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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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“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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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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Cooking with Gogol

Cooking with Gogol

In St. Petersburg, Russia in the 1830s, peasant style was fashionable, literature was becoming more democratic, and, somewhat weirdly, the poet of human baseness, Nikolai Gogol, was producing some of the best food writing to be found in the Russian canon. His eerie...

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Interview with Erin Belieu – NIGHTJAR REVIEW

Interview with Erin Belieu – NIGHTJAR REVIEW

Our original goal with Writers Resist (which has since transitioned into Write Our Democracy as its official title due to a dust up about naming rights) was to bring people together in their communities to work toward the goals of defending our democracy from the...

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Why We Fail and How – Los Angeles Review of Books

Why We Fail and How – Los Angeles Review of Books

DIOGENES THE CYNIC (c. 412 BC–323 BC) apparently had to flee his native city of Sinope because he was caught in a scandal involving the defacement of Sinopean currency. He managed to save face, though, and switched from a failing career in counterfeiting to a more...

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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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