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A Series of Reviews by Dr. Stephen Armstrong

This week, we will be introducing several book reviews by Dr. Stephen Armstrong, Professor of English at Dixie State University. He earned his Ph.D. in English from Florida State University in 2004. Dr. Armstrong is the author of several books, including Paul Bartel: The Life and Films (McFarland 2017). He also serves as general editor for the ongoing series Roger Corman’s New World (1970-1980): An Oral History. We will be publishing his work in a 4-part series, so stay tuned in for the next few days to explore Rod Miller’s Pinebox Collins, Tony Hoagland’s The Art of Voice: Poetic Principles and Practice, and John Landis’ Haunted Houses. Here’s a taste of what’s to come:

As the pandemic first commenced with ripping apart daily life in March 2020, I told my students at the university where I work that “COVID is going to kill a lot of culture.” And it has, with concerts postponed, games cancelled, restaurants shuttered and theaters left dark. But staying home all the time, particularly at night, has yielded not a few pleasures, at least for me, with opportunities that have included watching old favorite movies like Horse Feathers and Duck Soup, consuming wacky pseudo-documentary TV shows like Food Factory and Dr. Pimple Popper and reading--so much reading.


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Skimming the R7 archived issues is always an adventure. Somehow, the news seems to have the same, sad stories. The following poem by Chad Lutz was published in Issue 7 but still rings true today. ----