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  • The Bone Clocks
    ‘The Bone Clocks’ written the imaginative fearless way a novel should be written
    (Current fiction & past quality fiction)Any novel that purports to flirt with schizophrenia, nurtures synesthesia and embraces obsessive-compulsive disorder simply has got to be recommended by Examiner. As you know, the medical profession...
  • 'Quaternity' by Kenneth Mark Hoover
    'Quaternity' by Kenneth Mark Hoover
    To tell the truth, I probably never would have given “Haxan” by Kenneth Mark Hoover a read if it had not been published by ChiZine Publications. This has nothing to do with Hoover, whom I was unfamiliar with when I started that book,...
  • 'Against a Darkening Sky' by Lauren B. Davis
    'Against a Darkening Sky' by Lauren B. Davis
    ChiZine Publications is known for putting out books that are a little off of the beaten path so I was a little surprised when I read the synopsis for “Against a Darkening Sky” by Lauren B. Davis. This book sounded like it may be a...
  • What does it mean to eat with grace
    Book review: 'To Eat With Grace'
    To Eat With Grace: a Selection of Writing about Food from Orion Magazine, Forward by Darra Goldstein, 2014 The Orion Society, 2014, 88 pages. Approaching To Eat With Grace, I braced, expecting to be chastised for never finding a local source of...
  • The Rape of Proserpine
    Sorry, but no, your identities don't matter in Core classes
    At the end of April, four Columbia University students printed an OpEd in the school's newspaper, the Columbia Daily Spectator, entitled, "Our identities matter in Core classrooms." The piece decried the institution's policy of...
  • 'The Stephen Hawking Death Row Fan Club" by R.C. Goodwin
    'The Stephen Hawking Death Row Fan Club" by R.C. Goodwin
    How can you resist a book with a title like “The Stephen Hawking Death Row Fan Club?” I could not resist, at least, and just had to give this collection of short stories by R. C. Goodwin hoping that the stories in the book would live...
  • Splat!
    Albuquerque novelist/book reviewer in North American Review literary conference
    (Current fiction & past quality fiction)An Albuquerque author/critic has been invited by the North American Review to participate in its Bicentennial Creative Writing & Literature Conference on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa...
  • Americana Music Triangle Logo
    Americana Music Triangle launches May 4-8: Celebrates South's music & more
    PROJECT TO FOCUS ON MUSIC, CULTURE AND HISTORY IN THE SOUTHStarting next week fromMonday, May 4th, throughFriday, May 8th, five states (Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas) are kicking off a dedication to the South's music...
  • Portrait of a Man Known as Il Condottiere book cover
    Books: on Jewish and artistic authenticity wrt Georges Perec's first novel
    Shortly after Germany’s surrender in 1945 Dutch painter Han van Meegeren was arrested for collaboration, specifically for selling one of Holland’s national art treasures, a Vermeer painting, to Nazi Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring. Van...
  • Literary Devices
    A great online resource for writers and teachers
    The internet is full of resources for just about any career or hobby. Recently, more and more resources have popped up for individuals in literary or literary-related fields. Digital writing is becoming a growing industry, and in addition to that,...
  • All The Light We Cannot See
    Fiction Pulitzer earned by ‘All The Light We Cannot See’
    (Current fiction & past quality fiction)When the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction went to Anthony Doerr for “All The Light We Cannot See" (Scribner) your Examiner cringed. He’d had the book on his review list last December but...
  • Poet Robert Frost on his 85th birthday. His 1959 interview will be streamed online by Library of Congress
    Famous poets and writers reading their work now online at Library of Congress
    Happy Poetry Month from the Library of Congress!It's celebrating by launching online streaming recordings of renowned poets including Robert Frost, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Lowell, and major prose writers like Kurt Vonnegut.The Library of...
  • 'The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins' by Irvine Welsh
    'The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins' by Irvine Welsh
    I will sometimes pick up a book based solely on the title even though I know nothing about the story. This was the case with “The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins” by Irvine Welsh. I knew nothing about the novel except that the author, whom...
  • My Razzle Dazzle
    The novel ‘My Razzle Dazzle’ explores a truly gay San Francisco
    (Current fiction & past quality fiction)In the current popular mainstream evolution of American society embracing the gay and lesbian world as something that really does exist, few comings out have surfaced as gloriously self-effacing and as...
  • Book Instagram Accounts
    The top ten book accounts you should be following on Instagram
    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Lovers of literature and the written word may disagree with that, but even the most hardcore bookworm can't be reading 24-7. When you want to give your brain a break, there are some amazing book...
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