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July 31, 2012

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SIX SONGS FOR RUNNING EVERY DAY, TRYING TO WRITE THAT NOVEL...

SIX SONGS FOR RUNNING EVERY DAY, TRYING TO WRITE THAT NOVEL…

. . . TRYING TO WRITE THAT NOVEL, LIVING IN A SMALL TOWN, AND WORKING IN THE MOST STRESSFUL, LOWEST PAYING FIELD SERIOUSLY MCDONALD’S DOODS MAKE MORE THAN YOU DO.

Commentary, Culture
Review of The Ghost of Neil Diamond, a novel by David Milnes

Review of The Ghost of Neil Diamond, a novel by David Milnes

And an interview with the author. I spent money like water in Hong-Kong, the restaurants served the best duck I’ve ever tasted and the girls were glamorous and pretty. These days looking back I appreciate that I was almost certainly a disaster on two legs, long-haired with billowing red Harem trousers which I’d acquired on my journey thru India.

Interviews, Writers
"Atmospheric Disturbances" by Rivka Galchen is a Delicious Off-Beat Yarn

“Atmospheric Disturbances” by Rivka Galchen is a Delicious Off-Beat Yarn

“Atmospheric Disturbances” by Rivka Galchen is like a large white onion, many-layered and sharp, and makes one blink the eye rapidly—in wonderment, of course.

Books, Reviews
goon squad

A Look At Pulitzer Winner “A Visit From The Goon Squad.”

Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “A Visit From The Goon Squad,” impels one to rethink their views.

Books, Reviews
Interview With Jim Breslin

Jim Breslin on Building Up Characters Who Are Falling Apart

You'll recognize the characters in Jim Breslin's debut short story collection, "Elephant," twenty-one stories about suburban life and its discontents.

Interviews, Writers
Top of The Sixties

“Top of the Sixties”, A Story of Coming of Age in the Midlands

This collection of short stories by David Ayres primarily follows the lives of young adults in the 1960s. It is set in the Midlands, England, where small town thinking meets working class hardships.

Books, Reviews
Zahra’s Paradise: A Look at the Green Revolution

Zahra’s Paradise: A Look at the Green Revolution

Zahra’s Paradise is the fictional story of a mother trying to find her son Mehdi, lost amidst the Basij crackdown on protesters in Tehran.

Commentary, Culture
{Review} Far From Heaven - Cormac McCarthy's 'Suttree'

Far From Heaven – Cormac McCarthy’s Tragicomic ‘Suttree’

Cormac McCarthy spent several decades writing “Suttree” and it shows. The sentences sing. It is one of McCarthy’s longer novels, and arguably the funniest.

Commentary, Literature
TC Boyle's "Stories"

DIE LAUGHING: T.C. Boyle’s “Stories” Poke Fun at Love, Death…and Everything in Between

Books, Commentary, Literature
{REVIEW} SWIMMINGLY | Cheever Channels Kafka in his “Collected Stories”

{REVIEW} SWIMMINGLY | Cheever Channels Kafka in his “Collected Stories”

It’s a kind of voyeuristic pleasure to read a compilation of stories written over an author’s entire career, especially an author as talented and hard-working as John Cheever.

Books, Commentary, Literature

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