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Remarks on the Beasts: On Nick Francis Potter’s New Animals

Nick Francis Potter’s New Animals (Subito Press) is a startling book, an unleashing of all-too-human humans and other monsters within wildly conceived spaces. 223 more words

Connecting Dots in Between the Lines: On Gabriel Blackwell's Madeleine E.

A masterfully collaged prose object, Gabriel Blackwell’s Madeleine E. (Outpost19) defies categorization, privileging fusion and hybridity while also openly displaying its parts: essayings on the mind, on identity, on falling, on death, on marriage; obsessively scrutinous, seemingly frame-by-frame analyses of a classic psychological thriller; self-reflexive reveries on writing and, especially, not writing; deconstructions of patriarchy in the form of control of and/or violence against women, whether physical, emotional, psychological, etc. 322 more words

Happy 60th Birthday, Lance Olsen!: 60 Reasons to Celebrate Lance Olsen

I’ve had the deep pleasure of knowing Lance Olsen (for at least seven years now), reviewing his work, interviewing him, teaching one of his books, working as his publicist on three books ( 501 more words

Happy 92nd Birthday, William H. Gass!

On the occasion of William H. Gass’s birthday, I’ve cherry-picked sentences from all of his books: a publishing career spanning five decades. This was no easy task, since his fictions and essays and interviews are troves of meticulously rendered, seemingly sculpted, sentences, each one a delight to the eye, music to the ear. 10,286 more words

A D Jameson & the Avant-Garde

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  1. I’ve been writing exclusively in long-form the past twelve months and become exhausted. Simultaneously, my writing has become more self-conscious, self-reflexive, and unwieldy, constant over-qualifications and anxious tangentials interrupting its focus.
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Ten Musicians Who Could Be Novelists: John Madera on Recording Artists Whose Books He’d Love to Read; Or, A Brief Take on the “Tone-Deaf” Audiophile

De gustibus non est disputandum. Then again, what to do when served a tasteless appetizer when promised a flavorful meal drawn from an eclectic menu? 1,364 more words