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The Turk

by John Flesher

When Russian master Garry Kasparov lost a chess match to the IBM computer dubbed “Deep Blue” in 1997, pessimists fretted. What would be the effect on the human psyche? The time had come when machine could out-think man—and not just... Read More

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A Moral Temper

by John Flesher

“How do you know I am a ‘good American?’” Macdonald demands of a British editor who has thusly praised him. Hardly the reaction one would expect, but perfectly in character for this journalist, editor, and critic, who took every... Read More

Book Review

Daily News, Eternal Stories

by John Flesher

Chances are the average reporter for the Hometown Gazette, banging out his umpteenth story about the city council’s feud over funding a new sewer system, doesn’t exactly regard himself as a latter-day Homer. Lule would advise the... Read More

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Live Steam

by John Flesher

When Mark Twain was spinning his tales of life on the mighty Mississippi, steamboat travel was high-tech and high class. Fifty to sixty vessels a day would land at the thriving New Orleans docks, ferrying passengers and cargo from the... Read More

Book Review

The New Yorker Book of Technology Cartoons

by John Flesher

Some people love technology and some hate it, but nearly everyone seems at least a little bit afraid of it-afraid of being enslaved by machines that neither sleep nor eat and seemingly know more than humans do. This collection by The New... Read More

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A Memory of Trains

by John Flesher

Rubin is a beloved figure in the publishing world. As founder of Algonquin Books, he provided a launching pad for Southern writers such as Jill McCorkle, Clyde Edgerton, and Lee Smith at a time when fledgling authors from the hinterlands... Read More

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Unholy Covenant

by John Flesher

A lovely young woman finally marries the man of her dreams, but less than two years later is found dead in the charred shell of her house in the small North Carolina town of Pleasant Garden. Compounding the tragedy, investigators... Read More

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Widening the Road

by John Flesher

In the foreword of this book, Bonnie poses a question: What veteran writer wouldn’t jump at the chance to issue a new-and-improved version of his early works? For him, the answer came easily when the editorial director of Livingston... Read More

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