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Reviews & Interviews

Funhouse Mirror as Lite-Up Makeup Mirror: Kate Durbin’s E! Entertainment

March 19, 2012
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If Hedda Hopper had been reincarnated into a bag lady forced to stuff her own newspaper columns into her clothes for warmth, the wyrd outer hummings of her cycle toward rebirth might well have been echoed in Kate Durbin’s E! Entertainment.

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Bat & Man

February 28, 2012
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It’s also the nature of mythology to slowly but surely seep into the collective consciousness.

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The Letters of Samuel Beckett

February 2, 2012
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In order to write, Beckett first had to wipe the slate clean and wipe out conventional notions about the nature of human reality.

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1Q84

January 23, 2012
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All the tasty bits of vintage Murakami are here: dull but steadfast male leads, hypersexual and hypersexy teenagers, strange conspiracies loaded with uncanny coincidences, and, of course, forays into parallel universes.

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Monsters, Inc.

November 24, 2011
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Zone One is not a zombie novel.

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Why Poetic Collaboration Matters

November 14, 2011
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To collaborate well as a creative writer, one has to give up the 500 year old idea of the Humanist self as a unique consumer of “the real.”

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Robert Duncan’s The H.D. Book

November 9, 2011
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The book is essentially a record of Duncan’s two-step with poetry

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Indie Bookstores: Paris

October 4, 2011
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What would a trip to Paris be without a gentle kiss from Destiny?

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Indie Bookstores: Cambridge and Boston

August 26, 2011
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The first books I saw when I walked in were Franco Moretti’s two-volume history of the novel. I’m in paradise.

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The Solipsist in Purgatory: Jollimore’s AT LAKE SCUCOG

August 19, 2011
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It’s always a relief to me when I see a book published by somebody outside the “poetry ghetto.”

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And I Chose—All: Mary Ruefle

August 8, 2011
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Picasso wrote this well before Mary Ruefle started publishing books, but if his words could be an egg, Ruefle’s Selected Poems would hatch right out of it.

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Rimbaud’s Last Revelation

July 26, 2011
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Ashbery’s translation is the best we have in English so far.

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The Practice of Poetry

July 19, 2011
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The poetry lesson is that poetry is a practice.

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All in a Day’s Work

July 12, 2011
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These types of genres are a narratologist’s dream, because one can spend an inordinate amount of time (even in a 190 page book like this one) teasing out the tiniest components of this unfamiliar world.

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Lowell’s Bedlam: John McCullough

July 6, 2011
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All acts of observation are partial and reveal as much about the observer as the observed.

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Lowell’s Bedlam: M G Stephens

July 5, 2011
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Alfred Corn’s play gives us an inner portrait of Robert Lowell that is not found in either the biography or the poetry itself.

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