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Soldier to Ambassador
From the D-Day Normandy Landing to the Persian Gulf War
A Memoir Odyssey
by Dr. Charles W. Hostler
With new and revised chapters and photos curated by Chinyeh Hostler
ISBN: 1-879691-71-X 2004
Trade paperback: 420 pp. 100+ photographic plates in color and black&white
$27.95 list price/trade paper revised edition
exciting new memoir, now in a new special edition,
charts the remarkable life of Dr. Charles W. Hostler
(1919-2014); it also includes new chapters and new
photographs authored and curated by Dr. Hostler's
wife, Chinyeh Hostler.
experiences are quite extraordinary and his memoirs
capture all the major scenes--from hawking
newspapers on San Francisco cable-cars, to prowling
Westwood as a UCLA undergraduate, to working as a
road warrior for the California Highway Patrol, to
his stint as an ace pilot for the U.S. Army Air
Corps, to his East Coast secret agent-training in
the OSS (the precursor to the CIA), to his work with
real world James Bond-types working in the bowels of
England's MI6, Hostler's life was a dynamic odyssey
of service, adventure, and discovery.
All of these varied
postings serving as mere pit-stops in a singular
voyage that culminates with Hostler's appointment as
U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain (1989-1993) and his
activities behind the scenes during the Persian Gulf
War. Hostler's memoir is lavishly illustrated with
over 100 photographs, many in full-color.
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Future of the First Capital of the
Loreto: El Futuro de la Primera Capital de las Californias
Paul Ganster, Oscar Arizpe, and Antonina Ivanova
Loreto: The Future of the First Capital of the Californias is a bilingual (English and Spanish) collection of 17 essays written by scholars from the United States and Mexico that discusses the historical development as well as challenges that Loreto, Baja California Sur, faces. Six major themes are: (1) natural resources and environment; (2) history, society, and culture; (3) economy and regional development (4) tourism; (5) government and quality of life; and (6) the challenges ahead.
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704 pages (6 x 9 1/4 inches) © 2007
San Diego State University Press and Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias
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Perversions on Parade: Brazilian Literature of
Transgression and Postmodern Anti-Aesthetics in Glauco Mattoso
Steven F. Butterman
This is the first book-length scholarly treatment in English of the Brazilian poet Glauco Mattoso's work, some of which was written during Brazil's most recent dictatorship (1964-85). Steven Butterman highlights Mattoso's themes of homosexuality, fetishism, and symbolic sadomasochism within a context of a comparative examination of transgressive literature in the Western canon (Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Verlaine et al) with particular emphasis on Luso-Brazilian literature from the Middle Ages to the present.
Poetry International #9
New U.S poems by Jan Lee Ande, Chris Buckley, Philip Dacey. Ann Fisher-Wirth, Linda Pastan, Charles Harper Webb, and many others | International poems in translation from Mexico, Italy, Spain, China, Columbia, France, Germany, Costa Rica, Italy, and Japan | A special feature celebrating the legacy of William Matthews | The remarkable art of Millicent Tomkins...and much, much, more.
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|Working the Stone: The Natural, Social,
and Industrial History of the Village of Farnams, Town
of Cheshire, County of Berkshire, Commonwealth of
by Paul Metcalf & Lucia Saradoff
Foreword by June Nash
Working the Stone is a unique work made up of text and images that takes as its focus an abandoned New England limestone quarry. Placed in an extended chronology of the area's archaeology going back 350 million years, Metcalf's and Saradoff's work moves into an orchestrated oral history of the quarry told by people who remember how the enterprise was set up and run. Waves of immigrants from Germany, Ireland, Poland, and Italy occupied villages in the area and worked at the quarry and plant, which was eventually acquired by U.S. Gypsum. Mechanization of the work processes replaced men and their laboriously gained expertise. Farnams then became a ghost town, and only recently has the area begun to experience a revival brought about by young professionals eager to return to the land. The story of the plant, quarry, and its people over the generations grows out of a complex weave of lyrical prose, oral histories, drawings, documents, and historical and contemporary photographs all unified in a testament to the enduring human spirit.
Tecate Baja California: Realities and Challenges in a Mexican Border Community
Edited by Paul Ganster et al.
A bilingual publication of 19
essays describing current trends and challenges in
Tecate, Baja California.
|BACK IN PRINT
Voyage to the End of the WORD
translated by Harry Polkinhorn and Teresa Fiore
1st ed.. San Diego State University Press, 1997
Descript xiii, 109 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Italian poetry and Experimental
poetry by one of Italy's most noted and innovative
|A Description of Distant Roads
Original Journals of the First Expedition into California, 1769-1770 by Juan Crespí
Edited and Translated by Alan K. Brown.
San Diego State University Press,
2001. ISBN 1-879691-64-
890 pages || deluxe hard cover edition || $60.00
This volume includes the complete journals of Juan Crespí in Spanish and English. Este tomo incluye los diarios completos de Juan Crespí en español y ingles.
This work makes available for the first time the complete journals of Juan Crespí, the Franciscan friar who accompanied the first expeditions that established Spanish presence in Alta California. Beginning at the northern edge of the mission frontier of Baja California, the 1769 expedition trekked overland some three hundred miles to establish San Diego. From there, Crespí and the contingent of military personnel and Indian auxiliaries traveled northward on to Monterey and back again. Crespí journals provide the first detailed observations about the new land of Alta California and its peoples. This book is an essential source for the history of Spanish occupation of Alta California and the native Americans inhabiting the land.
This volume, which is the result of some forty years of research by Alan K. Brown, brings together what Crespí wrote in its entirety. All other printed and manuscript versions were censored, heavily edited, condensed, and excerpted by Serra, Palou, and othersalterations that dropped out critical detail and valuable information. This edition makes all other printed versions of Crespí's journals obsolete.
Brown has stitched together the complete journals from different manuscript versions in archives in Europe and the Americas. They are presented by the editor in the original Spanish with detailed annotations and comparisons of alternate versions of sections of the text. As well, Brown provides a new English translation of the full texts.
The work includes an extensive introduction by Alan K. Brown that in itself is a valuable contribution to the history of the period and gives a detailed and realistic vision of the life of Crespí. The volume also contains detailed explanatory notes, an index of sites, a general index, and a list of references.
What the experts say:
"Thanks to the erudition and
detective work of Alan K. Brown and the high scholarly
standards of SDSU Press, we no longer have to depend
on a flawed version of this essential account of the
founding of Spanish California. This is the definitive
edition, in English AND Spanish.
David J. Weber, Dedman Professor of History, Southern Methodist University, and author of The Spanish Frontier in North America (1992) and many other books on the Spanish-Mexican borderlands.
"This work will be an integral
part of any collection of basic California historical
materials. Researchers in related fields such as
anthropology, historical geography, and ethnobotany,
along with history buffs and mission aficionados will
seize upon it as a Îmust read itemâ and it becomes an
instant Îmust possessâ title for any California
library reference collection. Alan K. Brown deserves
immense credit for his monumental research, editing,
and analytical effort that produced this volume.
Harry W. Crosby, author of Antigua California, Mission Colony on the Peninsular Frontier, (1994).
"Alan K. Brown has provided
historians, scholars, and researchers with a
tremendous gift. His monumental and authoritative
translation of Crespí's complete journals will quickly
become an indispensable work for all who study the
history of California. The introduction to Brown's
work is, in and of itself, a masterful piece of
research and writing. The extensive and thorough
footnotes attest to Brown's careful attention to
detail and desire to include the latest scholarship in
his work. Brown's translations from the original
Spanish texts are superbly done. They remain faithful
to the Spanish but are "reader-friendly." Having the
Spanish version of the original journals available in
the text for comparison purposes greatly increases the
value of Brown's contribution to researchers.
Rose Marie Beebe, President, California Mission Studies Association and Professor of Spanish, Santa Clara University
For a review of this volume by bajacalifornia.org, click here
The U.S-Mexican Border Environment: U.S.-Mexican Border Communities in the NAFTA Era
Edited by Norris C. Clement
This volume is the fourth in the SCERP Monograph Series. It analyzes how the demographic, economic, infrastructure, and environmental characteristics of the border region have changed from the period prior to the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to 2000.
The U.S.-Mexican Border Environment: Economy and Environment for a Sustainable Border Region: Now and in 2020
Edited by Paul Ganster
This is the third volume in the
SCERP Monograph series. It comprises the papers and
deliberations presented at Border Institute II, which
upon the discussions during the first Border
Institute. Further, the work explores the challenge of
reinventing the economy to provide a solid base for
achieving development, providing necessary
environmental infrastructure, and enhancing quality of
life in the border communities.
Cooperation, Environment, and Sustainability in Border Regions
Edited by Paul Ganster
Cooperation, Environment, and
Sustainability in Border Regions is based on
papers presented late in 1999 at the San Diego,
California meeting of the Border Regions in Transition
(BRIT) group. An international network of border
specialists, the BRIT group has also convened in
Berlin (1994), Joensuu on the Finnish-Russian border
(1997), and in Chandigarh, India, near the
Indian-Pakistani border (2000). Key themes of this
volume are transborder cooperation, border
environmental concerns, and issues of sustainable
development in border regions, including the
U.S.-Mexican border region, European border regions,
the Baltic region, Russian-Finnish border areas, and
Asian border regions. Also included are essays on
methodological and theoretical approaches to border
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|Tipai Ethnographic Notes
A Baja California Indian Community at Mid-Century
by William D. Hohenthal, Jr.
Edited by Thomas C. Blackburn,with contributions by Margaret Langdon, David Dronenfeld, and Lynn Thomas.
Produced as a cooperative
publication of Ballena Press and the Institute for the
Regional Studies of the Californias, this book
provides a richly detailed ethnography, native
toponyms, kin terms, ancient enmities, and traditional
material culture of work that has been obscured for
over 50 years. It is useful both as a primary source
and a compendium of information on the Tiapi/Diegueño
communities of Northern Baja California. An
accompanying map circa 1950 aids the reader in
locating the ethnography in a historical and
A Road Map to a Sustainable 2020
Edited by Paul Ganster
The U.S.-Mexican Border
Environment: A Road Map to a Sustainable 2020
brings together background papers and ancillary
materials prepared for the Border Institute I, held in
December 1998. The briefing papers, as presented at
Border Institute I and then revised, lay out basic
information and analysis about the population,
economy, environment, and governance of the border
region. They provide the context for discussions of
the environmental sustainability of the region over
the next twenty years or so. The purpose of Border
Institute I was to encourage stakeholders in the
region and elsewhere to redirect their focus from
immediate and urgent current border environmental
issues to the steps that must be taken soon if the
region is to arrive at 2020 with a healthy and
sustainable environment. SCERP, and its partners
in Border Institute I--the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and the Border Trade Alliance--will
convene additional meetings approximately every year
to continue the discussion on key aspects of the
environmental sustainability of the border region.
Each of these institutes will produce a volume for the
SCERP Monograph Series.
Una Visión Fotográfica e Histórica
A Photographic and Historic View
Harry Crosby, Paul Ganster, David Piñera Ramírez, & Antonio Padilla Corona
2000 | paper, 58 pp and 42 black-and-white photographs.
12" x 12" | US $18.50 plus shipping, handling & applicable taxes
bilingual book of 42 black and white photographs and
an interpretive essay with two maps provides a view of
Tijuana in 1964. It is a time in the city that many
people remember, but many never knew. The book
portrays Tijuana when it was still a small city of
235,000, with a clearly defined center. Since
that time, rapid population growth, industrialization,
and urban sprawl have created the huge and complex
city we know today. Tijuana in 1964 was a dual city,
with one part oriented toward tourism activities and
life north of the border. The other part was a totally
Mexican city, with economic, social, and cultural
activities oriented toward national life. Tijuana 1964
effectively depicts this dualism. Click on the ancient
camera to your right to see a selection of plates from
International Border Area Planning Atlas / Atlas de
Planeación del Área Fronteriza Internacional
paper, 64 pp
14 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches
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Additional set(s) of unfolded maps available at:
$15/set with purchase of Atlas
$25/set without Atlas
This bilingual Atlas integrates
U.S. and Mexican data to provide a harmonized view of
the binational strip of land that serves as an
interface between San Diego and Tijuana. The Atlas
includes 15 full-color thematic maps of the San
Diego-Tijuana border region and 35 black-and-white
photographs. Detailed thematic essays by experts
provide context and commentary for understanding the
maps. Essay topics include: land use, planned land
use, water, sewage, transportation infrastructure,
population, employment, public facilities, vegetation
and land cover, topography and hydrography, and
others. The Atlas was produced through the
collaboration of San Diego State University's
Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias, The
SDSU Department of Geography, the Municipal Planning
Institute of Tijuana (IMPlan), the City of San Diego,
the San Diego Association of Governments and San Diego
State University Press.
Federman A to X-X-X-X: A Recyclopedic Narrative
Edited by Larry McCaffery, Thomas Hartl, and Doug Rice
paper, 400 pp.
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This is a large "casebook" of materials related to the life and work of Raymond Federman. A French Jew and Holocaust survivor, one of the world's leading Beckett scholars, and the author of over twenty books of fiction, poetry, and criticism, Federman has also been one of postmoderism's most radical liteary innovators and most influential theoreticians. Federman A to X-X-X-X is the first major critical study devoted to his work to appear in America. Assembled by editors Larry McCaffery, Thomas Hartl, and Doug Rice, the volume unfolds as a series of several hundred alphabetically arranged entries in double columns forming an elaborate mock-encyclopedia of the sort Borges or Nabokov might have imagined. These entries include over a hundred representative stories, novel excerpts, essays, poems, and letters by Federman, many of which are previously unpublished, and hundreds of other entries by authors, critics, editors, and correspondents analyzing, criticizing, or often collaborating with Federman's works. Also included are individual entries on authors, artists, and books that influenced Federman, samples from a wide range of fiction, poetry, and criticism that illuminate his writing, a comprehensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources, as well as a generous selection of photographs, drawings, reproductions of paintings, documents, manuscript pages, and other visual materials. Among entries are a number of unpublished essays and commentaries about Federman's work commissioned specifically for this volume by well-known critics and translators including Brian McHale, Richard Martin, Ronald Sukenick, Geoffrey Green, and many others. Click opposite on the number "10" for a review of this recent FEDERMAN volume. BUY IT NOW!
| Modernism Since Postmodernism:
Essays on Intermedia
paper, 252 pp.
Second Printing 2015
Modernism Since Postmodernism: Essays on Intermedia completed Dick Higgins' critical trilogy that began with A Dialectic of Centuries: Notes Towards a Theory of the New Arts and continued with his Horizons: The Poetics and Theory of Intermedia. A fluxperson, artist, poet, composer and scholar of intermedia, Higgins also authored Pattern Poetry: Guide to an Unknown Literature among numerous other works. He died in October of 1998.
Of course kitsch can be fun. Already 125 years ago, Rimbaud recognized this when, in the second section of A Season in Hell, he speaks of liking dumb paintings, door panels, stage sets, backdrops for acrobats, street signs, old-time literature and such-like. Who doesn't?... "Kitschspeak" is the term I use...for the fashionable kitsch language about the arts, sometimes delightful for a while, as with Jacques Derrida, for instance, but ultimately locked so closely into fashion and the world of second-rate and derivative art that it is all but impossible to use with major work and thus destined to pass into academia or oblivion once its novelty has passed....There are, of course, many schools of postmodernism--and they are just that, schools--but for a preliminary discussion there is no need to identify all of them. However, it can be argued that most of them are of two sorts: pop-academic, in which the professors cite each other to build up a lattice of assumptions into a polemic that may or may not have any correspondence with the realities of the arts that lie outside what is known in their trade as "the discussion." The academic trades are known collectively among participants in such discussions as "the profession," much as prostitutes refer to "the life."
Dick Higgins from the Foreword to Modernism Since Postmodernism
and Border Regions in Europe and North America
Edited by Paul Ganster, Alan Sweedler, James Scott, and Wolf Dieter-Eberwein
paper, 376 pp.
This volume is a collection of
essays on issues affecting the political, economic,
social, and cultural significance of international
borders. It is an undertaking that is particularly
timely due to global events that are so rapidly
changing our understanding of international relations.
The contributors to this book share basic research and
practical interests in deepening understanding of the
multifarious and often contradictory processes that
condition human interaction across international
borders. Published jointly by San Diego State
University Press and The Institute for Regional
Studies of the Californias.
San Diego State University:
A History in Word and Image
by Raymond Starr
Trade paperback: 262 pages; illustrated | $36 plus shipping/handling
1995 | Also available in a Special limited hardback edition
$100 plus shipping/handling
San Diego State University: A
History in Word and Image, by Raymond Starr, is
the first and only comprehensive history of the
largest campus in the California State University
system. Originally conceived as a history through
photographs by the late John Adams, whose generosity
has made possible this publication, the work expanded
to become a full-fledged history of the University.
Separate chapters cover the founding of the
institution in the 1890s in downtown San Diego,
subsequent transfer to its Park Avenue site, then
later relocation to Montezuma Mesa. Special attention
is given to student life, athletics, the growth of
academic programs, and how the institution was
affected by world events such as World War I and World
War II. We are able to see the growth of the school
from its beginnings as a teachers college (or "normal"
school) to its current status as a major public
comprehensive university with an internationally
respected faculty, vital research institutes,
increasingly significant academic ties to Mexico and
the Pacific Rim, and joint doctoral programs. San
Diego State University: A History in Word and
Image underscores the centrality of the
University both to the local community and as a key
player in national and international intellectual
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