CCLaP Fridays: NSFW Files … the Book! Coming out next Monday (1/19/15)

The NSFW Files includes essays on erotica written by a Nobel laureate, an outsider artist, a surrealist, and a French prisoner, among many more. Most important, the essay collection offers an answer to the question, “What dirty book should I read next?” Continue reading CCLaP Fridays: NSFW Files … the Book! Coming out next Monday (1/19/15)

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Apocryphal by Lisa Marie Basile @ thethepoetryblog

Lisa Marie Basile’s “Apocryphal” exists in that Nabokovian twilight between childhood and adulthood. Between these realms one confronts monsters and the monolithic oppression of tradition. This is “Alice in Wonderland” re-imagined as a harrowing nightmare journey, a poodle-skirted damsel thrown into the jaws of a slavering beast, who may be the speaker’s father. What remains are fragments, memories, and fantasies strewn about or reconfigured. Continue reading Apocryphal by Lisa Marie Basile @ thethepoetryblog

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Commonplace Book: Belize describes Heaven to Roy Cohn

A final hurray to MP Johnson Week with an excerpt from Angels in America, by Tony Kushner. The Characters BELIZE, a former drag queen and former lover of Prior’s. A registered nurse. Belize’s name was originally Norman Arriaga; Belize is a drag name that stuck. ROY M. COHN, a successful New York lawyer and unofficial power broker, now facing disbarment and dying of AIDS. ROY: Let me ask you something, sir. BELIZE: Sir? ROY: What’s it like? After? BELIZE: After …? ROY: The misery ends. BELIZE: Hell or Heaven? (Roy stares at Belize.) BELIZE: Like San Francisco. ROY: A city. … Continue reading Commonplace Book: Belize describes Heaven to Roy Cohn

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