Tag Archives: Spring 2014

Alphonse Allais's Captain Cap

Captain Cap, His Adventures, His Ideas, His Drinks Alphonse Allais Translated, annotated, introduced, and illustrated by Doug Skinner Black Scat Books ($26.95) The Adventures of Captain Cap Alphonse Allais Translated, annotated and introduced by Brian Stableford Black Coat Press ($22.95) by M. Kasper What an interesting coincidence! Recently, simultaneously, and unbeknownst to one another, two […]

Name Upon Name

Encountering Pauline Réage • Dominique Aury • Anne Desclos Essay by Gregory Stephenson Stephenson delves into the story behind Story of O and it’s elusive author. Download the PDF of this essay here. Rain Taxi Online Edition Spring 2014 | © Rain Taxi, Inc. 2014

The Seeing I: The Photography of Vivian Maier

by Susan Buechler You may have heard of Vivian Maier, and then again, you may not have. A brilliant photographer completely unknown in her lifetime, she made her living as a nanny for well-to-do families in New York and Chicago. From the 1950s to the 1990s, Maier shot approximately one roll of film per day. […]

Others of My Kind

James Sallis Bloomsbury ($24) by Robert Martin The newest novel by noir master James Sallis begins with the straightforward propulsion of a typical crime drama. But in the opening of this slim book, we learn in disturbing and exhilarating detail the protagonist’s atypical backstory: Jenny was abducted before she hit double digits and was kept […]

The Circle

Dave Eggers Alfred A. Knopf  •  McSweeney's ($27.95) by Jason Harris With the author’s signature flair for plumbing societal ills, Dave Eggers’s latest novel The Circle focuses on Mae Holland, a twenty-four-year-old college graduate recruited to work at the world’s leading Internet technology company, something akin to Google. Readers will think of Google Glass when […]

Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story

Michael Rothenberg Ekstasis Editions ($24.95) by Eric Hoffman Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story, the new book of poems by Michael Rothenberg, is a lament for the indecencies and hypocrisies of 21st-century America. In these poems, Rothenberg finds humanity consistently failing to meet its potential. Take the title poem, which is haunted by both the ancient […]

A Strong Song Tows Us: The Life of Basil Bunting

Richard Burton Prospecta Press ($40) by Patrick James Dunagan Meticulously precise, Basil Bunting’s poetry boldly holds forth in its own self-stylized musicality, his phrasing ever spare with little to no readily visible narrative or confessional self-description even when at its most autobiographical. One of the critically anointed early innovators of Modernism, he ranks with the […]

Sign You Were Mistaken

Seth Landman Factory Hollow Press ($15) by Will Wlizlo Sign You Were Mistaken begins with a provocation, an impish poem that pokes and prods throughout the rest of the book: What makes you think every little thing of you can be what makes you everything that lasts forever? Answering—or the attempt to answer—this inquiry is […]

Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail

Kelly Luce A Strange Object (14.95) by Ashley Wiley In her first collection of short stories, Kelly Luce explores, relationships, love, and death within the unique world of Japan. Her characters, Japanese and gaijin (Japanese slang for foreigner), all struggle to deal with life where tradition is slowly being pushed aside. These various viewpoints of […]