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9 Fictional Cities You’ll Want to Move To Right Now

Have you ever loved a book so much you wanted to live in it? I know when I was finished reading Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, I yearned to be a resident in the town of Gilead and smell that fresh Iowan air while gazing at the rich gold landscape. Of course, a version...

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The Case of the Arabic Noirs

The Case of the Arabic Noirs

Cairo: the metal detector beeps. The security man wears a crisp white uniform. He nods and leans back in his chair. The lobby’s red oriental carpet, so worn it’s barely red, leads upstairs to the hotel tavern. Enter the glass doors, where a cat in a smart bow tie and...

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On Unread Books

On Unread Books

I recall, though my recollection may be faulty, a magnificent article by Giorgio Manganelli explaining how a sophisticated reader can know whether a book is worth reading even before he opens it. He wasn’t referring to the capacity often required of a professional...

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“Under-Worldly” Poetry by Kristie Betts Letter

Beginning with a canary and ending with a warning from Eurydice, Under-Worldly gives poetic voice to the subterranean. This hybrid poetry collection examines what lies beneath, moving from water pipes in Michigan, to Colorado boomtown mines or to the emotional...

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“A Seeping Wound” by Darryl Wimberley

The voice of Martha LongFoot takes readers west of Florida’s Suwannee River on a journey of trial and redemption that spans the Jazz Age and Jim Crow, from the comfortable suburbs of New York to the lawless work camps of Florida’s primeval forest.“Darryl Wimberley’s A...

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Menorahs and Jewish history – TheTLS

In AD 70 Titus, at the head of a Roman army, sacked the Temple in Jerusalem in retaliation for a revolt, and carried away the “Temple vessels”, various impedimenta of worship. These included a large seven-branched candelabrum or menorah. The triumphal arch erected in...

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Austenistan | 1843

Austenistan | 1843

Dressed in muslin gowns, they sip Assam tea and nibble on cucumber sandwiches. A maid refills the silver teapot while her mistress and her guests discuss the merits of Lyme Regis over Bath. Outside in the garden, trees drip from a recent shower and birds hop on a damp...

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Paris Review – The Mexican Girl

Jack Kerouac ISSUE 11, WINTER 1955 I had bought my ticket and was waiting for the L.A. bus when all of a sudden I saw the cutest little Mexican girl in slacks come cutting across my sight. She was in one of the buses that had just pulled in with a big sigh of air...

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Eric Hobsbawm (1917–2012)

Eric Hobsbawm (1917–2012)

Eric Hobsbawm was widely acknowledged as the outstanding historian working in the English language of the postwar period. He was never, however, simply a “radical historian,” seeking parallels in the past for his own convictions. Often, he worked against the grain. A...

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“Under-Worldly” Poetry by Kristie Betts Letter

“Under-Worldly” Poetry by Kristie Betts Letter

Beginning with a canary and ending with a warning from Eurydice, Under-Worldly gives poetic voice to the subterranean. This hybrid poetry collection examines what lies beneath, moving from water pipes in Michigan, to Colorado boomtown mines or to the emotional...

“A Seeping Wound” by Darryl Wimberley

“A Seeping Wound” by Darryl Wimberley

The voice of Martha LongFoot takes readers west of Florida’s Suwannee River on a journey of trial and redemption that spans the Jazz Age and Jim Crow, from the comfortable suburbs of New York to the lawless work camps of Florida’s primeval forest.“Darryl Wimberley’s A...

THE PROPHET by Khalil Gibran

THE PROPHET by Khalil Gibran

THE PROPHET is a book of 26 prose poetry essays written in English by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Kahlil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923 by Alfred A. Knopf. It is Gibran's best known work. The Prophet has been translated into over 40...

“FACE” by J. L. Skirvin

“FACE” by J. L. Skirvin

“Is this Heaven’s cloud I sleep on is why my eyes see only white hazy shadows Are you saints floating here? Stop your flight, fair silent beings! Come closer so that I might know your strange faces!” The customized Cessna jet aircraft Sheila Stoffel is piloting...

“Golden City on Fire” by Sherman Smith

“Golden City on Fire” by Sherman Smith

Sherman Smith’s new novel, GOLDEN CITY ON FIRE, is a true pleasure to read. It is a thriller, written as if you were there – at the time of the Great San Francisco earthquake in 1906. It is as if you were suffering the fire and chaos, the heartbreak of such a tragedy....

“The Bridge” by Carol Draime | Elementa Selection

“The Bridge” by Carol Draime | Elementa Selection

When Noah Johnson begins a light-hearted search for Bigfoot, he has no idea what’s in store for him. The creatures are real and far more intelligent than anyone has yet imagined. Climate change has brought drought, and a forest fire becomes a life-and-death battle for...

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