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Pitch black

I should preface this by saying that Robert Coover can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. The highlight of my AWP conference was seeing him read. Needless to say I read Noir in an afternoon. Phil M. Noir, or You (the story is told in second person ), a sardonic drunk, is both… Read more »

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Seriously? a review of Michael Burke’s Swan Dive

I love the PI genre. All of them. But in particular the curvy-plotted, smart-alecky character driven ones. This novel fell into that category. But its short coming was the fact that it so thoroughly clung to the genre itself. This led, at least I think, to the writing being somewhat hackneyed in places. I say,… Read more »

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Senses

“It’s my belief that only experiencing and understanding truly disembodied cognition — only seeing the coldness and deadness and disconnectedness of something that really does deal in pure abstraction, divorced from sensory reality — can snap us out of it. Only this can bring us, quite literally, back to our sense.” (69) “Mind vs. Machine” by Brian… Read more »

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Topography of a Phantom City by Alain Robbe-Grillet (Annotation)

Alain Robbe-Grillet, author of the Nouveau Roman (or New Novel) movement, always challenges readers and their conception of reality. Topography of a Phantom City (out of print) is no exception. Repetition and shifts in point of view and time make this novel a brilliant example of the movement and Robbe-Grillet’s talents in engendering a sense… Read more »

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Data min[d]ing

According to a recent Science Magazine article [abstract] titled Google Opens Books to New Cultural Studies by John Bohannon, Erez Lieberman Aiden, a PhD student, devised software to analyse the words of the scanned books in Google Books without breaking any copyright laws. “By converting the text of the scanned books into a single, massive… Read more »

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AWP & DC

My recent trip to DC in list form with random photos and thoughts. Places I visited in the city: The apartment (my nest for the trip) of my good buddy and long-time friend (since elementary school in Morocco), Jared (proprietor of two comic book stores and Mars Import) The Liberty Tavern Bier Baron (formerly Brikskeller… Read more »

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The Notting Hill Mystery

“Here again events each in itself quite simple and natural, combine to form a story fraught with terrible suspicion.” (567) Such is the story of The Notting Hill Mystery by Charles Felix (Charles Warren Adam). The postmodern nature of the story is striking. Pieces of correspondence, a map of a house, part of a letter,… Read more »

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Lint by Chris Ware (Review)

Lint by Chris Ware Since doing my graduate work in creative writing in which I focused quite a bit on the boundaries (or lack thereof) between art and writing, I’ve been particularly interested in comics & graphic novels. My first experience with Chris Ware was his Jimmy Corrigan: the Smartest Kid on Earth. Since then… Read more »