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Purfect Prose: An Appreciation of Kitty Litterature

It has been said, erroneously, that poets are cat people, novelists dog people. In fact, lots of novelists are into cats. Hilary Mantel included a photo of her cat in her Art of Fiction interview. So did Ali Smith. Hemingway’s home is famous for its clowder of...

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Men Explain Things to Me – Guernica

One evening over dinner, I began to joke, as I often had before, about writing an essay called “Men Explain Things to Me.” Every writer has a stable of ideas that never make it to the racetrack, and I’d been trotting this pony out recreationally every once in a while....

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A Letter from Sam Shepard to Johnny Dark

By Jeffery Gleaves August 2, 2017 CORRESPONDENCE PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE AUTHORS AND THE WITTLIFF COLLECTION. From a September 4, 1990 letter from Sam Shepard, who died last week at the age of seventy-three, to Johnny Dark. Shepard and Dark’s forty-plus years of...

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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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Alexander Solzhenitsyn | The Economist

PEOPLE knew it was there: the vast amazing country of Gulag which, “though scattered in an Archipelago geographically, was, in the psychological sense, fused into a continent—an almost invisible, almost imperceptible country.” Trains went in, and people were sent to...

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Can a Novel Be a Fugue?

By Margot Singer July 31, 2017 ARTS & CULTURE THE FINAL PAGE OF CONTRAPUNCTUS XIV.   Learning to play the piano as a kid, I was not especially fond of Bach. I loved Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorák, Brahms. Bach, on the other hand, hurt my head. Bach had to be...

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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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