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The Valley Unpleasant in 'Mount Pleasant'

Ruined by blind ambition, Mount Pleasant stands as a cautionary tale to any writer possessed of more aspiration than art.

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'Til Human Faces Wake Us: Don DeLillo's 'Zero K'

For all that it is cold and disquieting, DeLillo's latest is also his most sincere -- his most human -- meditation on death yet.

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'The Regional Office is Under Attack' Suffers an Identity Crisis

There's something ugly at the heart of this story of superheroics, something that utterly conflicts with the book's sometimes better nature.

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The Empty Apocalypse of Style

Muslim's short story collection, Age of Blight, is conceptually interesting but stylistically and thematically shallow.

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'Hurt People', Fractured Book

There are sinister elements at work in Cote Smith's debut novel that mark it as an honest horror story of the best kind. If only they didn't also compromise it so fundamentally.

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On the Meaningful Nonsense in 'Jottings From a Far Away Place'

Formally inventive, beautifully written and thematically dense, Brendan Connell's latest collection is a multi-layered anthology that compels multiple readings.

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Reality Itself Is Malevolent in Thomas Ligotti's Work

Ligotti's stories seem almost violently unpalatable. They afford neither easy resolutions nor the seemingly ambiguous but ultimately fulfilling pleasures of so many mystery stories.

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Tijuana Panthers: Posters

Poster's sepia-tinted surf rock glides along with all the grace of a surfer atop a too-calm ocean.

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'Muse' Is a Story Not About Love, but About Worship

Johnathan Galassi's send-up to the publishing industry and his own past offers nothing to the tradition it so lionizes.

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HOLY: Stabs

Stabs is too conservative a psychedelic album to stand out but provides some easy fun while it lasts.

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Color Therapy: Mr. Wolf Is Dead

If you're looking for mood-music and a soporific, look no further! Color Therapy's here to put you to sleep and exercise any of those unwanted emotions!

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'Litpop - Writing and Popular Music' Suffocates From a Lack of the Lively Air of Opinion

This anthology is meant to study two of the most lively artistic fields on the planet, and yet it's bogged down by articles of no great substance and no great joy.

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