April 19, 2019

     Enriquetta Maria Conchita Gonzalvez hated her name and insisted on introducing herself as "Riki" to everyone she met, whether in the  Facultad des  Bellas Artes or in the club los cao gatos in the Triana district o...

October 31, 2017

In Just Passing Through (Paycock Press, paper) M. Scott Douglass has elevated the two-stroke engine to the sublime.  Here we do not need to worry about maintenance, for the poet’s sure hands guide us through that which is actually important, the trip itself, not the in...

September 1, 2017

As anyone who has ever taught freshman composition for any length of time can tell you, there is always one bright-eyed, eager young freshman who wants to write about some author’s entire career.  In a five-page paper no less.  You try to let them down gently, saying t...

September 1, 2017

The Hemingway Files, H.K. Bush’s first novel, (Blank Slate Press, St. Louis, MO. ISBN 978-1-943075-32-4, paper $15.95) is a fascinating take on the question of “What happened to Hemingway’s purloined valise?”, the valise in question being the one Ernest Hemingway’s wif...

July 1, 2017

        Maybe it’s because I was born and raised in Washington D.C., where notable people are often your neighbors, but I continue to be dismayed at readings when I see hordes of fans surrounding a “famous” author and lavishing an obscene amount of obseq...

May 1, 2017

Literary Birthdays Calendar

Jan. 1, 1879 E. M. Forster

Jan. 1, 1873 Mariano Azuela

Jan. 1, 1768 Maria Edgeworth 

Jan. 1, 1823 Sandor Petofi

Jan. 1, 1919 J. D. Salinger

Jan. 1, 1933 Joe Orton

Jan. 2, 1894 Robert Nathan

Jan. 2, 1920 Isaac Asimov 

Jan. 3, 1893 Gilbert Seldes 

Jan....

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