Tuesday, September 19, 2000

What Tristaters are reading


        E. SELEAN HOLMES, Curator, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center:

        The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks by Randall Robinson (Penguin; $23.95).

        “The Debt is an excellent and personalized examination of the issue of reparations. Jews, Japanese and Indians have received millions, and in one case 1.2 billion, from the United States, Austria, Canada and Germany.

        “Mr. Robinson asserts that "no nation can enslave a group of people for hundreds of years, set them free — bedraggled and penniless — pit them, without assistance, in a hostile environment against privileged victimizers, and then reasonably expect the gap between the two groups to narrow.'

        “Most people are not aware that there is a bill (H.R. 40) recommended to Congress to compensate African-Americans for centuries of discrimination and slavery. I found this book to be most enlightening.”

        • DAVID OEHLER, Curator of Birds, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden:

        Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear(Ballantine; $6.99).

        “It's a scientific thriller that has some anthropology and new diseases that play into the story.”

        Conservation in a Changing World, edited by Georgia Mace, Andrew Balinford, Joshua Ginsberg (Cambridge University Press; $30).

        “This is one great book about biological diversity and conservation . . . It's a great source of information for anybody interested in biology.”

        • THOMAS COLLINS, Curator of Contemporary Art, Cincinnati Art Museum:

        Origin of Perspective by Hubert Damish (MIT Press; $32).

        “It's a really fantastic historical, philosophical and theoretical account of the ways perspective, the system for organizing three-dimensional images, is also perspective in the sense of seeing and knowing.

        “It is one of the most compelling accounts I've ever read of the ways in which visual culture can shape human consciousness.”

        — Owen Findsen


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