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Mathew Paust
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Intranational man of irony
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A VIEW OF THE CHARLES -- Con Chapman
A recovering addict of the
defunct TV series Boston Legal, I was hoping Con Chapman's cast would
include at least some of the usual suspects in a Boston law firm -
the nutty but lovable aging partner, the silver-tongued courtroom
lion, the stuffy senior par...

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THE COREY FORD SPORTING TREASURY – Chuck Petrie, editor
I can't tell you what time the
bomb went off but I will guess it was shortly after daybreak.
Otherwise I'd probably have been standing, and shrapnel most likely
would have severely wounded me, either directly or as I tiptoed
across the floor getting the hel...

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BLAZE! RED ROCK RAMPAGE – Ben Boulden
For years Ben Boulden has been
interviewing other writers and reviewing their novels for the
magazine Mystery
Scene ,
and on his blog, Gravetapping .
Now he's a novelist, as well. His debut, Blaze!
Red Rock Rampage ,
was published last month by Rough Edges ...

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PLAINSONG – Kent Haruf
I sighed
inwardly when my literary advisor, Fictionaut's
Kitty Boots ,
gave me this assignment : Plainsong ,
by Kent Haruf. I recalled seeing something awhile back about the
book, that it was praised by the folks who matter in the
book-appraising business, ...

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HENRY AND CLARA – Thomas Mallon
Allowing
that Shakespeare earned a karmic pass to choose the timing and form
of his next incarnation for one last shot at giving posterity the definitive
romantic tragedy it hungers for, he (or she), might
well call the new play Henry
and Clara . A bunch of...

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THE PISTOL POETS – Victor Gischler
[ Precautionary
boilerplate: Highly refined readers should know this report aims a
tad lower than optimum on the aesthetic spectrum. It is advised that
readers even vaguely uncertain of their Joycean T aste G rade proceed
with at least a modicum of carefull...

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THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE – Laird Koenig
Thirteen-year-old
Rynn Jacobs, The
Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane ,
deliberately kills her mother and landlady, scares her 16-year-old
boyfriend half to death, and appears to be killing the landlady's son
at the end of this gripping tale. With these cr...

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GIVE US A KISS – Daniel Woodrell v. THE STORIES OF BREECE D'J PANCAKE
My
intention initially for this space was to present an argument solving
the 38-year-old mystery of Breece
D'J Pancake's suicide. I came to my senses soon after an awkward
start when the understanding grabbed hold that anyone pursuing so
asinine a conceit c...

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Death's Honesty (26)
Homer Price had speared the
meatball while Blow was talking, and now he held it above his plate,
face slack, watching sauce drip onto the steaming mound of spaghetti.
He took a deep breath and let it out as he lowered the meatball to
the plate. He cut it in...

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EMOTION AS MEANING: The Literary Case for How We Imagine – Keith M. Opdahl
My
recurring nightmares about college seem to be tapering off—even the
most frequent and most luc id
one. It involves the only class I ever dropped. I was a
third-semester sophomore at the U. of Wis., freshly released from the
Army and eager to redeem the a...
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