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aberjhani's picture
Nobel Laureate Albert Camus. (photo by Henri  Cartier-Bresson)           “The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must           imagine Sisyphus happy.” ––Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus Albert...
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After Dark by Haruki Murakami reminds me of Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster. Both books are about enigmas carefully annotated and never explicated.  Something has gone wrong and the author is there not to put things right but to delineate the wrongness.     In After Dark...
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There is a reason the Renaissance began in Italy—and a reason I chose Rome, Florence, Venice and Fiesole to be the setting for much of Catwoman’s origin story Cattitude.  The Dark Ages were a bleak time to be alive.  The Medieval Church painted a picture of human beings as corrupt and...
thomas-burchfield's picture
Greetings Everyone: I'm proud to announce that my essay on Sam Peckinpah's landmark film, "The Wild Bunch: Down the Hole in Glorious Blood and Fire" can be read at the literary e-zine, this zine. I hope you find it fascinating, enlightening, reading.
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Lately I have been encountering a lot of cynicism and it is making me mad. Smart people I know—people who have benefited from living in the United States—educated people with opportunities and resources—are running down the world, their country, the media, schools, the government, their fellow...
robert-earle's picture
Don DeLillo's Falling Man can be hypnotizing, irritating, startling, and flat as it retells the experiences of a couple, Keith and Lianne, following his escape from the World Trade Towers on 9/11 and its impact on their lives. DeLillo's prose is camera-like, almost documentary; this is what gives...
robert-earle's picture
One issue that arises in association with Nobel Prize winners is the reappearance of early volumes long out of print. That's the case with my local library's acquisition of The Round and Other Cold Hard Facts by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio.   This bleak collection of stories came out in 1982,...
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Coronation is a vivid, well-plotted early Donoso novel focused on the yearning and degradation of both the lower and upper classes in 40s/50s Chile. The cast of characters is, in some ways, "stock." There is the vulnerable maid from the country, a senile woman in her nineties, her...
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Paul Bowles writes with control and clarity, but in this novel the flatness of his characters and the fuzziness of the plot, which is more or less 'explained' in the final passages, achieve little of note. Perhaps the book is best for its descriptions of the physical world, especially the radical...