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Our Commutual Mea Culpa

I have a thing for forgeries. Well, not forgeries at large, but wolves in sheepskins. The kind of writing that makes you complicit in its lie, that comes off the page and has to sell itself to you as moremore…

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Book Review: “The Devil She Knows” by Bill Loehfelm

I recently finished reading The Devil She Knows by Bill Loehfelm, which was just released June 5th. Similar to most murder mysteries and suspense novels, I was engaged right from the start. The main character, Maureen Coughlin is a waitressmore…

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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: Oversoul

By Sara Ermisch I recently finished reading Oversoul by Mitchell S. Jackson. It’s a collection of short stories and essays that feature Jackson’s experience in the so-called “War on Drugs” in the 1980s and 1990s. In the section titled “Oversoul”more…

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Book Review: The Amadeus Net

I would be baffled as to how anyone could not love a book that starts with the line: “Mozart walked into the sex-change clinic on a cold, snowy July morning, intending to have his sprouter snipped off.” Just to clearmore…

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Book Review: The Sky Conducting

There is a chance that this review may not matter much. I felt that I should acknowledge that right at the beginning. After all: America died that afternoon while everyone looked the other way, distracted by thoughts that concerned movingmore…

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Book Review: “Cataclysm Baby” by Matt Bell

Cataclysm Baby Matt Bell 118 pages Mud Luscious Press For me, thoughts of fatherhood are never far from thoughts of cataclysm. However, most people do not hold this particular view. I understand that my odd reluctance regarding fatherhood is probablymore…

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Book Review: “THREATS” by Amelia Gray

Threats by Ameilia Gray 288 pages FSG Originals I happen to be a fan of absurd stories. I’m particularly fond of Haruki Murakami, Aimee Bender, Etgar Keret, and Amelia Gray. However, some authors of absurd stories seem to transform whenmore…

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Book Review: ‘”Hot Pink” by Adam Levin

Hot Pink By Adam Levin 256 pages McSweeney’s I think it best to confess right at the start of this review that I am a fanatic for The Instructions. I don’t think I let that bias influence what I thoughtmore…

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Book Review: “The Fallback Plan” by Leigh Stein

The Fallback Plan by Leigh Stein 224 pages Melville House By Joseph Michael Owens Everyone has a fallback plan. It’s drilled into us almost as soon as we decide what we want to be when we grow up. Some kidsmore…

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Book Review: SMUT by Alan Bennett

A review by David S. Atkinson Discussion of contemporary writing often focuses (at least partially) on how well the essence of the characters are created and presented. Essentially, is the core identity of a character or characters firmly established andmore…

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What We’ve Been Reading

By David S. Atkinson I thought I’d have a little fun this week and go all infinite regression with this feature. With all the book reviewing I’ve been doing, I thought it was time to talk about a book aboutmore…

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