Author Archives: David Atkinson

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InReview: Tim Horvath’s ‘Understories’

Bellevue Literary Press 256 pages $14.95 ISBN: 9781934137444 I have always loved strange stories. Whether centering on weird phenomenon, presented in a bizarre manner, or what have you, oddity has always captured my interest. Really, I think this is truemore…

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InReview: Alpha Mike Foxtrot

I’m still trying to collect my thoughts on what I think of Alpha Mike Foxtrot by John L. Sheppard. It struck a chord with me, and the echoes of that haven’t quieted right away. They just reverberate, getting softer butmore…


InReview: Colson Whitehead’s ZONE ONE

Normally I don’t go for zombie fiction. I have to admit; I was a little hesitant about picking up Zone One by Colin Whitehead. At least it isn’t vampire fiction, right? I f*#%ckin’ hate vampires. Of course, I do gomore…

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InReview: The People of Forever Are Not Afraid

Americans spend a lot of time talking about Israel, but I don’t think most have the first clue as to what it is like to actually live there. I know I certainly don’t. Modern Israel seems like such a strangemore…

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Paul Auster’s ‘Winter Journal’: A Review

My first thoughts on reading Paul Auster’s Winter Journal is that I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a memoir quite like it before. Memoir isn’t something I pick up a great deal of, but I do read memoirs from timemore…

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Resuscitation Of A Hanged Man: A Review

At this point, I think there are only a few people who pick up a Denis Johnson book and don’t expect to be impressed. Considering works like Train Dreams, Tree of Smoke, Angels, and Jesus’s Son, most people probably havemore…

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The ABCs of Dinkology: A Review

When I first picked up AE Stueve’s The ABCs of Dinkology, I thought of a Calvin and Hobbes strip. I don’t remember all the details, but in the strip Calvin explained how comics are low art and paintings are highmore…

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Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World: A Review

It’s always interesting to see the depths of feeling that can be conveyed via characters who do not feel as others do. Like Meursault in Camus’ The Stranger, characters with a different emotional composition from the average person present the opportunitymore…

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David Bezmozgis’s The Free World: A Review

Hope, it seems to me, is at the center of every human story. Quite simply, people hope for things. Their stories are the things they hope for, as well as what often works to crush those hopes. Eventually, all fatesmore…

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The Lip Behind the Mustache

I have to admit, I hadn’t heard of Gregory Hill before a couple weeks ago (even though East of Denver won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award last summer, finally emerging from the publishing process on July 5th from Dutton). Imore…

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Book Review: “In Electric Eden” by Nick Arvin

After reading Nick Arvin’s The Reconstructionist I found myself curious about his earlier book, In the Electric Eden. Of course, I often give in to whims and picked up the collection of short stories. Now, I would not want tomore…

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Book Review: Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World

As a preliminary matter, I would like to strongly advise against literally following the advice suggested by the title of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World. I think if you read the book you will agree. I do advisemore…

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