In the beginning is a 12-year-old boy named Josiah Laudermilk, son of Gill Laudermilk, grandson of Orren, preaching to a congregation 4,000 large in Queens, 1980, with a Star Wars action figure secreted in his pocket, his heart anxious to meet his fathers expectations and impress the boys who find him weird for his piety, and who, in an inspired riff, divinely played, prophesizes that Jesus Christ will return on a great white horse in the year 2000.
In the confused and frightening days following the attacks on America in September of 2001, an armed Texas man with a swollen sense of nationalistic vengeance sets out in violent jihad, shooting three men he perceives to be Arab Muslims, and killing two of them.
Robert Ames, the subject of Kai Birds forthcoming The Good Spy, was a clandestine officer for the C.I.A. in the 1960s, 70s, and early 80s.
Reading through Wreckage of Reason II, this convivial selection of womens prose writing in a spectrum of non-realist forms, I found myself thinking of Guillermo del Toros dark, femme parable, Pans Labyrinth (2006).
There are two types of poets: those who write their poems in the same way for an eternity and those who are constantly trying out new forms. Neither is necessarily bad or good. The former includes Billy Collins, one of the most popular poets of our time, and Russell Edson, the grandfather of the American prose poem.
In the fall of 1977, a London man named Martin Windrow decided to do something rather eccentric: adopt an owl.
When we first encounter Richard Haddon, the 30-something British artist in Courtney Maums debut novel, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, he has just met with commercial success in Paris, painting rooms with a keyhole view.
A review of a book of reviews probably can't avoid exhibiting, in the end, the weird quality that years ago used to get called po-mo or metawhich means, sort of, that it is destined to become a review about reviews, a review about itself.
Made to Break is narrated by AJ, one of five friends who headed to a cabin near Lake Tahoe for New Years Eve 1996. In short order, theyre stranded in the cabin by a car accident and a storm that leaves one friend severely injured and the rest of them stranded and cut off.
In his riveting debut memoir The Bosnia List (just out from Penguin Books), Kenan Trebincevic recounts his familys harrowing escape from their Brcko hometown during the Balkan War, and their return, 20 years later, when Trebincevic visited his homeland and confronted his past.
In Virginia Woolfs novel Night and Day (1919), the description of Ralph Denhams bedroom includes this phrase: The only object that threw any light upon the character of the rooms owner was a large perch, placed in the window to catch the air and sun, upon which a tame and, apparently, decrepit rook hopped dryly from side to side.
Tony Leuzzi is something of a rarity in his generation of contemporary poets: a writer who has drawn inspiration from both Stanley Kunitz and Ron Silliman. Widely- and well-read and extremely knowledgeable on mainstream and experimental traditions, both in and beyond American poetry, he has infused his work with aesthetic rigor, formal play, and a serious, decisive lyricism, balancing imaginative range with consistent formal control.