Online Edition: Winter 2000/2001

Interviews

Samuel R. Delany

Expanded from the version in our current print issue, the uncut interview with writer Samuel R. Delany.

Features

Beat Bios

Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Paul Bowles, and Richard Brautigan--four new books celebrate these literary figures whose disparate visions have left indelible signatures on the post-WWII literary landscape.

Coach House Books: A Profile

The resurrected Canadian publisher continues to provide experimental cross-genre works; featured here are writings by Dan Farrell, Damian Lopes, and Steve Venright.

Reviews

FICTION

Fake House
Linh Dinh

In 1999 Linh Dinh returned to Vietnam after twenty-four years of living as a refugee in America. Dinh plumbs his experience in both countries in these gripping short stories.

What Are You Like?
Anne Enright

The gruelingly beautiful first novel to be published in America by BBC Radio journalist Anne Enright explores the internal, twisted worlds of self-identity.

Dark Matter
A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora
ed. Sheree Thomas

This anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories culls fictions from such diverse writers as Octavia E. Butler, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Amiri Baraka and Ishmael Reed.

Sun Inventions and Perfumes of Carthage: Two Novellas
Teresa Porzecanski

Uruguayan writer Teresa Porzecanski embodies a lesser-known facet of the Latin American experience: the Jewish immigrant living amidst the continent¹s staunch Catholicism and Indo-African cultures.

POETRY

Breakers
Selected Poems Paul Violi

Selecting from three decades of work, Violi's Breakers combines satire and erudite observances, as mundane forms become retorts in which language and the cunning unconscious are released rather than imprisoned.

The Anatolikon
John Ash

Ash's travels in Anatolia--now called Turkey--provide the impetus for these graceful poems, speaking the place of that ancient world.

Hard Country
Sharon Doubiago

Originally printed in 1982, Doubiago's Hard Country represents a courageous response to the conundrum of the metanarrative: the need to speak our time in order to understand it and to change it.

Another Part of the Island
Michael Heffernan

This slim volume moves effortlessly between the landscape and people of Ireland and dream-states and memories, bridging the gap between the literary poet and the poet of the people.

Secret Asian Man
Nick Carbo

The "bare-chested muscled Filipino" Ang Tunay na Lalaki is a seventies/eighties TV-commercial character transplanted to nineties New York City in this engaging second book of poems by Nick Carbo.

Tell Me
Kim Addonizzio

Addonizzio's third collection of poems continues the dialectic of urban despair--the dialogue between bar room and beauty, between sorrow songs and simple prayers.

NON-FICTION

The Measure of Life
Virginia Woolf's Last Years
Herbert Marder

Marder explores the subversive side of Woolf's later works, saying "I felt that the enlightened Virginia of the 1930s, who displayed great sanity and courage under fire (her decision to choose the time and manner of her death did not diminish that), required a biography of her own."

Science is Fiction
The Films of Jean Painlevé
edited by Masaki Bellows and Marina McDougall with Brigitte Berg

Friend to the surrealists and proponent of the science film, Painlevé will be the most fascinating filmmaker you've never heard of.

The Slate Diaries
edited by Jodi Kantor, Cyrus Krohn and Judith Shulevitz with an introduction by Michael Kinsley

A collection of day-to-day journals from famous and not-so-famous writers that manages to reach a satori threshold where the most commonplace and the most extraordinary experiences converge.

Bellow
James Atlas

The paradox of ego and self-consciousness elucidates the life of the award-winning author Saul Bellow in this cogent new biography by James Atlas.

The Sokal Hoax
edited by the editors of Lingua Franca

This collection of newspaper reports, essays, and exchanges in response to Alan Sokal's ill-conceived article on "Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity" proves the art of the hoax is alive and well.

The House on Dream Street
Dana Sachs

A cross between travel writing and personal memoir, The House on Dream Street captures Dana Sachs's life in Vietnam in the 1990s, exploring issues of gender, nationality, and cross-cultural relationships.

La Grande Thérèse
Hilary Spurling

Spurling's true story of an elaborate con artist in turn-of-the-century Paris will have you rooting for the treachery to be discovered while admiring the inventiveness and charisma of the cad.

Myself When I Am Real
The Life and Music of Charles Mingus
Gene Santoro

Santoro examines Mingus in all his kaleidoscopic difficulty and charm, in his pathos and vitality, and looks without sensation at his years of drug abuse and mental instability.

GRAPHIC NOVELS

Cerebus
Dave Sim

Sim satirizes the human experience in these collected tales of Cerebus, which follow the evolution of a strange little aardvark from barbarian to Pope.

Will Eisner

Three new releases by the legendary Will Eisner provide the occasion for this retrospective review of the ground-breaking graphic novelist.