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Volume II, Issue 51
June 14 - June 21, 1999  
 
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Interviews
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Postmodern P.I. [2]
Hard-boiled detective writer Dennis Lehane talks about why it's easy to believe his protagonist Patrick Kenzie, unlike all those other brooding postmodern Marlowes.
— Jesse Sublett, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Fiction
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Ethereal Ellison [3]
Once again, Ralph Ellison proves himself a master of American fiction.
— Sharon Preiss, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Translation [4]
Indian/British/American author Jhumpa Lahiri's short-story collection "Interpreter of Maladies" fills all the cultural gaps.
— Katherine Guckenberger, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Out For 'Blood' [5]
After winning the Sue Kaufman Prize for fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters with his first novel, Landesman's second offering is lousy.
— Randall Holdridge, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Rules of Engagement [6]
New releases from Diane Ackerman and Diane Leslie.
— Michael Sims, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Non-fiction
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Living in Oblivion [7]
Edith Anderson's "Love in Exile" is a moving memoir of life in postwar Berlin, told by a Jewish-American emigre.
— Susan Miron, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Ignorance Is Not Bliss [8]
J.R. Porter's "Jesus Christ: The Jesus of History, The Christ of Faith."
— Steven Robert Allen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Marking Twain [9]
Meet the man who became Mark Twain in "Dangerous Water."
— Ben Winters, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 

Now What? [13]
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets.
WEEKLY WIRE
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

he dark riffs in Dennis Lehane's Patrick Kenzie detective series aren't there just to scare you and keep you entertained, they're there to make you think, because Lehane is definitely not just another mainstream mystery novelist. Our interview helps you understand why.

Published five years after his death, Ralph Ellison's "Juneteenth" uses dream sequences, hazy flashbacks, and delirious hallucinations to tell the stories of a white racist senator from the North and a black country preacher from the South.

Jhumpa Lahiri is of Indian descent, born in London, and raised in Rhode Island. Her first collection of short stories is a testament to her versatility: she changes cultural perspective as easily as a bilingual speaker shifts languages.

Edith Anderson's "Love in Exile" is a gold mine of information about postwar German political history, deriving its power from an intimate tone and portraits of intellectuals and artists before, during, and after their stays in prison.

Plus, Peter Landesman's second novel, and books on Jesus, Mark Twain, the craft of poetry, and more.



Poetry
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Off the Bookshelf [10]
Books that attempt to expose the mysterious craft of poetry.
— David Garza, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Mini Reviews
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Book Reviews [11]

  • "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges" by Nathan Englander
  • "The Metaphysical Touch" by Sylvia Brownrigg
  • "Battle Creek: A Novel" by Scott Lasser
  • "Such a Pretty, Pretty Girl" by Winston Groom
  • "Clear Springs: A Memoir" by Bobbie Ann Mason.
 
Speed Reader [12]
  • "Freedom Song" by Amit Chaudhuri
  • "AllEars: Cultural Criticism, Essays and Obituaries" by Dennis Cooper


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