Tag Archive: drugs

American Odd: Conspiranoia!: the Mother of All Conspiracy Theories, by Devon Jackson

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This week I continue my American Odd essay series with a look at Conspiranoia!: the Mother of All Conspiracy Theories, by Devon Jackson. It’s the essay the UFO nazi Bilderbergers don’t want you to read … or do they?

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Happy Mutant Baby Pills, by Jerry Stahl @ NYJB

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At NYJB, I review Happy Mutant Baby Pills, by Jerry Stahl, “. . . a comical descent into the carefully choreographed madness of contemporary American culture.”

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The Sound of Things Falling, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez @ NYJB

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At NYJB, I review The Sound of Things Falling, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, a beautiful and strange entry into the literature of the Drug War.

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CCLaP Fridays: The Blue Kind, by Kathryn Born

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Today’s book review: “The Blue Kind,” a dystopian drug novel by Chicago-area author Kathryn Born, and put out by academic imprint Switchgrass. Says reviewer Karl Wolff, “More novelists writing in science fiction should take these kinds of chances.”

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CCLaP Fridays: Dire Salvation, by Charles Neff

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This week, Karl Wolff reviews a mystery set in a small town in Washington state involving designer drugs, a Native American social worker, and a suspicious computer hacker.

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An Interview with Marc Schuster

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What inspired you to write The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom and Super Girl? I was working on a paper in graduate school when I started reading a pair of books called The… Continue reading

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The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom & Party Girl, by Marc Schuster

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Audrey Corcoran is unhappy, affected by the vague nameless malaise that creeps into those with thwarted ambitions and unrealized desires.  Audrey works at Eating Out, a “shopper magazine” one usually sees in grocery… Continue reading

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The Reckoning by Howard Owen

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In Howard Owen’s ninth novel, The Reckoning, the lives of George James and Freeman Hawk meet again after decades of separation.  Freeman was an African-American civil rights activist who fled to Canada to… Continue reading

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Elysiana by Chris Knopf

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The novel Elysiana is about the eponymous barrier island off the coast of South Jersey.  Chris Knopf, known for the Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery novels, has written a self-contained novel set in the… Continue reading

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I Think, Therefore Who Am I?: Memoir of a Psychedelic Year, by Peter Weissman

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In the film The Limey (Steven Soderbergh, 1999), the record producer Terry Valentine offers his girlfriend an evocative speech describing the Sixties. “Did you ever dream about a place you never really recall… Continue reading

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