Tag Archives: summer 2002

Everything You Know is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies

edited by Russ Kick The Disinformation Company Ltd. ($24.95) by Christopher Luna Have you ever read a book that contained information so revelatory that your perspective underwent a complete transformation as a result? The kind of book you want to buy and give to everyone you know? The Disinformation Company's Everything You Know is Wrong […]

East Toward Dawn

Nan Watkins Seal Press ($14.95) by Carrie Mercer Nan Watkins was hardly a novice explorer when she decided to go on a trip around the world to celebrate her sixtieth birthday. At sixteen she spent three months in Europe and kindled a lifelong love for travel. As an adult, she and her former husband hosted […]

The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten: Life Beyond the Cult

Karlene Faith Northeastern University Press (24.95) by Meleah Maynard Karlene Faith met Leslie Van Houten in 1972, when the warden at the California Institute for Women asked Faith to expand her teaching duties to include the "Manson girls," who were being housed in a separate unit designed for those awaiting execution. Van Houten, Susan Atkins, […]

Digital Poetics: The Making of E-Poetries

Loss Pequeño Glazier The University of Alabama Press ($24.95) by Joel Weishaus "Thus, I would argue that the task ahead is one of placing hypertext in the correct context, by working toward a more useful definition of e-writing, and of establishing a newly envisioned canon of e-literature...to engage a broader understanding of digitally based emerging […]

Burning the Sea

Sarah Pemberton Strong Alyson Publications ($13.95) by Rebecca Weaver Sarah Pemberton Strong's debut novel Burning the Sea explores the idea that all politics originate in the physical and personal body; despite our protests to the contrary, we cannot separate the events of our lives and bodies from the larger social, linguistic, or geopolitical contexts through […]

False Positive

Harold Jaffe FC2 ($12.95) by Mark Tursi In False Positive, "doing violence to a text" takes on new meaning. Each "story" in the collection is a newspaper article that Jaffe has "treated," which is to say, blasted, uncovered, ruptured, expanded, exposed, scrutinized, and/or fictionalized to reveal an often insidious subtext, or, in Jaffe's own words, […]

Ghost of a Flea

James Sallis Walker Books ($23.95) by Kris Lawson There's a painting hanging in the Tate Gallery in London: "Ghost of a Flea" by William Blake (1757-1827). It's dark and frightening, one of Blake's visions. Blake believed that fleas are inhabited by the souls of bloodthirsty men, and here he depicts one such spirit: a muscular […]

Rouse Up O Young Men of the New Age!

Kenzaburo Oe Translated by John Nathan Grove Press ($24) by Jason Picone For those readers who have yet to discover the Nobel Prize winner Kenzaburo Oe, Rouse Up O Young Men of the New Age! is the perfect introduction to the Japanese writer's sometimes bizarre but always humanist fiction. First published in 1986, now available […]