Grand Marais by t. kilgore splake

Grand Marais by Jonathunder, via Wikipedia

Grand Marais by t. kilgore splake / paperback, with DVD / 978-1-4675-8222-3 t. kilgore splake’s latest volume is a poetic and photographic celebration of Grand Marais, Minnesota, a small city on the shore of Lake Michigan. splake’s roots go deep in the Grand Marais area. It’s where, aside a campfire years ago, he wrote his […]

David Handley’s interview with Author Alex Preston

Alex Preston Books

Alex Preston was born in Worthing, West Sussex in 1979. He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, 2010’s This Bleeding City, and The Revelations which was released in 2012. As well as his work as a novelist, Preston writes and reviews for a number of publications; The Guardian in England, and a magazine […]

Hammond Guthrie’s AsEverWas: Memoirs of a Beat Survivor

As Ever Was: Memoirs of a Beat Survivor by Hammond Guthrie

AsEverWas: Memoirs of a Beat Survivor by Hammond Guthrie / 2nd edition / Jorvik Press / 978-0988412231 / paperback, 296 pages When the counterculture was busy being born in Los Angeles and San Francisco in the mid-1960s, Hammond Guthrie found himself in the midst of hipster heaven, somewhere between late Beat and early Hippie. A […]

Review: Alice In tumblr-Land (And Other Fairy Tales For A New Generation)

Alice in tumblr-Land by Tim Manley

Alice In tumblr-Land (And Other Fairy Tales For A New Generation) by Tim Manley / Penguin Books / 2013 / 978-0143124795 / 272 pages “Curiouser and curiouser” was Alice’s commentary on the world she found down the rabbit hole in Lewis Carol’s Alice In Wonderland. While the land she found herself in was populated by […]

Review – T.C. Boyle Stories II

TC Boyle - Stories II

Stories II by T.C. Boyle / Viking / Penguin Group / 2013 / 978-0670026258 / 944 pages In some form or another the short story has probably been around as long as man has had the desire and the ability to communicate. Oral tales told around the fire at night aren’t going to be long […]

Review – Erik Verhaar’s Andalusian Dogging

Andalusian Dogging by Erik Verhaar

Andalusian Dogging by Erik Verhaar, translated by Jonathan Ellis / The Reception Game / 2013 / 17 pages In Erik Verhaar’s short story, inspired by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali’s 1929 film An Andalusian Dog (Un Chien Andalou), the film itself becomes a character. An Andalusian Dog bumps into this story’s narrator on the street: […]

Review – What Poets Are Like: Up and Down with the Writing Life by Gary Soto

What Poets Are Like - Gary Soto

What Poets Are Like: Up and Down with the Writing Life / Gary Soto / Sasquatch Books / 978-1570618741 / 208 pages What Poets Are Like: Up and Down with the Writing Life collects sixty short essays by Gary Soto. Soto is an acclaimed American poet, as well as the author of many books for […]

Review – How Hip Was My Alley by Kenton Crowther

How Hip Was My Alley by Kenton Crowther

[Editor's note: 5/21/2014: How Hip Was My Alley has been re-titled Dad, the Times We Had: Baby Boomers in Paradise.] Kenton Crowther’s previous volume, Alleycats and Beatsters, collected the author’s writings built on the Beat Generation and the essence of “hip.” This time out, he casts a wider net; How Hip Was My Alley gathers […]

Cry, Exploration, Ceremony

Howl by Allen Ginsberg / Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko / Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich. Collage copyright Empty Mirror.

Oppositional postmodernist literature is associated with the Beat movement and came about after the terrible, unforeseen destruction of World War II. While the modernists were positive about the human spirit and mankind’s ability to progress to an ever better future, postmodernists posited that there is creative power in negativity and opposition as well as destructive […]

Review – The Jack Kerouac Upper Peninsula Diary by t. kilgore splake

jack kerouac upper peninsula diary

The Jack Kerouac Upper Peninsula Diary / t. kilgore splake / Angst Publications / PO Box 508, Calumet, MI 49913-0508 / 1998 Ever heard of The Jack Kerouac Upper Peninsula Diary? We all dream of stuff like this. Like finding Woody Guthrie’s guitar in an Eastern Washington thrift shop (it really happened). Or unearthing a […]