Monthly Archives: September 2014

Peter Handke, the Nobel Prize, and the Weight of the World…

Handke, Austria’s (arguably the world’s) greatest living writer, will probably never get the Nobel…and maybe he shouldn’t…or should… For some readers of this piece, the name Peter Handke will probably suggest only  controversy. Handke has spent the last two decades … Continue reading

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The State of Literary Art V: Theory Schmeory…

Do we need a theory of creative writing? Would that save higher education? Uh, nope… (For previous essays in this series, look here, here, here and here.) This essay in the series of essays on Joe David Bellamy’s assessment of American writing ventures into … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Day the Mirror Cried by Saundra Kelley

An interesting olio of tales, vignettes, and short stories with poetry used as a gloss…Kelley’s collection offers nods to Faulkner, Capote, O’Connor, and other Southern legends…. Saundra Kelley’s new book The Day the Mirror Cried reflects a couple of facets … Continue reading

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Book Review: St. Nic, Inc. by S.R. Staley

It’s not Santa Claus vs. the Martians – it’s Santa Claus (sorta) vs. the DEA – which is, come to think of it, almost as nuts… Sam Staley’s latest book is a Christmas story. It’s not, however, the sort of … Continue reading

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The State of Literary Art IV: Fiction that is “Super” – or Maybe Just Superfluous…

What Joe David Bellamy calls “super fiction” may well have led us to the superfluous… (For previous essays in this series, look here, here and here.) After a week away, we return to Joe David Bellamy’s Literary Luxuries: American Writing at the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mercedes Wore Black by Andrea Brunais

Mercedes Wore Black is either a romantic political thriller or a political thriller romance – that’s for the reader to decide… Andrea Brunais is a highly decorated former investigative reporter in Florida. Her new novel, Mercedes Wore Black, reflects her … Continue reading

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Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book: Imagining Reality

Jansson’s brilliance is her understanding that the world of childhood and the world of adulthood are separated by the thinnest of distances – sort of an “It’s just a jump to the left” thing…. Once again my fellow “mad for … Continue reading

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