Monthly Archive: May, 2013

CCLaP Fridays: Nebula Awards Showcase 2013, edited by Catherine Asaro

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Today at CCLaP, Karl Wolff reviews the “Nebula Awards Showcase 2013,” edited by Catherine Asaro, a solid anthology of mainstream science fiction and fantasy writing from Nebula winners and nominees; also “Sauerkraut Station” totally rocks and there’s some bathypunk.

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The NSFW Files: “Our Lady of the Flowers,” by Jean Genet

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This week at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, I review Our Lady of the Flowers, by Jean Genet, about a drag queen hanging around with criminals and murderers in pre-World War 2 Paris, along with being a classic of the Western Canon.

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CCLaP Mini-review: “The Creative Fire,” by Brenda Cooper

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My mini-review of The Creative Fire, by Brenda Cooper, a book with grand ideas and bland writing.

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Debtors’ Prison, by Robert Kuttner @ NYJB

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Over at NYJB, I review Robert Kuttner’s “Debtors’ Prison”, a book that explains why a multinational bank will get a bail-out but young people with students loan debt and homeowners with mortgages get the shaft.

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Driftless Area Review Metapost

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A general update on the business of the Driftless Area Review blog.

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CCLaP Fridays: The Conduct of Saints, by Christopher Davis

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This week at CCLaP, I review the Conduct of Saints, by Christopher Davis, a historical novel set in the immediate aftermath of postwar Italy involving a self-tortured hero reminiscent of Graham Greene’s novels.

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CCLaP Fridays: Boston Noir 2: the Classics, edited by Dennis Lehane, Mary Cotton, and Jaime Clarke

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Today’s book review: Dennis Lehane and others edit “Boston Noir 2: the Classics,” bringing together a collection of Boston’s dark side, ranging from hard-boiled whodunits, out of print classics, and an excerpt from “Infinite Jest.” Says reviewer Karl Wolff: “For those unfamiliar with Greater Boston and its literary heritage, [this book] is a great place to start.”

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Translation Tuesdays: The Flying Creatures of Fra Angelico, by Antonio Tarbucchi

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Orphans, prodigies, larvae, and ghosts inhabit Antonio Tarbucchi’s short stories in his collection, The Flying Creatures of Fra Angelico.

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Act of Congress, by Robert G. Kaiser @ NYJB

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Robert G. Kaiser, a veteran reporter for the Washington Post, has written a magisterial account of how Congress is broken with “Act of Congress.”

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The NSFW Files: The Story of the Eye, by Georges Bataille

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In this week’s installment of CCLaP’s “The NSFW Files,” Karl Wolff investigates the 1928 Georges Bataille shocker, “Story of the Eye,” a very early precursor to bizarro fiction.

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