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Enrique Freeque
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On visiting a brilliant bookshop yesterday, The Magic Door IV
Yesterday, I finally had the chance to visit a local independent bookshop, The Magic Door IV , that I had been meaning to for years, but its store hours (2:00-8:00 p.m.)* had always made it impractical for me to drop by when I had a regular 8-5 office job w...
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Guest Post: LARRY RILEY's review of <i>The Mad Patagonian</i> by Javier Pedro Zabala
I'll start by saying that I think it's unfortunate that JAVIER PEDRO ZABALA never had a chance to see his work published. The Mad Patagonian (apparently his one and only work) is a massive and extraordinary 1,210 pages of great literature that spans centuri...
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Stella Artois is a Brilliant Beer, but <i>The Mad Patagonian</i> is a Better Book
Happy Father's Day Eve . . . Stay posted for a forthcoming guest review of Javier Pedro Zabala's unparalleled novel The Mad Patagonian . . .
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Non-breezy Summer Reading Recommendations: Overlooked Books from the 20th Century, a Working List in Progress. . .
1901 ... The Eternal City by Hall Caine //  Monsieur de Phocas by Jean Lorrain 1902 ... Lavinia by Rhoda Broughton //  The Supermale by Alfred Jarry // Land  by Olha Kobylianska 1903 ... The Riddle of the Sands by Robert Erskine Childers 1904 ... Jean-Chris...
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Meeting my Grandfather on Route 66: CALIFORNIA
Cover of my grandfather's 1932 notepad  tersely chronicling his journey from California to Missouri and back from Missouri to California along Route 66.   note: the state headings are mine, not my grandfather's.  Numbers in parentheses are my grandfather's....
Meeting my Grandfather on Route 66: CALIFORNIA
Meeting my Grandfather on Route 66: CALIFORNIA
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Currently reading <i>The Mad Patagonian</i> by Javier Pedro Zabala
Who was Javier Pedro Zabala (1950-2002)? Cover art adapted from La Verbena ("The Fair") by Maruja Mallo, 1927 Zabala's translator, Tomas Garcia Guerrero (1937-2016), who died shortly after completing the translation, his first (just as the writer he transla...
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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...
"Escapement" by J. G. Ballard
"Escapement" by J. G. Ballard
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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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