Monthly Archive: April, 2016

CCLaP Fridays: The Subversive Utopia, by Yasir Sakr

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This week I review a specialist text on the interconnection between architecture, urban planning, religion, and politics.

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Forgotten Classics: Life in the Folds, by Henri Michaux @ NYJB

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Life in the Folds by Henri Michaux is “a masterpiece of concision and pain. . . . a literary achievement . . .”

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CCLaP Fridays: Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

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Janet Edwards bucks the trend of YA novels by writing a compelling tale of disability and ambition that is not set in a dystopia.

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Short Takes III: John Updike

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Fun-sized distillations of prose and poetry.  Self-contained nuggets of literary craft. Oliver’s Evolution His parents had not meant to abuse him; they had meant to love him, and did love him.  But Oliver… Continue reading

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Short Takes II: Joyce Carol Oates

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“A Touch of the Flu,” by Joyce Carol Oates.

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Short Takes I: Chinese Poetry

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An early example of poetry by women in China.

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The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State, by Lisa McGirr @ NYJB

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“The War on Alcohol” by Lisa McGirr retells the story of Prohibition with a cocktail of case studies, legal analysis, and a broad scope.

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CCLaP Fridays: Nakamura Reality, by Alex Austin

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“Nakamura Reality” by Alex Austin is about love, loss, and redemption in Southern California.

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More NSFW Files: Tom House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles, by Michael Reynolds

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Tom House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles “celebrates the still transgressive world of gay leathermen and Tom of Finland’s place in Los Angeles’ architectural history.”

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