CCLaP Fridays: Painted Monsters and Other Beasts: Stories, by Orrin Grey

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This week I review the short stories of Orrin Grey, collected in “Painted Monsters and Other Beasts,” where he plumbs the depths of human experience similar to Clive Barker and Jim Thompson.

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Reader Resources?

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Reader Resources? The Driftless Area Review explains.

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CCLaP Fridays: TRUMPED! Beyond Politically Correct, by Peter Davidson

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It’s just a collection of outdated Dad Jokes. Don’t bother.

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Translation Tuesdays: The Curious Case of Dassoukine’s Trousers, by Fouad Laroui @ NYJB

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Fouad Laroui casts his eye on Morocco’s dour political legacy with the scalpel-like precision of a social satirist.

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Translation Tuesdays: In the Cafe of Lost Youth, by Patrick Modiano @ NYJB

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Patrick Modiano goes beyond the checklist accuracies of historical fiction, fashioning a lush fever dream filled with glamor, mystery, and despair.

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Commonplace Book/Translation Tuesdays: Elias Canetti on minds and monsters

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Compelling passages, notable quotables, bon mots, disjecta, ephemera, and miscellany. I admire those very broad people who through the decades become broader and broader yet do not give in. But the unyieldingly narrow… Continue reading

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Commonplace Book: G.K. Chesterton on politicians

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English conservative Catholic writer GK Chesterton tells us what’s wrong with the world … especially politicians.

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The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Forest, by Mark Z. Danielewski @NYJB

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The saga of Xanther and her cat continue in “The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Woods,” by Mark Z. Danielewski. But questions arise when her father Anwar takes them to the vet. The vet tells Xanther that her puff of white fur isn’t a cat at all, but a dog. It isn’t just born, but very old. It also belongs to someone else.

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The Mizrahi Era of Rebellion: Israel’s Forgotten Civil Rights Struggle 1948–1966 (Contemporary Issues in the Middle East), by Bryan K. Roby @ NYJB

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“The Mizrahi Era of Rebellion: Israel’s Forgotten Civil Rights Struggle 1948–1966 (Contemporary Issues in the Middle East),” by Bryan K. Roby seeks to complicate this simplified vision of Israeli history.

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CCLaP Fridays: Kinda Sorta American Dream, by Steve Karas

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This week I review “Kinda Sorta American Dream,” by Steve Karas, a short story collection poised between comedy and apocalypse.

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