Category Archive: fiction

The Familiar, Volume 5: Redwood, by Mark Z. Danielewski @ NYJB

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If William Gibson, Michael Connelly, and Neil Gaiman wrote a series, it might end up looking like The Familiar.

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The Familiar, Volume 4: Hades, by Mark Z. Danielewski @ NYJB

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“The Familiar” series weaves a series of interrelated narratives together. It combines different genres and styles, ranging from hard-boiled Los Angeles noir to stream-of-consciousness psychological introspection. It is referential and self-referential with typographic experimentation and excesses. At times the traditional arrangement of paragraphs shatter, explode, or blur. In other instances the words form pictures, the boundaries between word and image disappearing altogether.

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Commotion of the Birds: New Poems by John Ashbery

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In John Ashbery’s final book of poetry “Images coagulate and dissolve in a kaleidoscope of language.”

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Translation Tuesdays: For Two Thousand Years @ NYJB

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“For Two Thousand Years” by Mihail Sebastian is a hidden gem in European literature, shining a light on what happened in Romania between the wars.

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Blog Update for October 2017

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CCLaP Links Not Working? Since 2012 I have reviewed books for the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP). Recently CCLaP has moved its website to a new WordPress platform. If you haven’t… Continue reading

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Lead Poisoning: The Pencil Art of Geof Darrow @ NYJB

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“Lead Poisoning” is a fantastic voyage into the head of an artistic visionary.

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Season of Crimson Blossoms by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim @ NYJB

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“Season of Crimson Blossoms” by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim represents “a talented new voice in contemporary Nigerian literature.”

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Translation Tuesdays: Vampire in Love, by Enrique Vila-Matas

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“Vampire in Love” represents another innovative voice in Spanish language literature. With this collection, Vila-Matas can join the likes of Roberto Bolaño, Severo Sarduy, and Carlos Fuentes.

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Fourscore Phantasmagores, by Rupert Bottenberg

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Make sure to bring “Fourscore Phantasmagores” along for Tabletop Day 2017!

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CCLaP Fridays: Legion on FX

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“Legion” is the best show on TV.

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