Weekly Wire

July 2 - July 8, 1997

Short Fiction Contest Winners
Albuquerque Alibi short fiction contest winners. [2]

They Are Among Us
Infiltrating the ranks of Albuquerque's science fiction writers. [3]
Michael Brown

Unrepentant Truths
A conversation with poet/punk/activist Tammy Gomez. [4]
Jeremy Reed

No Man's Land
Coming of age in Sri Lanka is a lonely difficult matter when you're the only "funny" Tamil boy around. [5]
Richard Siken

Clue In
Detective Frank August isn't your father's Mike Hammer. [6]
Christine Wald-Hopkins

No Hoorays For Hollywood
John Gregory Dunne traces the sorry fate of one movie script. [7]
Gregory McNAmee

In Person
Richard Ford, author of Women With Men, will appear at Borders on July 1. [8]
David Snyder

Speed Reader
Fiction, science fiction, and nonfiction book reviews. [9]
Nick Brown, Blake de Pastino, Tracy L. Cooley, Jessica English and Julie Birnbaum

Now What?
A Web link page chock full of resources, recommendations, and staff picks pertaining to the subject of this section. [10]

Talk Back
Our online BBS is just like the Algonquin Round Table, only electronic, sober, and without all the famous people.


tell you, there's nothing yummier than short fiction, especially from amateurs. Lots of amateurs print their work on expensive bond paper, and that's a delicacy, let me tell you. Try some: chow on these short works from people in Albuquerque. See? I never tasted anything so good that digested so fast.

Science fiction books are another story. They're printed on cheap paper that tastes like it came from the moon. I'm glad some contemporary authors are using modern, space-age paper. Science fiction fans must be happy to have these new flavors to choose from.

By the way, if you haven't been paying attention in weeks previous, my name is Worm and I am a worm. I don't read books, I consume them, so I only ever talk about dietary concerns. If you want to know what the books in this section are "about," you can go read that yourself, since you have "eyes." I don't have eyes. I don't even know what eyes are. I'm a worm.

What's to eat this week:

Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai

On the Edge by C.E. Poverman

Monster by John Gregory Dunne

An interview with punk poet Tammy Gomez

A bio of Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford

Reviews, reviews, reviews. Yum.

From The Vaults

Parting Shot
Chris Offutt's The Good Brother. [06-06-97]
Blake de Pastino

Full Trough
How the rich get richer off government largess. [06-20-97]
James DiGiovanna

Media Mix
From Salon de RefusÚs to Salon de CÚlebration...And more! [06-13-97]

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