Translation Tuesdays: Spells by Michel de Ghelderode @ nyjb

“Spells by Michel de Ghelderode offers a collection of stories both beautiful and loathsome. He represents literature that must be wrestled with to fully appreciate. . . . [it] is literature distilled from despair, nostalgia, and sickness.” Continue reading Translation Tuesdays: Spells by Michel de Ghelderode @ nyjb

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CCLaP Fridays: The Full Catastrophe: Travels Among the New Greek Ruins, by James Angelos

Is Greece the bastion of democracy, philosophy, and the West? Or is it a backward and corrupt regime dominated by inefficient bureaucrats, political extremists, and greedy opportunists? The answer is Yes. Continue reading CCLaP Fridays: The Full Catastrophe: Travels Among the New Greek Ruins, by James Angelos

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The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939–1945, by Nicholas Stargardt @NYJB

“The German War” is an important scholarly achievement in the field of modern German history, and it is written with an epic narrative sweep. Continue reading The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939–1945, by Nicholas Stargardt @NYJB

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After Hitler: The Last Ten Days of World War II in Europe, by Michael Jones @ NYJB

“After Hitler” by Michael Jones is “a brilliant exploration of the final days of the European theater, valuable in its military analysis and generous use of eyewitness accounts.” Continue reading After Hitler: The Last Ten Days of World War II in Europe, by Michael Jones @ NYJB

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American Odd: Conspiranoia!: the Mother of All Conspiracy Theories, by Devon Jackson

This week I continue my American Odd essay series with a look at Conspiranoia!: the Mother of All Conspiracy Theories, by Devon Jackson. It’s the essay the UFO nazi Bilderbergers don’t want you to read … or do they? Continue reading American Odd: Conspiranoia!: the Mother of All Conspiracy Theories, by Devon Jackson

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Podcast Dreadful Episode 2 now live!

Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it’s episode 2 of our special “Podcast Dreadful” 12-part serial-fiction audiobook anthology. This week featuring stories from Davis Schneiderman, Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack, Jason Riley, Karl Wolff and Jacob S. Knabb, with music by Ken Kase and hosted by Christopher Sullivan. Continue reading Podcast Dreadful Episode 2 now live!

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Hav by Jan Morris

Hav by the Welsh travel writer Jan Morris is a very Borgesian work, bringing to mind the Argentinean writer’s love for mirrors and labyrinths.  There is even a character named Dr. Borge and Hav’s major cultural motif is the labyrinth.  Morris achieves distinction in creating a place that goes beyond being a second-rate pastiche of Borges themes.  Unfortunately, the field of science fiction is riddled with examples of good ideas soured when executed.  Poor execution usually involves sloppy writing where the author received payment by the word. New York Review Books has released a stellar volume with Jan Morris’s Hav.  … Continue reading Hav by Jan Morris

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