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October 2009

White Noise in the Kitchen Supplies Aisle

Postmodernism in the 21st Century: Coming Soon to a Grocery Store Near You!


Uglier Than a Monkey’s Armpit

It has been an irrepressible activity since the dawn of man: to heap insults on enemies, rivals, neighbors, and even friends. Despite the ubiquitousness of


‘Bending Towards the Sun’ and Why Blacks & Jews Must Pray Together

"As Uncle Max took Nachum's lifeless body out of my mother's trembling arms, I closed my eyes and pretended that what was happening was not real. Nachum's death left 13 of us in the attic, at least for the time being." -- Rita Lurie, Holocaust survivor


Lessons Learned From Banned Books

Today caps off this year’s Banned Books Week, the one week wherein reading rebels celebrate their right to read whatever they desire. The American


September 2009

The Power of Kindess: “Shop A Little Bit Richer”

If you were lucky enough to wander into McNally Jackson Books in New York City on 30 September, employees from the Tarcher imprint at Penguin handed


Wake in Fright all over again

Grant felt himself exposed in no man’s land. There was no avenue of retreat and the enemy was invisible and unassailable. His supports had


Revisiting Roughneck

At least once a year I re-read Roughneck (Knopf, originally published in 1954), the second volume of noir author Jim Thompson’s autobiography. I first found


Viva Las Vegas

Las Vegas can be a scary place to live, sort of like Bakersfield except with continuous sunshine and slot machines in every corner market. William


Lovesong by Elizabeth Jolley

I was reading a secondhand library-sale copy of Elizabeth Jolley’s 1997 novel Lovesong when it came to me, somewhere around page 90, that this book was


Nine Booze-Soaked Books

Putting aside obvious selections like Charles R. Jackson’s The Lost Weekend, Malcolm Lowry’s harrowing Under the Volcano, or essentially anything written by Charles


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