Weekly Wire

Volume I, Issue 34
January 26 - February 2, 1998

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Gumshoe Gestalt
Will mystery writer C.E. Poverman continue his winning streak, or will fancier literature claim his considerable talents? [2]
Tim Vanderpool

Ain't Ain't in the Dictionary
Surfing the Internet with a guy who can't swim. [3]
Devin D. O'Leary

From Classroom to Book
Memphis schoolchildren write to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [4]
Leonard Gill

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The Prophet Motive
Judson Crews' "The Brave, Wild Coast." [5]
Blake de Pastino

Body Language
Historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg sees the body as a kind of message board that girls manipulate fiercely in their attempts to keep current with the demands of popular culture. [6]
Tonya Janes

Look Who's Talking
When it comes to the current literary crop, screwed-up childhoods and wretched parents are out, and talking animals are in. [7]
James DiGiovanna

Paper Shredding
A shredder's handbook: "The Snowboarder's Total Guide to Life." [8]
Sam Jemielity

Now What?
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets. [10]

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his week we take a hard-boiled look at the skyrocketing career of C.E. Poverman, who writes in one of the least-respected but most-read literary genres, mystery novels. Then we whoosh on over to the world of online slang dictionaries, which are quite a valuable resource for hard-boiled writers of all sizes. Switching gears, we take a peek at the sweet-spirited letters children wrote to Martin Luther King, Jr. for his holiday. Eat your heart out, Santa Claus.

Then there's the reviews. Blake De Pastino looks at Judson Crews' memoir about his year hanging around Henry Miller and finds that it has marvelous beat-generation rhythm to spare. Tonya Janes examines a Joan Jacobs Brumberg book that observes the ways young women use (or mis-use) their bodies as cultural message boards. And don't miss James DiGiovanna's review of a new book about the '90s anthropomorphism trend, as well as Sam Jemielity's take on a snowboarding book that's every bit as fluffy as a fresh snowfall.

There's plenty more where that came from. Scroll down and you won't be sorry.

Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader

  • "Best American Short Stories 1997" by Annie Proulx;
  • "Beautiful Flowers of the Maquiladora" by Norma Prieto;
  • "Jack Frusciante Has Left the Band" by Enrico Brizzi;
  • "The Fight" by Norman Mailer

Book Festival

Northern Arizona Book Festival
Feeling multicultural? Then be sure to check in with the phenomenal and varied group of authors meeting at this free conference February 6 through 8. Presented by Weekly Wire, the festival includes dozens of the most respected names in literature. Don't miss it!

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