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MY END OF SUMMER BLOG

Posted by Carole Stuart on August 22, 2010

 

EVOLUTION OF A REVOLUTION  

Lyle Stuart was the first publisher of Dr. Albert Ellis with SEX WITHOUT GUILT.  Soon after came the sensational (at the time) THE ART AND SCIENCE OF LOVE An icon of 20th century psychology, Ellis was a founder of the cognitive behavioral movement. Barricade Books continued publishing many of Dr. Ellis’ books including When AA Doesn’t Work for You, The Art and Science of Rational Eating and Sex Without Guilt in the 21st Century.

After Ellis’ death two directors at the Albert Ellis Institute, James McMahon PhD, and Ann Vernon Ph.D., produced an impressive collection of Ellis’ writings. Evolution of a Revolution, traces the evolution of Ellis’ philosophy and methodology from its Freudian roots to present day cognitive therapy.  This book will be an important addition to the field of cognitive therapy and will fascinate followers of Ellis’ unique, outspoken approach. Look for it in bookstores, on Amazon or directly from Barricade Books.

 

BARRY FARBER

Barry Farber will celebrate 50 years on the radio this September and was nominated this year to the National Radio Hall of Fame. He launched his career in New York in 1960 and began hosting a national talk show on the ABC Radio Network in 1990. “The Barry Farber Show” is nationally syndicated and is heard Monday through Friday over CRN Digital Talk Radio (http://crntalk.com/)and Saturday afternoons on the Talk Radio network http://www.talkradionetwork.com/).

Everyone who was anyone has been a guest on Barry’s shows.  He’s always a gentleman and while on the conservative side of issues, he invites opposing opinions, rare enough these days.  Over the years, Barry has interviewed most of our authors.  It got me to wondering what it was like to work for him.  For that information I contacted friend Randi Levine-Miller, who has worked her publicity magic for more publishers than I can count, including our old company, Lyle Stuart Inc. These days Randi is a member of New York’s Friar’s Club and was named friar of the year in 2007. 

Like many in the media business, she was once Barry Farber’s producer. “Barry created new phrases and words which I still quote... 'imaginuity'" was one -- he also used the word "phospheresence" quite a bit.  Barry fascinated, educated, mesmerized me with his keen mind & wit -- he also intimidated me like you can't imagine.  I was just a young, starry-eyed girl from Mosholu parkway-- but I learned my lessons well. He had tremendous, positive impact on my life, as well as many others.  I’ll always love & respect my "mashugana mentor"!

In addition to his broadcasting career, Barry has published several books including "Making People Talk," "How to Learn Any Language," "How to Conceal Stupidity" and "How to Not Make the Same Mistake Once." (Barricade Books published the last one)

His latest is almost finished and it’s charming, Title: “Chapter Ones.” As Barry says, after meeting and interviewing thousands of guests he figured he had the makings of 189 great books provided he could come up with all the other chapters.  Not being able to do that this book is made up of single-chapter-books. What a smart idea. They cover a wide range of topics from Cocktails with Molotov” to “Colored Water.”  The latter is one of my favorites and I have Barry’s permission to print it below in its entirety.  Enjoy:

 

Colored Water

            You may not trust the memory of a five-year-old but I'm asking you to trust me on this one.  It's so stark and clear.

            I was five years old.  My mother took me into Woolworth's Department Store in Greensboro, North Carolina and developed an ingenious idea of what to do with me when she wanted to rid herself of a small child and free-roam throughout the store.  She took me downstairs to the toy department and positioned me in the middle of what she thought was the most exciting part of the whole operation for me.

            "Barry," she said.  "I want you to keep that foot there and the other foot there where it is.  Mother's got to go upstairs and do some shopping and I don't want you to move even one inch.  Do you understand?

            I pretended I did, and maybe I almost did.

            Mother made me practice.  Left foot here.  Right foot there.  Nothing moves until mother gets back, okay?  Deal!  I agreed.

            I was in the middle of the toy department, but I eventually got bored with the toys that were within my eyesight.  And I didn't even think of moving one foot or the other.  Eventually I looked up away from the toys and saw two water fountains straight ahead.  I was one of those pain-in-the-neck kids who could read somewhat at the age of five.  The signs over the water fountains interested me.  One sign said, "white" and the other said, "colored."

            "White" and "colored," what was that all about?  Don't forget; I was five.  If you ask a five-year-old what color water is, he won't say "clear."  He'll say "white."  I thought one of those fountains shot forth plain "white" water and the other offered water of various colors.  I had no knowledge of racial segregation at that age and suddenly I thought I might be treated to the spectacle of "colored" water, a prospect almost as exciting as fireworks at that age.

            I kept a keen eye on those fountains.  Everybody who came to take a drink drank from the "white" fountain.  I didn't realize they were all white people.  I just thought they were all exceedingly unimaginative people who didn't want to experience the thrill of "colored" water.  Finally a man came to the "colored" fountain, his skin color meant nothing to me, and my little heart leapt at the notion of finally seeing "colored" water.  Alas, the water from his fountain was just like that from the "white" fountain.

            I clearly remember thinking, "Shucks.  The "colored" fountain is broken today.

            It took a few years to realize the One who made the water had a different concept from the one who made the sign!

            That was, by the way, the same Woolworth's that made international headlines in 1960 when the first successful sit-in of black students from A & T College eventually broke restaurant segregation across the south.

            The water they were eventually served was indistinguishable from that of the whites.

 

NEW IN PAPERBACK

Two recent best sellers for Barricade will be available in trade paperback in about a month. They are two of the more than 20 titles in our True-Crime Series, which grows steadily.  Both titles went into four hardcover printings and continue to be strong sellers.

MAFIA AND THE MACHINE by Frank Hayde

When it was first released in 2008, The Mafia and the Machine shot to the top of the local bestseller list, outselling John Grisham, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Cormac McCarthy at Kansas City area bookstores. Strong sales outside the Midwest have been a delightful surprise, though not altogether unexpected considering the key role the Kansas City Family played on the national scene. Author Frank R. Hayde, who is a U.S. Park Ranger with deep roots in Kansas City, became interested in the subject while working a stint at the Harry Truman National Historic Site, where he learned more about the political “Machine” that became openly intertwined with the powerful local Mafia syndicate. After four sold-out hardback printings, the book is now scheduled for a paperback edition, which includes an update on recent activities in the Kansas City underworld. Hayde will launch the paperback release with an October 23 signing at the Kansas City Store, followed the next day by a signing at the Kansas City International Airport. The Mafia and the Machine has a 4 ½ star rating out of 5 on Amazon and was described by Midwest Book Review as “Efficiently researched and told with a sense of excitement sure to intrigue readers of all backgrounds… a highly recommended contribution to American history and criminal history shelves.”

JAILING THE JOHNSTON GANG: Bringing Serial Murders to Justice by Bruce E. Mowday

Initially, the author hit the road and singlehandedly sold about 1500 copies of the book.  He is an amazing speaker and went everywhere: libraries, book fairs, ladies clubs, you name it.  This one describes the criminal activities of serial murderers Norman, David and Bruce a. Johnston, Sr. (the latter was leader of the gang).  Sr. earned his reputation as a madman, butcher and Chester County, Pennsylvania’s most notorious criminal.  Not bad enough?  After raping his son’s girlfriend, Johnston Sr. ordered his brothers to murder his son and he shot his stepson to death.  The book caught on and was the cleanest selling book of our list last year. To the non-book people: no returns.

 

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR COUNTRY?

 I was going to end this Hot News with an amusing story but, when I read a recent commentary from Ed Koch, I quickly changed my mind.  What is going on in this, our great nation is shameful. The movement to abolish the right of citizenship to those born in the USA and the argument against constructing a mosque near Ground Zero flies in the face of how this nation was conceived. What makes this country different and, if I may say so, great, is too important not to print Koch’s words:

Ed Koch Commentary                       
August 16, 2010


Citizens Recall And Be Guided By The Letter of President George Washington To The Jews of Rhode Island.  It Applies To The Muslims of New York.

        President Obama was right to express his views on constructing a mosque near Ground Zero, the site of the 9/11 catastrophe, “As a citizen and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country.  And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan in accordance with local laws and ordinances.
        The President is also right to oppose as he does the efforts by some to amend the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution to bar babies born to illegal immigrants from becoming citizens.

        Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was first to take up the fight to protect the legitimate rights of American Muslims to build a mosque near Ground Zero, was right and courageous to lead the way and point Americans in the right direction.

        President Obama, according to The New York Times of August 15th is now “faced with withering Republican criticism of his defense of the right of Muslims to build a community center and mosque near Ground Zero.” Those leading the charge against the President, according to The Times, “including Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, Representative John A. Boehner, the House minority leader and Representative Peter King of New York, forcefully rejected the President’s stance.”

        The President’s position will be remembered by later generations of Americans with the same high regard as President George Washington’s letter in 1790 to the Jews of Rhode Island who built the Touro Synagogue in that state. Moses Seixas of the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island wrote to George Washington: “Deprived as we heretofore have been of the invaluable rights of free Citizens, we now with a deep sense of gratitude to the Almighty disposer of all events behold a Government, erected by the Majesty of the People — a Government, which to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance — but generously affording to all Liberty of conscience, and immunities of Citizenship: — deeming every one, of whatever Nation, tongue, or language equal parts of the great governmental Machine: — This so ample and extensive Federal Union whose basis is Philanthropy, Mutual confidence and Public Virtue, we cannot but acknowledge to be the work of the Great God, who ruleth in the Armies of Heaven, and among the Inhabitants of the Earth, doing whatever seemeth him good.”

        President Washington responded as follows: “...The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent national gifts. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. It would be inconsistent with the frankness of my character not to avow that I am pleased with your favorable opinion of my Administration, and fervent wishes for my felicity. May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy.   G. Washington”

        Let us not do again, albeit in different form and to a different group what we did to Japanese-Americans during World War II when we rounded them up without cause. No Japanese-American was ever charged with treason, notwithstanding that they were placed in internment camps for the balance of the war.

        I am a proud Jew.  Proud of my religion and my culture. Columnist David Brooks, also Jewish and similarly proud, in a New York Times article of January 12, 2010, wrote of our people’s accomplishments: “Jews are a famously accomplished group. They make up 0.2 percent of the world population, but 54 percent of the world chess champions, 27 percent of the Nobel physics laureates and 31 percent of the medicine laureates. Jews make up 2 percent of the U.S. population, but 21 percent of the Ivy League student bodies, 26 percent of the Kennedy Center honorees, 37 percent of the Academy Award-winning directors, 38 percent of those on a recent Business Week list of leading philanthropists, 51 percent of the Pulitzer Prize winners for nonfiction.”

        We Jews also have our share of thieves, predators, child molesters, Ponzi-schemers, traitors and profiteers. Muslims have their share of great world accomplishments – the concept of zero, advancements in mathematics, medicine, chemistry, botany and astronomy. They also have their share of crazies, tyrants, homophobes, those holding hostile and irrational attitudes towards women, vilification of Jews, Christians, Hindus and other so-called infidels.

         Let’s be calm now and not need the passage of time to bring us to our senses and years later apologize. Of course, those who suffered the loss of loved ones, and those exposed to the catastrophe of 9/11 have every right to hold opinions opposing the building of the mosque. They are grieving and rightfully enraged at anyone associated in any way with the 19 Muslim terrorists who were responsible for the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans killed on 9/11, and all of us must sympathize with them and their feelings.

        But Americans must never forget who we are and why our Founding Fathers and those who built the original 13 colonies came here. It was primarily to find and create a new country in which they could practice religious freedom, denied them in England. Jews found that freedom of religion in New Amsterdam, where the East India Company of Holland directed the first public anti-Semite in that city – its Governor, Peter Stuyvesant – to let them in, he first refusing to do so.

        I believe we are locked in battle with fanatical Islam and will be for the foreseeable future. I do not believe the vast majority of Muslims, and American Muslims in particular, are fanatics or enemies of the American people.

        Government should neither favor nor hinder the efforts of religious institutions, other than to protect their rights to engage in carrying them out as permitted under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

        A final word on those seeking to end the concept of American citizenship by virtue of birth, led by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC): Don’t they understand that the concept of citizenship by birth is one of the great American ideas of which we have been justly proud and which distinguishes us from many other countries and has served us well? They should not fear the Know Nothings, whose voices are loud, but whose numbers are small. They should not shame themselves by joining these violators of American values and traditions.

Until next time, 

Carole

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