Monthly Archive: August, 2013

CCLaP Fridays: Sick Justice: Inside the American Gulag, by Ivan G. Goldman

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This week I review Ivan Goldman’s scathing indictment of the American prison system, “Sick Justice: Inside the American Gulag.” American muckraking at its finest!

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The NSFW Files: Story of O, by Pauline Reage

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This week I continue my ongoing essay series, The NSFW Files, with the controversial classic, The Story of O, by Pauline Reage, about a woman who desires to be dominated.

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Translation Tuesdays: Tyrant Banderas, by Ramón del Valle-Inclán

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“Tyrant Banderas” is a campy and hallucinatory novel that is also accessible to mainstream readers.

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CCLaP Fridays: Island of the White Rose, by R. Ira Harris

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This week I review Island of the White Rose, by R. Ira Harris, about a disillusioned Cuban priest struggling with his moral and political convictions amidst the Batista dictatorship.

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Commonplace Book: Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett

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An excerpt from Sam Beckett’s tragicomedy, Waiting for Godot.

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CCLaP Fridays: God and the Fascists, by Karlheinz Deschner

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This week at CCLaP I review a controversial book, God and the Fascists, by Karlheinz Deschner, that implicates Vatican culpability with several fascist leaders.

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CCLaP Mini-review: “Pyramid of Skulls,” by Martin Fruchtman

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In Pyramid of Skulls: A Novel of Timur, Warrior and Emperor, David is Timur’s court doctor and vizier, who witnesses the intrigues of court and the carnage of the battlefield. While ostensibly a historical novel, I found reading Pyramid of Skulls akin to reading a Warhammer 40K novel or a book from R. Scott Bakker’s epic fantasy series.

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Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch, by Barbara A. Perry @ NYJB

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“Neither heroine nor villainness, Rose Kennedy shines through as an extraordinary human being.”

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CCLaP Fridays: Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh, by Thomas Glave

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Over at CCLaP I review “Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh,” by Thomas Glave, a new anthology of fiction and non-fiction works about prejudice, sexuality, and diaspora.

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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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