Category: Literary Commentary

Barbed Wire Baseball cover, art by Yuko Shimizu

Books that Keep the Past Alive – Stories of Japanese Internment Camps and Baseball

Philosopher George Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” For most of us, knowledge of the past does not come from textbooks but from stories – stories told when generations gather around the dining table, in movies or on the flickering TV set in the family room, in historical novels that pull us into a bygone era. Years ago, I read Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s memoir Farewell to Manzanar and was incredulous that discover that the United States ran concentration camps during World War II and locked up American citizens. [Click on baseball-player image above to read the full article …]

The Storied Past is Preparing To Launch

Indeed, we are preparing ourselves to do battle with the forces of illiteracy. Those who choose to willfully neglect books worth reading, or who are distracted by other…