The following note appeared with the first commentary and is meant to characterize the series: These brief essays are designed to share a love of reading. They will not simply review or discuss new books; some new issues will appear, but so too will old and recent favorites, regional authors and subjects, ideas that challenge, and places to explore. The bottom line: I invite you to read.
There is another important difference that readers will find in these commentaries. I try to let the authors speak for themselves. Thus extensive quotations appear in most of the essays. Note, however, that in April 2003 the style of commentary changed to a single paragraph about each book and my column was joined by other reviewers. Their reviews may be found at the ArtVoice website cited above.
(Latest Commentaries appear first)
2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999
Crime and Detective Fiction
Western Fiction and Non-Fiction
Books about Buffalo and Western New York
Science and Mathematics
Additional Natural History
Health and Medicine
Problems of Contemporary Society
Art, Poetry and Language
1999 to 2003
Gerry Rising is a retired university professor of mathematics education (of all things) who seems bent upon sharing his writing with all and sundry. In addition to writing his ArtVoice commentaries, he writes a weekly natural history column for the Buffalo News. A brief biography and an especially flattering picture of him are to be found on that Nature Watch site. To reach other sites with which he is associated, click here.
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