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Review: Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O’Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death. This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinises territory familiar to her readers: race, faith, and morality. 284 more words

Book Review

The Gold Rush | Nashville, TN

“Almost there. Sorry took forever.” I read the text and click my phone off, and I stand and walk to the bar and order a drink. 1,075 more words


He had worked on the box a long time, and when he finished it he had scratched on the top, MASON TARWATER, WITH GOD, and had climbed into it where it stood on the back porch and had lain there for some time, nothing showing but his stomach which rose over the top like overleavened bread.

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Killer Joe (2012)

First published by movieScope

Drawn, like William Friedkin’s previous feature Bug (2006), from a play by Tracy Letts, this bucket of southern gothic is a Coen-esque caper of small-town double-crosses that starts off trailer-trash tawdry, before steadily gearing down into truly unhinged realms—even for the Texas hinterlands. 196 more words

Chapter IV: Haint Blue

In which Ron Holbrooke delivers a message, and Devin encounters a hauntingly familiar scent…



Brittle Innings (1994) by Michael Bishop

The afternoon’s fractured dazzle hung on us like warm honey, golden and clingy (43).

…and sweet and sticky, cloying and suffocating. An apt description for a novel thick with the muggy, oppressive climate of the southern United States in the midst of World War II and at the height of baseball season, where nostalgia ambers and crystallizes the past, but stops short of sweetening reality. 705 more words

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'from the dark maw of the bayou' BOOK REVIEW: THE MARAUDERS BY TOM COOPER

Ohmygawd! Writers like Tom Cooper make me want to run out, arm flailing like spaghetti flung across the room at the vaudeville-esque made guy’s face, croaking in unadulterated joy, out of my comfort zone. 693 more words