HOW THE MOON AFFECTS YOU, by Arnold L. Lieber, M.D. (Hastings House, $14.95).
Synopsis: People are like oceans, only much smaller, in that the moon creates "tides" within them, altering their behavior, inevitably for the worse. Lieber shows this by studying crime in Dade County, Florida, and Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and by presenting many interesting anecdotes.
Representative Quote: "In my psychiatric practice I often will ask myself what phase the Moon is in. In my work with geriatric patients especially, I have noted times when these people do not do well. I have been able to correlate these times with one or another atmospheric disturbances, be it sunspots, coincidence of cosmic cycles, or a new and full moon."
Noteworthy Flaw: The moon is in some stage of its full or new phases 50 percent of the time.
Surviving the Global Financial Crisis: The Economics of Hope for Generation X, by Paul Hellyer (Chimo Media, $18.95).
Synopsis: Money is "a scam." All recessions were avoidable crises caused by monetary policy blundering. All non-Hellyerian economists are "lost in the maze of mirrors," clinging to their ridiculous paper money. If the governments of the world had only listened to Canadian economist Hellyer years ago, disaster could have been easily avoided. Now revolutionary steps are necessary.
Representative Quote: "The system is so silly that I really have difficulty knowing how to describe it....Ridiculous, inane, insane, grotesque, absurd and other adjectives crossed my mind but in each case they failed to portray the enormity of the situation and the outrage that fills my mind when I think how perverse the system really is."
Noteworthy Flaw: Crisis? What crisis?
NEWS OF THE UNIVERSE: POEMS OF TWOFOLD CONSCIOUSNESS, chosen and introduced by Robert Bly (Sierra Club Books, $12).
Synopsis: Well-known author of Iron John presents poetry celebrating nature over the past three centuries.
"The lamb was bleating softly.
The young jackass grew happier
with his excited bray.
The dog barked,
almost talking to the stars.
I woke up! I went out."
Noteworthy Flaw: Though the book offers one poem by Thoreau and one by Walt Whitman, 51 poems are either written by, translated by, or adapted by Robert Bly.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Covers of "Surviving the Global Financial Crisis" and "How the Moon Affects You" and "News of the Universe: Poems of Twofold Consciousness".