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Thursday, September 7 2006

Behind Impetus Press: An Interview with Jennifer Banash and Willy Blackmore

'We founded Impetus Press because [we believe] there are a lot of readers who don't necessarily want to choose exclusively between highbrow and lowbrow, who want serious literary fiction that takes popular culture as its muse.' PopMatters talks to publishing house revolutionaries Jennifer Banash and Willy Blackmore.


Wednesday, September 6 2006

The Baseball Team Who Saved One Another: An Interview with John Albert

'There's nothing subversive about getting a Mohawk and walking around Silver Lake. When I was 16, if you got a tattoo, it was like, 'What the fuck are you doing?' There was nobody doing that. [Now] everyone is covered in tattoos. It means nothing. Dyeing your hair pink means nothing. Putting a metal post through your nose doesn't mean anything.' Jodie Janella Horn talks to John Albert about music, baseball, James Frey, and punk-rock death.


Friday, September 1 2006

Moby Dick: American Chowder

'Reduced to more practical terms, if Jazz music is gumbo -- and it is -- the archetypal American novel, with Moby Dick as its progenitor and arguably its apotheosis, is a chowder.' Sean Murphy takes a new look at an old classic.


Thursday, August 31 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Opera has undergone numerous revisions throughout its history, indeed ever since its inception in the late Renaissance. Gallo reminds us, albeit at a breathtaking pace, that it opera hardly an unchanging art-form with an ageless essence.


Friday, August 18 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Mary M. Dalton and Laura R. Linder; The Garbageman and the Prostitute by Zack Wentz


Thursday, August 17 2006

Vigilance: An Interview with Lillian Faderman

Lillian Faderman might be described as a cat who roars. Soft-spoken, attentive, and highly intelligent, she's made her name as an academic and activist.


Vigilance: An Interview with Lillian Faderman

Lillian Faderman might be described as a cat who roars. Soft-spoken, attentive, and highly intelligent, she's made her name as an academic and activist.


Thursday, August 3 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design -- It's not that we're necessarily special, we're simply a strong statistical probability.


Friday, July 28 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Istanbul: Memories of a City -- His Istanbul is a cry against the city itself and all that it contains being forgotten.


Tuesday, July 25 2006

All Guts, All Glory: A Tribute to Mickey Spillane

'You don't read Mickey Spillane. You LIVE him.' Bill Gibron's tribute to the author of blue-collar bluster and potboiler poetry.


Friday, July 21 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Special Edition: Upcoming releases from Bloodaxe Books and Dufour Editions.


Friday, July 14 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

FAB: A Novel -- FAB places the reader at dinner opposite a woman who talks ceaselessly about herself, but rarely reveals anything genuine -- leading the captive to wonder, 'Is there substance here?'


Friday, June 30 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Amy Hempel; Lenny Bruce Is Dead by Jonathan Goldstein; Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart


Cubicle Comedy: Interview with Pete Flies

'Success is an act. I think it's funny when people say, 'I could never be an actor,' and it's what we do all the time, in work, relationships, life in general.' Inspired as much by Voltaire's Candide as Mike Judge's Office Space, Pete Flies talks about Memoirs of a Virus Programmer.


Wednesday, June 28 2006

You Don’t Know What You Think You Know: An Interview with Museum of Hoaxes Curator Alex Boese

'The scams that advertisers, politicians, and the media get away with frustrate me enormously, and I often wonder why people allow themselves to be manipulated so easily.' Glenn McDonald talks to author and Hoax Expert, Alex Boese


Friday, June 23 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Long before there were blogs, before there were even zines, there was Rollerderby, an offbeat mail-out pasted together and distributed from a rented attic in


Friday, June 16 2006

Lessening the Damage: Interview with Dorothy Allison

I started out as a feminist activist when I was about 18 or 19, marching as an anti-war activist and lesbian feminist. Here I am 55 years old, and I'm having to fight for exactly the same issues all over again, with an enemy, an implacable enemy, who keeps coming back at me as if we have not been fighting for 35 years to establish these rights..


Friday, June 9 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

How to Leave Work, Raise Children, and Jumpstart Your Career Even if You Haven't Had a Job in Years by Monica Samuels and J.C. Conklin; The Imperfect Mom: Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World by Therese J. Borchard (editor).


Thursday, June 8 2006

Wherever You Go, There You Are: An Interview with Jen Trynin

'Nobody cares about what motivates me to make music. But what people are interested in are extreme situations. And that's what my book was about. That was my version of climbing a mountain.' Jen Trynin talks to Jon Langmead about Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be, a memoir detailing her almost-rise to rock stardom.


Wherever You Go, There You Are: An Interview with Jen Trynin

'Nobody cares about what motivates me to make music. But what people are interested in are extreme situations. And that's what my book was about. That was my version of climbing a mountain.' Jen Trynin talks to Jon Langmead about Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be, a memoir detailing her almost-rise to rock stardom.


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