Just Curious CL

Cullen Murphy, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $21.95 (251p) ISBN 978-0-395-70099-0
Murphy (coauthor with William Rathje of Rubbish: The Archaeology of Garbage) here collects 37 of his essays, 36 previously published in the Atlantic Monthly, where he is managing editor, and one in Harper's. The pieces are characterized by Murphy's ability to communicate his enthusiasm for the unusual. ``Hey, Let Me Outta Here!'' describes a visit to the International Ventriloquist Convention, where the author investigated the rapidly growing field of gospel ventriloquism, devoted to spreading the message of evangelical Christianity through puppetry. ``All the Pope's Men'' is a detailed look at the ongoing religious scholarship on the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. Other articles deal with a variety of subjects, including the debate over cat vs. dog ownership in the U.S., aspects of linguistics and reflections on the Stonehenge monuments in England. An informative, entertaining collection defined by Murphy's unquenchable curiosity for just about every subject. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/02/1995
Release date: 01/01/1995
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