read and reviewed
16 01 2009
“The Elephant Vanishes” is a collection of subtly odd, twisting stories where the quirks and kinks of life aren’t looked upon as burdens, rather as just another way of being. A young couple, aching with hunger, decide to rob a McDonald’s of burgers and Cokes to assuage their conscience—and appetite. Reduced people deliver Sony TV’s into apartments and offices—uninvited—but yet people refuse to acknowledge them or their televisions. A dancing dwarf is wanted by the leaders of a revolution, for crimes no one remembers or understands.
haruki murakami, reviews, the uncanny
12 12 2008
With his last book, “Tree of Smoke,” Denis Johnson won the National Book Award. So what better to follow up that serious literary work than a pulpish noir crime drama?
denis johnson, noir, reviews
10 10 2008
Though I’m only two stories into Well Tower’s first collection, “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned”, the book is turning into a delightful find. Towers spins his prose with a quirky matter-of-factness making the odd and strange seem at home amongst the norm of everyday life.
drinking, fuck ups, reviews, wells tower
1 05 2008
occasionally, publishers send me books i don’t ask for, but that turn out to be pleasant surprises. humming “Shot in the Dark” right now.
crazy isreali's, reviews, the uncanny
14 04 2008
“Imperial San Francisco” chronicles not only San Francisco’s rise in power and popularity (it’s the second most visited city in America, next to NY), but the effect large urban centers have on the surrounding countryside.
california, environment, garbage, imperialism, reviews, san francisco, uber alles
16 12 2007
Gary Lutz, one of our favorite authors, is back with a new book. This is a short one, mixed with new stuff and older, rare stories.
gary lutz, illicit sex, reviews, weirdness
12 12 2007
Lucky Jim Kingsely Amis Penguin Classics buy at amazon In Lucky Jim, Amis introduces us to Jim Dixon, a junior lecturer at a British college who spends his days fending off the legions of malevolent twits that populate the school. His job is in constant danger, often for good reason. Lucky Jim hits the heights […]
fuck ups, infidelity, kingsely amis, reviews