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Person

Person

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Person is the best young-author-penned-book I’ve read.
I was somewhat relieved to read this book.
I was glad there is a person out there more fucked up than myself.
Pink = Person.
Probably.
I can’t imagine someone writing a book like this unless this is… Read the rest

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In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood is one of the best books I’ve read. This may or may not tell anything about my reading habits, I can’t really decide one way or the other. I’d say reading books is largely a subjective experience but I’d also say that any person reading this boo… Read the rest

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Explosion-Proof Premier Issue

Explosion-Proof Premier Issue

Explosion-Proof is a quarterly literary journal published by Fairweather Press. Their premier issue is out now and they’re also accepting submissions for Issue #2. Issue #1’s cover features a black and white photograph of the Empire State Bu… Read the rest

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The Coming Insurrection

The Coming Insurrection

Anarchy is obviously not a good thing.
I find it strange that people like Glenn Beck are so in fear of this book; it seems pretty clear that it was written by a bunch of dreamers, the sort of people who are more waiting for an insurrection to happen than to be t… Read the rest

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Assuming Size

Assuming Size

I received a copy of ‘Assuming Size’ in the mail, which is exciting, because it’s a cool little book. This chapbook features four poets from Ohio, two of which, Jordan Castro and Richard Wehrenberg Jr., are the authors of ‘thinktank for human bei… Read the rest

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A Book of Reasons

A Book of Reasons

A Book of Reasons is a memoir about a recluse. It is a narrative attempting to make sense of a distant brother’s nature, who upon dying, leaves the author his house.
John Vernon breaks his book up into sections which are each titled with one word, “Heat”, “… Read the rest

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Everything is Quiet

Everything is Quiet

The first thing I did when I received ‘Everything is Quiet’ by Kendra Grant Malone was read the blurbs on the back. Here’s one from Blake Butler:

“Kendra Grant Malone contains several hundred people. Likewise, her words seem to protect several hundred… Read the rest

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The Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lot 49 is a novel by Thomas Pynchon. It is relatively short as compared to his other works, many of which I have tried reading, but found myself largely unable to.
The Crying of Lot 49 took me some time, and it is unique to me in that this is my seco… Read the rest

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long love poem with descriptive title

long love poem with descriptive title

I heard about Matthew Savoca on Bearcreekfeed, really liking the poems he had up there. I later noticed that Scrambler Books had released his book. I liked the cover and title and thought “I want that.”
As I waited for the book to come in the m… Read the rest

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On Moral Fiction

On Moral Fiction

John Gardner is a legend. He is touted as perhaps the best writer who has ever written about fiction, and the three main books in which he does this are The Art of Fiction, On Becoming a Novelist and On Moral Fiction.
On the back cover of On Moral Fiction, in t… Read the rest

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USERLANDS

USERLANDS

I bought Userlands (New Fiction Writers from the Blogging Underground) off a used rack to see what the literary blogging scene was like in 2007. I wanted to see how writing that was blogged would fare in a published collection, and how writing from the in… Read the rest

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Aspects of the Novel

Aspects of the Novel

On the sly, I’ve been reading E. M. Forster’s, Aspects of the Novel (1927). I’m not quite sure what I think about this book.
E. M. Forster takes the title of his book very seriously. He goes as far as to say each “section” s… Read the rest

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White Noise

White Noise

White Noise is a novel by Don Delillo. I am currently reading it and the book is giving me some impressions.
First off, Greg Farrell recently informed me that Don Delillo personally discredits any of his own work prior to White Noise (1985). Farrell stat… Read the rest

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think tank for human beings in general

think tank for human beings in general

Perhaps it was the quiet of the Ohio suburbs that stirred Jordan Castro and Richard Wehrenberg Jr. to write ‘think tank for human beings in general.’ The poems in this self-published chapbook take aim at boredom and complacency, combati… Read the rest

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Easy Jaws

Easy Jaws

Easy Jaws is a new zine of “slow cookin” and “slow eatin” edited and published by Sam Bett of Lava Roll Press. Inside, one finds an array of anecdotes, recipes, stories and essays about topics such as raising your own egg laying hens, slow roasting loin of… Read the rest

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