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V.23 No.15 | 4/10/2014

Book Review

Letters, Lovers and Time Travel

The Light and the Dark

Shiskin is considered that country’s greatest living novelist. The Light and the Dark may not be as long as some of the Russian classics, but it is as large in its scope. It’s by turns engaging, confusing and erudite.

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V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014

Book Review

The Age of Innocence Lost

Kicking the Sky

“I can pinpoint the very moment it all started to change, when the calm broke: when news that twelve-year-old Emanuel Jaques had disappeared spread through our neighborhood in the whispered prayers of women returning from Mass.”

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V.23 No.8 | 2/20/2014

Book Review

Apartheid’s Aperture

Double Negative

Double Negative, Ivan Vladislavic’s fourth novel, accounts for chunks of time in the life of Neville Lister, an anti-war, anti-apartheid, consummate college dropout living with his parents in '80s Johannesburg.

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V.23 No.5 | 1/30/2014

Book Review

The Malvinas Strike Back

The Islands

Just pages into Argentinian author Carlos Gamerro’s sprawling, genre-bending novel The Islands, we meet one of the most chilling and repulsive characters in contemporary literature.

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V.22 No.45 | 11/7/2013

Book Review

Download Real Life Here

The Circle

This week's book review.

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V.22 No.44 | 10/31/2013

Feature

The Other Lodgers

A tale of supernatural terror

“In order to take that train,” said Colonel Levering, sitting in the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, “you will have to remain nearly all night in Atlanta. That is a fine city, but I advise you not to put up at the Breathitt House, one of the principal hotels. ...”

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V.22 No.42 | 10/17/2013

Get Lit

Historically Stating

From cowboys to casinos to Commies, three enchanting books grapple with history on the large and small scale.

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Book Review

Shepherd of Sin

Father Meme

In a short, complex narrative that relies on the second person, Father Meme tells the story of three Native youths who suffered and survived abuse at the hands of a priest.

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V.22 No.41 | 10/10/2013

Book Review

Overexposed Polyamorous Photographer

Found Objects

At first, the ménage à trois is a mutually satisfying arrangement. But ...

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V.22 No.40 | 10/3/2013

Book Review

Memory is a Fickle Companion

Sanctuary Line

The memories of narrator Liz Crane, a 40-year-old entomologist, form the basis of a richly woven story of several generations.

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V.22 No.39 | 9/26/2013

Book Review

It All Starts and Ends and Starts Again

The Lowland

The Lowland, Jhumpha Lahiri’s first novel in ten years, continually plays with the question of origin.

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V.22 No.35 | 8/29/2013

Book Review

Drifting Toward the Surface

A Marker to Measure Drift

Jacqueline walks the beautiful beaches of the Aegean Sea every day, watching tourists sunbathe, but she also battles constant hunger and a horrific past.

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V.22 No.33 | 8/15/2013
Jack Handey
Brad Wilson

Arts Feature

Jack Handey is Real

And he is funnier than you

The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure

To all would-be comedians: Jack Handey of “Deep Thoughts” fame did it 30 years ago, he did it smarter than you, and he continues to be funnier than you.

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