My Otter

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“Honey, I am going fishing.” No answer.

“OK see you later.” No answer. And it will be much later since she works late. No reason to come home early and …{read more}

Chiseled in Rock

Alvin Lee, 1975 (detail) by Jim Summaria,

Literature is a morgue: I go there to identify my friends. One of them evaporated yesterday, March 6, 2013. The last pic he nailed through the ether toward me had …{read more}

Why multi-genre writing rocks!

Sweta Srivasta Vikram books

During the week of June 14-17, I was fortunate enough to win a scholarship to attend the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference. It is a program that offers the opportunity for people …{read more}

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 …{read more}

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 …{read more}

Lost Angeles: Writers on the Storm

The Last Stage - novel by Jim Cherry

We pulled up in front of a u-shaped apartment building that opened into a courtyard, the address the writer gave me. Jimmy and I walked up to the apartment. It …{read more}

New Book Release – The Life of Ling Ling: A Novella About Iraq


In The Life of Ling Ling, the Marines of Combat Outpost Bordelon are weeks away from going home. Buried fantasies of a peaceful future rise to the surface as …{read more}

Review – What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, by Raymond Carver

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver’s classic short story collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, was originally published in 1981 and has been the subject of some controversy over …{read more}

Review – Beatitude: A Novel by Larry Closs

Beatitude by Larry Closs

Beatitude by Larry Closs / Rebel Satori Press / 2011 / 978-1608640294 / 272 pages

Larry Closs’ debut novel focuses on Harry Charity, who is gay, and his relationship with …{read more}

Wankers, Burds, and Skag: Heteroglossia in Trainspotting


Mikhail Bakhtin, a twentieth century Russian philosopher and semiotician, was a theorist who worked heavily in literary theory, as well as the philosophy of language. One of his major concepts …{read more}