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Volume IV, Issue 3
July 10 - July 17, 2000  

Fiction
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Defining the Name of the World [2]
Denis Johnson's new novel is about grief, but told anew, as if we didn't know anything about it.
— Clay Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Alice Still Lives Here [3]
Celebrating the definitive edition of the annotated "Alice in Wonderland."
— Michael Sims, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Magical Nihilism [4]
The alarming absence of good Mexican literature in translation.
— Randall Holdridge, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Non-fiction
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Mordant Verse [5]
Thomas Lynch considers the big sleep in "Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality."
— Ben Winters, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Bangs For The Memories [6]
All it takes to become America's greatest rock critic is genius and trauma.
— Stephen Seigel, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Club Luckless [7]
Robert D. Putnam throws a strike with "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community."
— Allen Smalling, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

nyone who hasn't done battle with their demons and come out the other side can enter Denis Johnson's world and get a lesson. Those who have will certainly find some understanding.

Much of "Alice in Wonderland" is composed of private jokes and details of Victorian manners that modern audiences are not likely to understand. Thus the need for an "Annotated" edition of the children's classic.

Funeral director Thomas Lynch returns with a second collection of essays infused with the worldly wisdom of the man who knows all too well where we're heading.

Also, a new biography of rock critic Lester Bangs, two books from Mexico, and more.


Now What? [8]
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.
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