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If you’re reading this by Trent Reedy

Mike was seven when his father was killed in mysterious circumstances in Afghanistan. Eight years later, the family still hasn’t recovered: Mike’s mom is overworked and overprotective; his younger sister Mary feels no connection to the father she barely remembers; and in his quest to be “the man of the family,” Mike knows he’s missing out on everyday high school life. 403 more words


The Tusk That Did The Damage - Tania James

This book was received through the aegis of Penguin Random House India in exchange of an honest review

Stories that deal with the animal-human conflict in India began and ended with the wonderful memoirs of the much revered Jim Corbett written decades ago. 1,006 more words

Books I Read

Poem 'Winter Morning' Published in The Narrator

One of my new poems, ‘Winter Morning’ was recently published in the online independent journal The Narrator, Volume 2.1. There are many great essays, poems and short stories in this beautiful issue. 136 more words


“See the moon? It hates us.”

-Donald Barthelme



Last week I raced read the hyped Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum. From Goodreads:

Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband Bruno and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. 358 more words


The importance of human bonds in a world short of people

Here’s a recent review I wrote for the Irish Examiner

Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel
Picador; £11.99
Review: Val Nolan

On a snowy winter’s evening in Toronto, a famous actor named Arthur Leander dies on stage during a performance of… 625 more words


Frontal Attack: Outlander's Indisputable Fascination with Control

Watching Episode 12 of Starz “Outlander” series on Saturday night–the popular adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s first novel in her bestselling historical/time slip series about a British nurse in 1945 traveling back in time to the Scotland of 1743–forced me to think about one of our greatest fears as individuals: the fact that someone may be laughing at us–owning our pride in ourselves. 1,086 more words

Contemporary Literature