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W. Todd Kaneko’s Craft Talk: “The Things You Do–Character Codes of Conduct in Fiction”

The Things You Do–Character Codes of Conduct in Fiction” by W. Todd Kaneko An audience needs to be able to understand and sympathize with the characters they meet in stories. As such, characters often adhere to a code of conduct so readers can better understand who they are supposed to root for and why. Consider those medieval knights and the…

Sarah Vap’s Craft Talk: “The Perfect Beginning: A Notebook and Daydreaming and Strange Things Together”

The Perfect Beginning: A Notebook and Daydreaming and Strange Things Together by Sarah Vap Maybe the most important part of writing for me has been learning to trust the part of myself that wants to put strange things together. I have two little sons now, and all the toys and games they have seem to want to teach them to categorize things…

Review: A River So Long

A River So Long by Vallie Lynn Watson review by Micah Dean Hicks Veronica, the protagonist of Watson’s A River So Long, lives in a world of hotels. Her job takes her to Phoenix, Indianapolis, New Orleans, all over the country. Friends and lovers come and go, but Veronica ends up alone, standing in front of a window high over the city,…

Review: The World Without You

A novel by Josh Henkin, The World Without You, Vintage Reviewed by Adam Blackman The World Without You by Josh Henkin, newly released in paperback, tells the story of a family splintered by the loss of a loved one in Iraq. It is a novel primarily focused on family.  Fourth of July sits in the backdrop as the Frankel family…

Review: A Dying Fall

A Dying Fall, A novel by Elly Griffiths, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviewed by Misha Rai Murder with its usual dash of mayhem, bleak British landscape, university politics, Druid networks, toddlers, complicated love triangles, and the Raven King (what archaeological murder mystery would be complete without the King?) all make their deliciously nefarious presence felt in Elly Griffiths’ A Dying Fall.…

Review: The Alligator’s Bleached Grin: the Grotesque as Eden in Anna Journey’s Vulgar Remedies

Poetry by Anna Journey, Vulgar Remedies Louisiana State University Press Reviewed by Kara Candito In “Eden and My Generation,” Larry Levis claims that the poet realizes the spirituality of place through loss and absence. “Eden,” he states, “becomes truly valuable only after a fall, after an exile that changes it, irrecoverably, from what it once was.” According to Levis, the…

Review: Stealing History

Essays by Gerald Stern, Stealing History. Trinity University Press review by  W. M. Lobko Gerald Stern on the former U.S. general Stanley McChrystal: “…he was and is rebellious violent brilliant cocky insubordinate focused a braggart a patriot, and, as the head of Special Operations and as a commander in the Rangers, a specialized killer”. On the similarity between Babylon, Hell,…

Review: Animal Eye

Poetry by Paisley Rekdal,  Animal Eye University of Georgia Press Reviewed by W.M. Lobko Paisley Rekdal opens her fourth book of poetry with the following salvo: “And then I thought, Can I have more / of this, would it be possible / for every day to be a greater awakening, more light / more light…” This is a limber, confident…