan like Lierre Keith and I know dozens and dozens of vegans. In Southern California no less. If there were to be radical vegans, it would be here. Another myth, but only in Lierre Keith's old circles.

I agree with you that agriculture is killing the planet way faster than livestock grazing. BUT they go hand-in-hand. To ignore one of the two halves is ignorant of the greater problem to which they both contribute. Carbon emissions are the least of our problems. Peak soil and peak water will kill us first. Keith's book extolls the virtues of Permaculture and I agree. I am a certified Permaculture Designer and committed to it's techniques. Through Permaculture we can solve the problems of mono-cropping, over grazing, factory farming, et al. On that I think we can all agree.

For more info on Permaculture and more great debunking of Keith's book, check out this site among many:…

Posted by wsimpson on 06/09/2010 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Where's the Beef?

Lyman's theories are bunk.

First, saturated fat has been conclusively proven to NOT cause heart disease, despite thirty years of propaganda to the contrary:…
(The layman's version:)…
So Lyman is completely, conclusively, provably wrong when he says "Eating meat is the kiss of death." Explain, then, why the Maasai have zero heart disease on their diet of meat, milk, and blood, and why vegans need chemical supplementation (B12, etc.) in order to not die.

Second, agriculture has destroyed our planet, not livestock grazing. If grazing harmed the planet, the endless buffalo herds would have destroyed America before the Indians even got here. What's destroying our planet is plowing the entire country under, spraying it with pesticides and chemical fertilizer, and destroying the topsoil and our watersheds in order to grow corn and soybeans.

Someone needs to read Lierre Keith's "The Vegetarian Myth". (She is an ex-militant vegan of decades, and well qualified to comment.)

Posted by respite on 06/04/2010 at 1:14 PM

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