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Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk Edition

June 30th, 2011

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New in Paperback: Palo Alto

June 22nd, 2011
palo alto tp

The paperback release of the Hollywood heartthrob’s debut story collection

Book Review: Revenger

June 19th, 2011

The latest in the ongoing adventures of Shakespeare – JOHN Shakespeare, master-spy to Queen Elizabeth I.

In Paperback: Tarzan of the Apes

June 16th, 2011
Tarzan Neal Adams

A handsome new paperback of the book that gave birth to a multi-million dollar industry: the modern-day myth that is “Tarzan of the Apes.”

In Paperback: A Princess of Mars

June 13th, 2011
John Carter of Mars

A paperback re-issue of the first instalment in the adventures of John Carter, gentleman of Virginia and superhuman warlord of distant Mars!

Book Review: Pirates of the Narrow Seas

June 11th, 2011
pirates of the narrow seas

Lt. Peter Thornton of the 18th century British Navy has a problem more threatening than storms or pirates or cannon-fire: he’s gay, and he’s in love with his captain.

Book Review: Exorcising Hitler

June 7th, 2011
Exorcising Hitler

A new history examines the problems the Allies faced when they took on the job of occupying a defeated Germany in 1945.

Book Review: Lost in Lexicon

June 5th, 2011
ivan captured

A canny and engaging children’s book about a pair of enterprising kids trying to make sense of a magical realm where their homework actually matters.

Book Review: The Water Margin

June 2nd, 2011
the 108 heroes of the Water Margin!

A great translation of one of the “Four Great Classical Chinese Novels” is given a carefully-revised and gorgeously produced reprint by Tuttle Publishing.

Graphic Novel Review: The Marvels Project

June 1st, 2011
the original angel

Unfamiliar characters like the Angel, the Phantom Bullet, and John Steele join the Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner, and Captain America in the birth of the Marvel Age of Super-Heroes

Oh, the futility! Adapting Jane Eyre

June 1st, 2011

Its early readers found the novel shocking, unfeminine, un-Christian, revolutionary. So why are film adaptations of Jane Eyre so studiously inoffensive?

The Old Stories

June 1st, 2011

Good writers borrow, great writers steal. Sure, but should they steal whole characters? plots? authors? Robert Coover and the writers of Re: Telling steal it all and let their readers sort it out.

A Raging Appetite

June 1st, 2011

Food writing today requires guts – often quite literally. Gabrielle Hamilton’s memoir transcends gross-out theatrics to portray a life in food, from abandonment to something like fulfillment.

Michigan Falls

June 1st, 2011
train ferry

Scott Sparling’s first novel Wire to Wire has rushed up at the reading world full of glue-sniffers, freight-hoppers, wedgeheads, and knives midair — so what’s it really about?

The Zither and the Worm

June 1st, 2011

French trailblazer Raymond Roussel created teeming and fertile worlds from a secret process of wordplay. Two of his most spectacular works are coming back into print after a long, undeserved absence.

The Summery Night Before the Frost

June 1st, 2011

Best known today as the muse and lover of Edna St. Vincent Millay, George Dillon was a formidable poet and personality in his own right, and one well worth rereading.

A Question, an Answer, and a Death

June 1st, 2011

Cinema lore has it that Jean-Luc Godard read only the first and last three pages of King Lear before making his film adaptation. Lianne Habinek suggests this may have helped him get at the play’s essence.

A Brief for the Defense

June 1st, 2011
A Brief for the Defense

If you’re hoping for a heartfelt mea culpa from an architect of two disastrous wars, this isn’t it. Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir is shallow at best, cynically self-serving at worst.

What’s the Big Idea?

June 1st, 2011

FSG gave fifty poets almost no time at all to write a nation-and-epoch-spanning poem based on ancient Japanese techniques. What could possibly go wrong? Or, more interestingly, what went right?

It’s A Mystery: “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”

June 1st, 2011

The seventh in Craig Johnson’s award-winning Sheriff Walt Longmire series, Hell Is Empty proves that when it comes to putting a contemporary spin on the lore of the old West, few writers do it better.

when there is more than one there is language

June 1st, 2011

we travel too quickly through these houses and hours

we travel thickly like rich black beetles tottering on the edges of tables

That Indescribable Something

June 1st, 2011
Bride And Groom

She was married to two kings, reigned during the advent of trench warfare and the suppression of suffragettes, and stayed all her life a delightful dinner guest; A Year With the Windsors continues with the fascinating and fastidious Queen Mary.

Sane and Insane

June 1st, 2011

“In fact, many religions use the mandala type form to represent “Controlled Chaos.” Stained glass windows are an example I have a closer relationship to … they intrigued me for hours.”

Primal Mysteries

June 1st, 2011

In his latest collection, The Wrecking Light, Robin Robertson blends the voices of generations of Scottish/Celtic bards and balladeers into his own unique style of poetry.

The OLM Quiz: The Longest Days

June 1st, 2011

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June 2011 Issue

June 1st, 2011

“Spiro #0114” by Tim Eads

Ah, the Merry Widows!

June 1st, 2011
Michelle Latiolais

Widowhood is lonely, darkly comic, defiant, and emotionally vital in Michelle Latiolais’s new story collection. Jeff Bursey reviews.