What People Are Saying About Drumlummon Views 

 

The latest issue of Drumlummon Views is out. It's a well-edited and beautiful online volume of literary effort . . . a rich vein for wordsmiths, a mother lode.

Montana Gael website, http://montanagael.blogspot.com/

Rick Newby and the Drumlummon Institute are engaging Montanans in eloquent and insightful discussions on the art and artists of our time and region. Nothing is needed more right now for a popular appreciation of contemporary art than such a development of ideas and vocabulary.

Daniel S. Biehl, Artworks and Invention for Everyday Life website, http://dsbiehl.com

I must say that I am impressed with the first volume, a real cut above in what I am seeing from many online journals, not just in the look but in the range and quality of the contributions. Congratulations for a real step forward.

Your opening comments set an important tone for the journal, one that naturally after [researching and writing] Capitalism on the Frontier [Carroll Van West, Capitalism on the Frontier: The Transformation of Billings and the Yellowstone Valley in the Nineteenth Century (University of Nebraska Press, 1993)] I agree with both philosophically but also from a historical perspective. Stereotypes being what they are, Montana has always been shaped by transregional forces; it is not new. Nor by definition is it bad or good.

Carroll Van West, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, author of A Traveler’s Companion to Montana History

 

I was so happy to hear about Drumlummon Institute and the online journal. I grew up in Montana—Great Falls and Butte—and I’m delighted to see such a serious cultural review centered on the state.

 Tree Swenson, Academy of American Poets, New York

 

Drumlummon, the journal, is truly impressive. Will never forget receiving your announcement while in Peru traveling, the power of internet continues to astound. I am honored to be included in the launch issue, and can’t wait for more. You have tapped a reservoir both rich and deep.

Chere Jiusto, Montana Preservation Alliance, Helena

 

Congratulations on Drumlummon Views coming to life! It’s been a feast so far.

I’m five pieces into this edition and even enjoyed reading about Marysville so I promptly called our neighbor rancher who’s been driving cattle up mountain through Marysville every June since time immemorial (that is, the limit of my memory or our collective memory). [He] was delighted—“there’s too little that’s been written about that place . . . ,” and he added a rumor or two about the locals’ views of hidden troves of gold. . . . Riders, drovers and drivers may have changed over time but the gold fever lives on!

Bob Putsch, physician, Canyon Creek

 

I’m knocked out by the quality of production as well as the content. . . . This work has sustain and will reverberate far and wide. . . . You’ve put the e-world on notice: Montana’s voice is alive and well!

Nicholas Vrooman, historian, Missoula & Helena

 

GREAT PUBLICATION! I will turn writer friends onto it…! Kudos to you for sticking it out, and for making such beautiful things happen with effervescent regional writing. I know this is not an easy road, and is one driven by passion and love.

Zan Agzigian, playwright, Spokane, WA

 

I've been reading [Drumlummon Views] this afternoon, and periodically I have to get up and pace around through sheer excitement at what you’re doing. I get calm, return to the computer, and in ten minutes I’m up again.

What a tremendous project! What an important effort!

I've often wondered and envied what it must have been like to live in Carmel or Santa Fe when they were small towns that accidentally had such a group of thinkers that a critical mass was reached, to where the town became an important center of art that would change and define art history (scientific history, cultural history, and so on). Recently I've suspected that Helena may be a current version of Carmel, known by the current thinkers, about to be discovered by the big financers, in that most perfect phase of ontogeny that will make it a legend.

The Drumlummon Institute has erased any doubt.

Rennan Rieke, jazz bassist, writer, and photographer, Helena

 

. . . many hands clapping for your hard work on DV. Like talking with friends. Especially loved Roger D[unsmore]'s piece. He's brave and true. . . . Thanks for making Montana an even more exciting and various place.

Lowell Jaeger, poet, Bigfork

 

An amazing enterprise. You certainly have la creme de la creme of Montana arts and letters in your pages. . . . I spent a couple of hours reading the DV last night. It is of the highest quality. An “instant classic,” one might say.

Paul Stephens, Montana Green Bulletin, Great Falls

 

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading various articles in [Drumlummon Views], especially [Rick Newby’s] wonderful review of Doug Turman’s amazing watercolors and the account of the woman homesteader—fascinating stuff! . . .

Congratulations on a magnificent effort!  What a wonderful addition to the cultural environment in Montana!

Willem Volkersz, artist & Professor Emeritus of Art,Montana State University-Bozeman


From a review of DV in New West (http://www.newwest.net):

“The first issue of Drumlummon Views, downloadable for free in Adobe Acrobat, is a 276-page digital tribute to the state of our region’s arts. As the literary face of the Drumlummon Institute (a regional arts organization based in Helena, and named after a famous mine outside of Marysville), coming out of the gate it already has a very real depth to it, a certain artful resonance. . . . With such a pool of talent to draw upon, the potential for this particular project is limitless. It's a valuable addition to our vibrant and growing community.”

For the full text of the review, visit New West at http://www.newwest.net/index.php/topic/article/10563/C39/L39

Allen M. Jones, novelist and editor, Helena