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Online Edition Winter 2006/2007: Part Two

Welcome to the second installment of Rain Taxi's Winter 2006/2007 Online Edition! Click here to visit Part One.

Interview

Gina Frangello

Other Voices and OV Books editor Frangello discusses her first novel and more with interviewer Jeanie Chung.

Features

Making Comics and Communities:
The Influence of Scott McCloud

William Alexander investigates some practical applications of Making Comics, the latest book by the guru of comics theory.

The Beat Goes On:
Celebrating Allen Ginsberg

Fall 2006 was the 50th anniversary of the publication of "Howl," an occasion marked by the appearance of three new books illuminating the life and work of Allen Ginsberg, reviewed here by Christopher Luna.

Postcard from Rome:
"Shakespeare" at the Teatro Furio Camillo

The king of Naples, a shipwreck, an alchemist, and a trunk full of waterlogged pages... sound familiar? Linda Lappin recounts a theatrical experience in Italy.

Reviews

FICTION

Vera & Linus
Jesse Ball and Thordis Björnsdottir

A cross between the Brothers Grimm and the Marquis de Sade, this collaboration explores the horrors of childhood.   Reviewed by Laird Hunt.

Floating Clouds
Fumiko Hayashi

Hayashi tells the story of two on-and-off lovers who meet in French Indochina near the end of World War II.  Reviewed by Scott Bryan Wilson.

Bottomfeeder
B. H. Fingerman

A fresh take on the vampire mythos, this is the story of a reluctant vampire stuck in a dead-end job, dining on the dregs of humanity. Reviewed by Jessica Bennett.  

The Potbellied Virgin
Alicia Yànez Cossìo

This 1985 novel, recently translated into English, recounts the lives of two families in a small Andean town.   Reviewed by Kristin Thiel.

POETRY

Poeta en San Francisco
Barbara Jane Reyes

Reye's second collection of poems explores the translatable and untranslatable collisions of writing self and culture.   Reviewed by Craig Perez.

Everything Preserved
Landis Everson

In this collection of poems spanning five decades, the daily world feeds insights which, mixing innocence and experience, might be called "divine." Reviewed by Adam Fieled.

Astoria
Malena Mörling

This book of poems provides a manual to this world's experience, traveling at the speed of light, or memory.   Reviewed by Miguel Murphy.

I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone
Anna Moschovakis

Moschovakis questions authority, in particular the authority of language, in this engaging volume of poems and sequences.   Reviewed by Jason Ranon Uri Rotstein.

NONFICTION

Blackstock's Collections
The Drawings of an Artistic Savant

Gregory L. Blackstock

Blackstock's painstaking drawings catalogue the mundane in an attempt to exert some order over the chaos of things.   Reviewed by Eliza Murphy.

Sailor on Snowshoes
Tracking Jack London's Northern Trail

Dick North

North takes the reader on an expedition to follow the travails of Jack London during the year he spent searching for gold in the Klondike.   Reviewed by Ryder W. Miller.

What Did I Do Last Night?
A Drunkard's Tale

Tom Sykes

Sykes recounts the do's and don'ts of drinking in this humorous memoir.   Reviewed by Matthew Schneeman.

MIXED GENRE

The Night I Dropped Shakespeare on the Cat
John Olson

As hard to classify as it is to put down, Olson's latest book offers streams of words that span the distances between poetry, fiction, essay, and memoir.   Reviewed by Ellen Twadell. .

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