Volume I, Issue 12
August 25 - September 2, 1997
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Lydia Davis' New Collection Places Her Among The Finest Storytellers On The American Scene. 
Tales from the Dark Side
Dennis Cooper's Guide. 
Nacogdoches native Joe Lansdale has made an impressive mark in the world of novels, comics, horror, Westerns, and more, and yet is still an "unknown." 
Barbara Cully offers us poetry that looks, feels and sounds like poetry, instead of mere prose envy. 
Mags to Niches
Introducing "Brightleaf," a new look at the new South and its writers. 
The Bathroom, The Kitchen, plus Wild Animals on the Moon, XY Files and The Superlative Man. 
Blake de Pastino, Tracy L. Cooley, Jessica English and Julie Birnbaum
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Our online BBS is just like the Algonquin Round Table, only electronic,
sober, and without all the famous people.
don't know how, but we did it: we managed to get a review of
every imaginable type of writing into one week's Books section
-- and with only six articles!
A review of Lydia Davis's short-story collection Almost No
Mercy finds that intelligent, inventive narratives don't have
to follow the same old trendy formulas. Davis weaves 50 tales
of self-knowledge, domesticity and romance with little need for
plot, characters, or settings to guide her.
If you prefer full-length novels to one-sentence short stories,
this review of Dennis Cooper's Guide demands attention.
Though it touches on druggie self-hatred, pedophilia and extreme
sexual violence, the reviewer says its passages are among the
best he's read in any context.
Interview, anyone? This conversation with Joe Lansdale, "the
most famous unknown writer working today," exposes the thought
processes of a Texan who's penned everything from hard-boiled
detective novels and horror stories to comics, screenplays and
even a regional farm journal.
For a savory taste of poetry, read up on the subversively un-prose-like
musings of Barbara Cully, whose book The New Intimacy presents
a welcome break from the over-expository poetic tendencies of
the last decade.
Finally, we've got a real self-referential treat: a review of
a book-review journal. Read how Brightleaf: A Southern Review
of Books is fighting to dispel the scourge of "redneck
chic" in writing. And don't miss our Speed Reader column,
which contains reviews of works from Ellen Lupton and J. Abbot
Miller, Naomi Ayala, and Herbert Thomas. As a bookworm, I find
this all highly appetizing.
Reviews of detective novels by Robert Crais (Indigo Slam), James Lee Burke (Cimarron Rose), as well as Bradley Denton's Lunatics and Michele Zackheim's Violette's Embrace. [07-28-97]
Mike Shea, Virginia B. Wood, Adrienne Martini, and Anna Hanks
Unusual detective fiction set in World War II France. [08-18-97]