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Gregory Corso: A Note After Blacking Out

A tribute to an often overlooked poet

3 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Until his death in January of 2001, Gregory Corso was one of America’s greatest living poets, but sadly very few people knew it. And now that he’s passed into the Vast he clearly should be  

Money Where Their Mouth Is

'Milk Money' duo is dedicated to the written word

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Maija Zummo and Ian Wissman want you to think literature is cool. That's one of the reasons they started 'Milk Money,' a handmade literary magazine on the cusp of releasing its fourth issue, entitled 'Weird Workout.' "If you want to read something that's cool, pick up a literary magazine that's cool," Zummo says.  

Marching to a Different Beat

Beat poet Gregory Corso subject of a UC festival

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The festival in tribute to poet Gregory Corso, often called "the Last Beat," will consider his work and legacy through an art exhibition, lecture, poetry reading, an evening of music and the film. The term "last," in regards to Corso, refers to the fact he outlived other Beat writers, notably Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.  

The Best of Sexology (Review)

Craig Yoe, Editor (Running Press)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Founded in 1933 by Hugo Gernsback, 'Sexology' is said to be the first sex-related magazine to achieve widespread (relatively speaking) circulation in the United States. Not familiar? You're not alone.  

The Dart League King (Review)

Keith Lee Morris (Tin House Book)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Keith Lee Morris' second book takes place entirely at a championship darts match on a single night in Idaho in June of 2007. Surprisingly for such a narrowly focused work, it's as compelling a novel as I've read all year.  

Old Masters, New World (Review)

Cynthia Saltzman (Viking)

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
We go to our American art museums and dutifully pass the Old Masters' paintings, nonchalant about them being on display here rather than Italy, Spain, Germany, England, France, Netherlands or the other European countries where those great painters lived centuries ago.   

The Good Thief (Review)

Hannah Tinti (Random House)

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Adolescent Ren has little at the start of the Good Thief: a stump in place of his hand, a first name but no last, a question mark in place of his past and an uncertain future. Orphaned as an infant, Ren's only family are the other lost boys at Saint Anthony's monastery.  

Depraved and Desperate

Donald Ray Pollock’s Knockemstiff illuminates troubled small-town lives

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Knockemstiff, Ohio, is a place where bony dudes, emboldened after swigging whiskey from car ashtrays, flatten men three times their size in drive-in bathrooms. It's place where acne-riddled teenagers flee abusive fathers in favor of overweight, speed-popping homosexual truck drivers. At least that’s the Knockemstiff we get in Donald Ray Pollock’s widely-praised debut collection of short stories, aptly titled "Knockemstiff," published earlier this year.   

American Wife (Review)

Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House)

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Earlier this year, I went to my cousin's wedding. It was a seriously Republican crowd. The only Democrat I met all weekend used to babysit the Bush twins. At a bridal luncheon given by a friend of the family well into her sixties, I was surprised to find a copy of Cincinnati native Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep. I was even more surprised to hear the hostess had read and enjoyed it.   

The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder (Review)

Vincent Bugliosi (Perseus Publishing)

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Vincent Bugliosi's thesis is that President Bush should be tried for conspiracy to commit murder over his misstatements (lies, in Bugliosi's eyes) that created the pretext for the 2003 Iraq invasion.  

Linguistic Vitality

Clay Poetry series returns at Weston Art Gallery

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Notions of how a voice achieves agency in the world. Its linguistic vitality is incredible. All the things that bring pleasure in poetry are there the texture of a particular voice, complex prosody, anaphor, sophisticated rhyme schemes and explosive punning.   

East Meets West Coast

East Meets West Coast Los Angeles-based author Lisa See uses her past to uncover hidden history

1 Comment · Tuesday, September 23, 2008
the Year, the Chinese American History Makers award, but the one that meant the most to me, that told me I had really been accepted, was I got to be a judge for the Miss Chinatown pageant.” In college she was a Modern Greek Studies major, which she says taught her the “pleasures and surprises” of research.   

Still Alive (Review)

Herbert Gold (Arcade)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Herbert Gold is a Buckeye, born and raised in the Cleveland area, but he's lived in California for many years and is one of the last of the San Francisco beatniks. This memoir on his life is smart, crisp and feisty. Perhaps he's a bit all over the place, but that's part of the fun.   

Mine All Mine (Review)

Adam Davies (Riverhead Trade)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2008
True to style, Adam Davies (author of "The Frog Prince" and "Goodbye Lemon") has penned another masterfully precise depiction of the guy who can't win for losing. This time it's poor Otto Starks, whose life these days sadly resembles a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book gone dreadfully wrong.  

The Enchantress of Florence (Review)

Salman Rushdie (Random House)

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Things to keep in mind when starting a Salman Rushdie novel: It's difficult, if not impossible, to understand everything during a first reading; the bawdy language is as much a device as the plot itself; and, most importantly, Sir Rushdie is consistently lighthearted, despite the heaviness of his subjects. His newest book is no exception.