February 16, 2016
Patrick Dacey photographed by Tara Dacey
Patrick Dacey might be an anomaly. For a man who didn’t start writing until his early 20’s (and says he wasn’t reading books routinely until the same age), he has produced an empathetic and strikingly original debut short story collection, We’ve Already Gone This Far.
The collection is smartly bookended by war: the opening story “Patriots” follows war from the perspective of the next-door neighbor of a grieving mother who lost her son in combat overseas. “Then one day ...
Matthew Salesses photographed by Stephanie Mitchell.
The protagonist of Matthew Salesses’ debut novel The Hundred Year Flood is a Korean American adoptee named Tee. The novel’s primary setting is Prague just after 9/11. Salesses’ subject matter, in large part, deals in Eastern European myth. Not exactly a formula for commercial publication.
Or is it? In the wake of 9/11 and his uncle’s suicide, Tee is taking a semester off from college. He’s found himself in Prague struggling to come to terms with his own ...
Most of us remember the L.A. riots of 1992 from the hovering images of a few square blocks of Compton, South Central ablaze, the grainy police recording of Rodney King getting brutalized and the horrific footage of Reginald Denny beaten within an inch of his life. Ryan Gattis’
All Involved reveals a different vantage: it takes us into the lives of Latino gangbangers who saw a city in chaosas an opportunity to operate with impunity. Gattis uncovers a web ...
War. We are so familiar with its distant presence and the detached 24-hour news stream piped into our living rooms. But what of the eerie calm that exists in-between the fighting and the daily lives of the individuals overseas risking life and limb? Ross Ritchell’s debut novel The Knife provides the revealing vantage of an elite U.S. special operations unit in Afghanistan where we are allowed to experience soldiers’ daily movements in-between the brief bursts of violence.
November 26, 2014
Jennifer Clement photographed by Barbara Sibley.
Jennifer Clement’s Widow Basquiat: A Love Story is infused with the artistic electricity of a whole scene at a seminal time in the American arts: early ‘80’s New York City. Clement’s memoir is being published in America this month but arrives directly from the times it covers. It is a poetic conversation, literary document and oral history, an inspiring portrait of a city that is in the process of forever altering what’s considered American art, American literature and American music ...
Thomas Page McBee photographed by Jessica McCarthy.
Thomas Page McBee’s Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Manis intense yet delicate; it has a sharp edge that envelops you softly. McBee’s story begins as a mugger held McBee and the author’s girlfriend at gunpoint one foggy night in Oakland, California. They were walking home after dinner late at night from the metro station before the event that would forever alter the fabric of the author’s being. The experience of running that ...
Where does violence come from? The fury we inflict upon one another might be chocked up to mindless reactions to insult or honor, but the overwhelming acts of violence we as Americans are witness to on a daily basis belie such simple explanations. Much of Ed Falco’s work has explored “the violence of the human heart and the way it’s acted out,” as he puts it. With his latest historical noir drama,Toughs, Falco grapples with the way individuals ...
Chuck Palahniuk is generous with his time. Palahniuk did for literary fiction in the ’90s what Iggy and The Stooges did for rock-n-roll (a type of rock that would later be dubbed punk) in the late ’60s and early ’70s: sped it up and made it more powerful and gutsy. The new short story collection Burnt Tongues that he has co-edited with Richard Thomas and Dennis Widmyer is one of the fruits of that generosity; there are 20 transgressive stories ...
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