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Pretentious is...?

The following text was originally published in the May/June edition of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet, which also features contributions by Teresa Gillespie, Jonathan Mayhew, Eilis McDonald and Declan Clarke, alongside a report on ‘ 1,295 more words

Pretentiousness: Why it Matters by Dan Fox — Thomas Storey

As insults go, an accusation of pretentiousness can sting more than most, attacking as it does the gap between our self-identity and our self-expression, who we are and the way we project ourselves into the world. 1,453 more words

Book Review

Pretentiousness: Why it Matters, by Dan Fox

As soon as I saw Dan Fox’s Pretentiousness (Fitzcarraldo, 2016) I knew I had to read it.  I knew nothing about the author or the publisher, and it was entirely possible that it would make its case by being a prime example of its subject matter; the austere cover didn’t entirely dispel those misgivings.   774 more words


The Monopoly® man is a strange fellow

Recently I’ve seen two different promotions featuring the Monopoly® man, the older mustachioed gentlemen with the top hat and cane. In the last month or so, his image has been everywhere and on top of that, I needed to come up with his formal, original name for a crossword answer. 606 more words



Pretentiousness: Why it Matters, by Dan Fox. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Coffee House Press, April 2016. 144 pages. $15.95, paper.

In a recent think piece on the… 1,473 more words

Book Reviews

Watch 1st Scene Winner: FLAT PENNIES by Robert Ward

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FLAT PENNIES by Robert Ward


“Flat Pennies” follows a paraplegic man’s internal and outer struggles – from a lonely existence in a dark apartment filled with a sprawling model railroad all the way to finding love, happiness, and sunshine with the next-door neighbor who’s raising a young child and saddled with an abusive ex-husband. 19 more words