WINTER 1999/2000

Alejandro Jodorowsky, Hubert Selby, Isabel Allende, and more...


An interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky
Interviewed by Jason Weiss
Chilean director and author Alejandro Jodorowsky discusses his multifaceted work ranging from the notorious "Theater of Panic" to his penchant for generating scandal.

An interview with Hubert Selby Jr.
Interviewed by Robert Couteau
Legendary author of Last Exit to Brooklyn and most recently The Willow Tree, Hubert Selby Jr. discusses spirituality, the creative will, and love.


A Desired Past: A Short History Of Same-Sex Love In America
Leila J. Rupp
What happens when the personal histories of an entire facet of society are not only discounted, but outright ignored and silenced? Leila J. Rupp explores the undiscovered histories of lesbians and gay men. Reviewed by Brad Jacobsen

A Short History of Rudeness: Manners, Morals, and Misbehavior in Modern America
Mark Caldwell
In this era of road rage, Jerry Springer, and political correctness, Mark Caldwell stops to asks, "What are manners, anyway?" Reviewed by Christopher Tinney

In Memory of My Feelings: Frank O'Hara and American Art
Russell Ferguson, editor
Russell Ferguson uses "the charismatic figure of Frank O'Hara as a lens through which to take another look at the most mythologized period in American Art." Reviewed by Chris Fischbach


Daughter of Fortune
Isabel Allende
In her newest novel, Isabel Allende supposedly sets her characters off on journeys of discovery and change, but ultimately settles on clichés and stale style. Reviewed by Jay Miskowiec

The Sea Came in at Midnight
Steve Erickson
Erickson's seventh novel unveils the secret millennium, delineated not by a normal calendar cycle of days but by random acts of nihilistic, sadistic, incomprehensible violence. Reviewed by Aidan Baker


Blood Sugar
Nicole Blackman
Debut poetry collection, by "alt-rock diva" Nicole Blackman offers honest, literal poetry, capturing the sentiments of a generation of self-proclaimed lost souls. Reviewed by Bruna Darini

The Tablets
Armand Schwerner
Schwerner's magnum opus, The Tablets is a stunning long poem that purports to present translations and commentary of a series of 4,000-year-old hieroglyphic texts. Reviewed by Eric Lorberer


My New York Diary
Julie Doucet
Doucet's first-person account of 1991, the year she spent attempting to get a foothold in the Big Apple. Reviewed by Gary Sullivan

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