Monthly Archive: July, 2013

The MP Johnson Interview

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I recently reviewed MP Johnson’s bizarro lit novel, The After-Life Story of Pork Knuckles Malone, a touching tale about a boy who runs away to Green Bay, WI with his favorite pig, Pork Knuckles Malone. I had the privilege of seeing MP Johnson perform live at CONvergence in Bloomington, MN. He read an excerpt of his novel as well as his short, “Berserkoids are here!” We talked about the bizarro genre, pork products from Aldi, and why Lloyd Kaufman hasn’t called.

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The March on Washington, by William P. Jones @ NYRB

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Over at NYJB, I review the March on Washington, about a lesser known leader of the Civil Rights movement, A. Philip Randolph.

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The Richard Melo Interview

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Richard Melo is the author of the new novel, Happy Talk, about gun-toting nursing students and farcical nation-building efforts in Haiti. We discuss nation-building, literary form, and the publishing website Red Lemonade.

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On the Noodle Road, by Jen Lin-Liu @ NYJB

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At the New York Journal of Books, I review On the Noodle Road, by Jen Lin-Liu, which is “. . . a fascinating exploration of some lesser-known corners of the Asian continent and a portrait of a marriage under extreme circumstances . . .”

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The NSFW Files: City of Night, by John Rechy

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This week I review the underground gay classic about hustlers and their world, John Rechy’s City of Night.

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The Peter Anderson Interview, author of “Wheatyard”

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Peter Anderson is the author of Wheatyard which I reviewed at CCLaP. In this interview, we discuss favorite authors, the autobiographical elements of Wheatyard, and the challenges and rewards of being a writer with a corporate job.

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CCLaP Fridays: The Book of Times, by Lesley Alderman

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This week Karl Wolff reviews “The Book of Times,” by Lesley Alderman, a fun and informative look at how we use time in everything from household chores to gadget longevity to digestion time.

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CCLaP Fridays: The Secret of Abdu el Yezdi, by Mark Hodder

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Today at CCLaP: Mark Hodder, master of steampunk, uncorks a ripping yarn full of airships, occultism, murder, and abduction in his latest installment of the Burton and Swinburne Adventures series, “The Secret of Abdu el Yezdi.”

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Controlled Hallucinations, by John Sibley Williams

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Written in spare skeletal prose, Controlled Hallucinations paints surrealistic scenes for the reader by means of suggestion and inference.

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CCLaP Fridays: The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis, Lectures by Ben S. Bernanke

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This week Karl Wolff reviews Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s book, “The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis,” a collection of lectures he had at George Washington University, where he talks about the history of the Fed and its missteps in dealing with the Great Recession.

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