Turtle Island

Jack Ramey’s novel “Turtle Island: A Dream of Peace” about the founding of the first democracy on the American continent by the Iroquois deals with profound issues of spirituality, war & peace, and the nature of good & evil. It has a special appeal for anyone interested in history, feminism, spirituality, or in protecting the resources of our planet for future generations.

Eavesdropping in Plato’s Café

Eavesdropping in Plato’s Café is a collection of lyrical, elegiac, and dramatic poems by Jack Ramey that are at once philosophical and personal, encompassing the broad sweep of history from ancient Greece to post-millennial America.

Fall of Rome

If you are, like me, a fan of historical fiction, and are intrigued by the period of Rome’s inevitable slide into the hegemony of barbarian kingdoms, then you ought to have a look at Michael Curtis Ford’s, “The Fall of Rome: A Novel of a World Lost.”

In the Heart of the Sea

Moby Dick sits on my shelf like a faithful but jilted lover patiently waiting my return. If you have not time enough in your life to tackle this beast of a book with its long digressions into the history of whaling and the minutiae of the sperm whale, then . . .

Sand Wars

If you want to learn about this little known catastrophe in the making so that you can add your voice to an outraged hue and cry and be part of the solution, not part of the problem, watch Sand Wars.

The Selected Poems of Wang Wei

I was first introduced to the poems of Wang Wei by my friend and fellow poet, George Kalamaras, when he mentioned that Wang Wei was his favorite Chinese poet in a poetry reading at the Village Lights Bookstore.