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Check out Joan Hawkins’s review at 3:AM Magazine. An excerpt:

“Some of the stories are long, moving gracefully between present and past lives. Some are quite short, a few pages, that operate like brief shot sequences (rather than fully fleshed out scenes) within the larger movie of the narrator’s life. 134 more words

On 2016

My reading year in review, in which I lament this awful year, is up now at 3:AM.

I’ll be burning thigh bones for the rest of December in the hope of an improved 2017.


Cheerleading with an agenda: how the press covers science By Yarden Katz 3:AM Magazine

In 1894, science fiction writer, journalist and eugenics proponent H.G. Wells, writing in Nature magazine, called on scientists to “popularize” science. Wells argued that when research costs rise and the state becomes science’s chief patron, scientists can no longer afford to ignore public perceptions: “maintenance of an intelligent exterior interest in current investigation becomes of almost vital importance.” If the public didn’t care about science, then there would not only be “the danger of supplies being cut off,” but also the danger of the public endorsing inquiries “of doubtful value” (ironic, given Wells’ enthusiasm for eugenics). 3,546 more words

Stephen Emmerson's Family Portraits on Steven Fowler's 3 am top reads list

Good times for Stephen Emmerson’s Family Portraits which is if p then q’s first venture into hardback books.

Emmerson is criminally underrated, he should be seen as a major, pioneering figure of the British avant garde and his work from publisher If P Then Q furthers that reputation. 21 more words

If P Then Q

Tristan Foster: Don DeLillo and the obsessions of the lonely

We remain death-bound, this is our only trajectory. That clichéd but critical binary: life and death. The only binary, maybe. Or the only one that matters, because I want to live, I don’t want to die, I want to go on writing this.

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Thoughts on Among the Bieresch by Klaus Hoffer

Sometimes, when I am reading a book that I know I will want to write about, my thoughts about the work at hand take form in the process of reading in a manner that will later inform and direct my review. 209 more words