I grew up in a wealthy, Westside neighborhood and attended schools dreamt up by former hippies. The city's racial metaphor for me felt like a pot of soup with a nice, chef salad, something casual and light and accompanied by a glass of iced tea.
In "Of Song and Water", Joseph Coulson compresses the multigenerational sweep of a family epic into the humble confines of a small novel about middle-aged regret.
Recently I've read a number of memoirs about the terrible things that can happen to ordinary, well-meaning middle-class parents when their children approach adolescence: their offspring can develop eating disorders, run away, or turn into meth addicts, among countless other horrors.
There are 42 short story collections on my bedside table, so to speak. That's how many entries we've had for The Story Prize so far in 2009, and that may be only half the number we're going to get by the end of the year. If the second half were to match the first half, the number of entries this...
Welcome to the Akashic Books Blog.In this online world of #folksonomic hashtags, prose can seem like too much, but still we try.Much much more later...!(Cover image of Joe Meno's DEMONS IN THE SPRING short story collection)
"After Hurricane Katrina, Kanye West said that the Bush administration didn't care about black people, but he left out one adjective: poor. America doesn't care about 'poor black people.' If Denzel Washington had been trapped on a rooftop during the flood, he would have been rescued in five minutes...
We have names for writers as forcefully original as Lutz, none of them flattering: at worst, he's pretentious or inaccessible, while at best he's experimental, a word that always makes the reader-in-waiting wonder if it's her patience that's to be experimented upon.
MuRaList: Yesterday you weren't claiming to have killed someone in your closet.
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Not infrequently, the most convincing testimony to the veracity and potential power of new scientific discoveries is when they're embraced--for profit-driven motives--by corporate America.
Chocolate sprinkles have a name, at least, they do if you are over 40. (I mentioned this last week and will now explain more fully.) If you are over 40, you have probably already said "Jimmies!" and you're right, that's what they're called. Why?The founder of Just Born Candy, famous today for their...