Category Archive: short stories

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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Translation Tuesdays: Story of Love in Solitude, by Roger Lewinter

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“[Lewinter’s] unique literary voice . . . is that of an obsessive, a philosopher, and a miniaturist.”

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CCLaP Fridays: Cthulhu Fhtagn! by Ross E. Lockhart

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In this uncertain age filled with terrorism, racial tension, police brutality, and political strongmen, the Lovecraftian Mythos is almost reassuring.

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CCLaP Fridays: Dangerous Stories for Boys, by Christopher Bernard

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This week I review “Dangerous Stories for Boys,” by Christopher Bernard, a fascinating, but ultimately disappointing collection of short stories.

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CCLaP Fridays: Painted Monsters and Other Beasts: Stories, by Orrin Grey

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This week I review the short stories of Orrin Grey, collected in “Painted Monsters and Other Beasts,” where he plumbs the depths of human experience similar to Clive Barker and Jim Thompson.

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Translation Tuesdays: The Curious Case of Dassoukine’s Trousers, by Fouad Laroui @ NYJB

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Fouad Laroui casts his eye on Morocco’s dour political legacy with the scalpel-like precision of a social satirist.

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THE SETH KAUFMAN INTERVIEW

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This year Seth Kaufman released “The War on Boredom,” a collection of short stories, and “Nuns with Guns,” a social satire on America’s unhealthy gun obsession. I talked with Seth about reality TV, nuns and guns, and the power of network television.

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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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“Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace,” by David Lipsky

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“Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace,” by David Lipsky offers a unique look into the mind of an amazing writer.

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Commonplace Book: Choice excerpts from “Satanskin,” by James Havoc

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Happy Halloween! Enjoy a few choice excerpts from James Havoc’s cult classic, “Satanskin.”

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