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Bee Thousand by Marc Woodworth

Simultaneously a mythologizing and de-mythologizing book, Bee Thousand demonstrates yet again the power of Faulkner's claim that "the past isn't even past."

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13 Feb 2007 // 7:59 PM

The Polish Woman by Eva Mekler

Long-lost cousin, or impostor capitalizing on family's grief?

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Epitaph for a Tramp and Epitaph for a Dead Beat by David Markson

He's a Hemingway character in a James Cain world, a James Cain world by way of Jack Kerouac.

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11 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

Userlands by Dennis Cooper (Editor)

Pain can take the shape of alienation or substance abuse, but most often it is in the form of eroticized physical violence.

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8 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

Once in a Promised Land by Laila Halaby

9/11 attacks serve as backdrop for Once in a Promised Land about an Arab couple.

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Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for Americas Soul by Edward Humes

Monkey Girl spotlights firestorm over plans to teach intelligent design.

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Gaming by Alexander R. Galloway

Galloway should be commended for his work.

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7 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

Micheners the Name by Robert Vavra

Photos reveal private side of James Michener.

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7 Feb 2007 // 12:00 AM

Dancing to Almendra by Mayra Montero

Dancing to Almendra author plays with the reader by mixing true events of Cuba in the `50s with imaginary ones.

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Meat Puppet Cabaret by Steve Beard

Right up your alley if experimental fiction with a sci-fi bent is your bag. Otherwise, you're in for a bumpy ride.

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My Reality Check Bounced! by Jason Ryan Dorsey

Dorsey has never met a cliché he can't embrace.

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War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today by Max Boot

Someone who is keenly interested in the bigger implications of the strategies and tactics of the war on terror is Max Boot, one of today's most astute observers of RMA, Pentagon-speak for the Revolution in Military Affairs.

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1 Feb 2007 // 8:02 PM

Spit Baths by Greg Downs

Characters in Greg Downs' short stories have lost their way, with love elusive and hope nearly gone.

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1 Feb 2007 // 8:01 PM

Daniel Isnt Talking by Marti Leimbach

The author's own experience with an autistic child clearly translates to her work.

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1 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

Surveillance by Jonathan Raban

Surveillance explores real, imagined problems of homeland security.

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31 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Covering by Kenji Yoshino

"Covering" is the demand "to tone down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream." As Yoshino puts it, we are at a transitional moment in how Americans discriminate.

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Murder City by Michael Lesy

Chicago was a city that appeared to outright celebrate murder.

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30 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone

Lazy, hazy recollections of the '60s hold little insight.

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Underground by Andrew McGahan

Of course, realism and plausibility are not as essential when a novel has some kind of allegorical significance. Which Underground does not.

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29 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Boeing Versus Airbus by John Newhouse

The fight for supremacy between two aircraft-making giants.

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