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Enrique Freeque
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<i>Telling Stories</i> by One of Living Literature's Sharpest Storytellers, JOAN DIDION
'IN the fall of 1954, when I was nineteen and a junior at Berkeley, I was one of perhaps a dozen students admitted to the late Mark Schorer's English 106A ... English 106A was widely regarded in the fall of 1954 as a kind of sacramental experience, an initi...

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"Escapement" by J. G. Ballard
I'm seeing, sensing, surviving the preternatural prescience and all-too-real surrealism of J.G. Ballard .  In one of his first published short stories, for instance, his gem "Escapement" (1956), a man watching the tele with his wife experiences a bizarre hi...

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Appreciating Gray Foy's Jacket Painting for <i>Lilith</i> by J. R. Salamanca
Within the infinitude of available Lilith literature, seldom does J. R. Salamanca's *  (1922-2013) name or contribution to it — his novel  Lilith —   reap more than a footnote or brief mention in its evolving lore.  Rarer, still, is proper recognition affor...

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<i>The Hucksters</i> by Frederic Wakeman
Found The Hucksters by Frederic Wakeman last month at the Bookman in Orange.   The dust jacket design caught my eye.  Though the cover designer's signature got torn off at the bottom right corner as you can see below, a friend was able to quickly identify i...

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<i>The Apes of God</i> by Wyndham Lewis: Time to Re-Read this Beast in 2017!
In this absurd sociopolitical climate we live & breathe in everyday here in the States, choking from the befouled air so malodorous with corruption that we must don our imported WWI gas masks in order to salvage and breathe whatever decaying virtues, untouc...

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<i>The Suspect</i> by L. R. Wright
Finished L.R. Wright's first mystery novel The Suspect (her fourth published novel) and I've the unrelenting suspicion that it is a perfect book.  At first I wouldn't give it ten out of ten stars, I thought to myself that maybe I'd give it nine, or 9.5, onl...

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A.M. Homes' autograph (<i>Things You Should Know: A Collection of Stories</i>)
I remember reading  Salon's  1996 interview with David Foster Wallace about five years after it'd been published — this was just after DFW had been hired by the Claremont Colleges and the  L.A. Times  had run an interesting piece on his work and arrival to ...

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Tara Henley on Emily Witt's <i>Future Sex</i>
Fifteen years ago, I was a young music critic spending time in New York, discovering that a number of men in the industry wanted to have sex with me.  I figured this out because they said things like "I want to have sex with you". . . . ~ Tara Henley , from...

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Publisher's promotional correspondence from William T. Vollmann's <i>The Rifles</i>
The Rifles was the ninth book William T. Vollmann  published when it came out in 1994; an impressive literary output for the then thirty-four year old, who even this early on in his career was clearly more ambitious and driven to write than probably all of ...

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A. M. Homes' autograph (<i>Jack</i>)
I love A. M. Homes. I love her for her novels, yes.  Try reading  The End of Alice  someday (unless you're chickenshit) and you'll never be the same.  I do not condone, but can understand, why The End of Alice , a virtual hi-def cracked mirror of victimizat...
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