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Volume II, Issue 52
June 21 - June 28, 1999  
 
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Fiction
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Cannibal Sins [3]
Readers may eat it up, but "Hannibal" is a half-baked crock of continuity errors.
— Elaine Richardson, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
A Joycean Riff of Race [4]
Why Ellison never published his long-awaited second novel during his lifetime, and what that novel is like now that it's been published posthumously.
— Mark Busby, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Flame Out [5]
A.M. Homes's new novel, "Music for Torching," makes even adultery and violence seem tame.
— Michael Bronski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Caribbean Splash [6]
'Buxton Spice' is a series of roughly autobiographical vignettes which offer a charming, and often frankly erotic, picture of the author's Guyanese girlhood.
— Randall Holdridge, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Nothing Borderline Here [7]
Short fiction that's long on style and substance.
— Jim Carvalho, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Non-fiction
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Diverse Nations [8]
Donald L. Fixico is rethinking American Indian history.
— Dorothy Cole, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Fightin' Words [9]
Jean Moorcroft's biography of World War One poet Siegfried Sassoon makes the case for bearable misfortune.
— Graham Christian, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Far From Home [10]
A moving memoir from Indonesian writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer.
— Charles Wyrick, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Now What? [13]
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.
WEEKLY WIRE
 


W







LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

hat's on your reading list for this summer? Checking in with another list of suggestions is Leonard Gill from the Memphis Flyer. His selections aren't from the New York Times, if you know what we mean.

The eagerly-awaited sequel to "Silence of the Lambs" is marred not just by a plot that could send anyone into hysterical giggling fits, but by a supreme lack of precision.

A noted Ralph Ellison scholar discusses the posthumous publication of "Juneteenth" and likens it to a jazz riff on themes of race, identity, and freedom.

Also, an Indonesian author's memoirs, a poet's biography, autobiographical fiction from the Caribbean, short stories from the border, and more.


Features
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Hot Topics [2]
The bright summer's darkest books, short-listed.
— Leonard Gill, MEMPHIS FLYER
 

Mini Reviews
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Off the Bookshelf [11]

  • "Nude in Tub" by G.K. Wuori
  • "The Fuck-Up" by Arthur Nersesian
  • "Jacob's Hands" by Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood
  • "On the Loose" by Melissa Roth
 
Speed Reader [12]
  • "Pilots and Navigators" by Antony Dunn
  • "The Unexpected Salami" by Laurie Gwen Shapiro
 


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