An Adultery (1987) by Alexander Theroux

by

Alexander Theroux’s name returned to the news with the publication of Laura Worholic; or, The Sexual Intellectual. The 878-page work can be intimidating to readers, especially those unfamiliar with Theroux’s bombastic, encyclopedic, maximalist… Continue reading

Rate this:

The New Comics Anthology (1991), by Daniel Clowes (editor)

by

A stunning collection of comix, from the punk funnies to foreign voices and places in-between. Published in 1991, the chorus of independent voices range from Harvey Pekar to Gary Panter to Art Spiegelman… Continue reading

Rate this:

The Black Doll, by Edward Gorey

by

“The Black Doll” is a screenplay for a silent movie Edward Gorey wanted to make. The screenplay itself is a wonderful mishmash of McGuffins, archeology, masquerade, and comic dread. Heiresses, thieves, the Fiend,… Continue reading

Rate this:

Neuromancer by William Gibson

by

This novel made me fall back in love with science fiction.  Gritty future noir set amidst AI, evil multinationals, and organized crime.  The novel glitters with beautifully written passages, amalgamating techspeak with Japanese,… Continue reading

Rate this:

Flood by Andrew Vachss

by

Reads like a cold bullet out of Hell. Taut, razor sharp prose; tough ferocious heroes and even more ferocious villains. Imagine the bastard stepchild of Jim Thompson and Mickey Spillane fighting the good… Continue reading

Rate this:

From the Vault: The Feejee Mermaid: The Milwaukee Taxidermied Treasure & Others

by

This is an article I wrote in 2005 when I was a graduate student in the Museum Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  My course work involved classes at the Milwaukee Public… Continue reading

Rate this:

Book Review: The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, by C.M. Mayo

by

Mexico has been in the news lately. It has also been part of the literary tsunami following the publication of Roberto Bolaño’s epic 2666. In the section entitled “The Part about the Crimes,”… Continue reading

Rate this:

The Cantos by Ezra Pound, A Critical Appraisal

by

I: The Mount Everest of Modernism “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary The Cantos.  Ezra Pound.  The very mention of those names send shudders down even… Continue reading

Rate this:

The Judging Eye (The Aspect-Emperor, Book One) by R. Scott Bakker

by

A review of R. Scott Bakker’s first volume of his new High Fantasy trilogy The Aspect-Emperor, the follow-up to his widely acclaimed Prince of Nothing trilogy.

Rate this:

Dollhouse Riffs: Riff #2: Bodies, Souls, and the Big Bad

by

“When you will have made him a body without organs, then you will have delivered him from all his automatic reactions and restored him to his true freedom.” Antonin Artaud, “To Have Done… Continue reading

Rate this: