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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Issue No. 24 ~ May, 1999

Dillard is teaching us to see. She wants us to be totally immersed in the present, because some day soon 'we die and are put in the earth forever.

Stalingrad

Issue No. 23 ~ April, 1999

WWII from the German point-of-view; a study not of strategy, but an epic tale of a nation led astray.

Car Maintenance, Explosives and Love

Issue No. 23 ~ April, 1999

A collection of lesbian writings which, unfortunately, is little more than a showcase for "a few excellent pieces within a framework of sometimes insipid and less-than-stellar works."

The Last Avant-Garde

Issue No. 23 ~ April, 1999

Centered around the New York School of poets, this is a story about New York, Abstract Expressionism, and the fifties.

Going Native

Issue No. 22 ~ March, 1999

Going Native possesses both the crude, offensive, and blaring nature to hold the interest of a Stephen King fan as well as sufficient ironic wit, intelligence, and bizarre brilliance to keep those of us who finished Don DeLillo's Underworld interested....

Truck

Issue No. 22 ~ March, 1999

As the book jacket proclaims, "it's more than a mechanic's memoir: it is a meditation on machines, metaphysics, and the moral universe." Jerome is curmudgeonly in the best New England intellectual tradition, but he's also astonishingly down to earth...

66 Galaxie

Issue No. 22 ~ March, 1999

"I'm not going to say a thing about "all that post modern tv scrap culture generation x bullshit" ... I will say that m loncar has found a way to project the surface of late twentieth century American pop culture in a kind of holograph that spins us forward at a rapid rate on verbal wheels..."

Spellbound: Women and Witchcraft in America

Issue No. 21 ~ February, 1999

"Rarely do words carry with them such long-standing pejorative connotations as the terms "witch" and "witchcraft." Although most folks living on the cusp of the twenty-first century claim not to believe in witches in the same way that their ancestors in seventeenth-century Colonial America might have...."

Babylon in a Jar

Issue No. 21 ~ February, 1999

"The approachable, earthy and personal voice for which Hudgins is best known has taken over and taken off in this collection and what you hear is what you get - a sounding more painfully honest and sadly more bitter than anything that's preceded it...."

Fuel

Issue No. 20 ~ January, 1999

In the interest of fairness, I should begin by admitting that I’ve been a Naomi Shihab Nye fan since I was old enough to read. I grew up in San Antonio, where Nye lives, and I took a poetry class with her when I was …