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And Venus is Blue

Issue No. 51 ~ August, 2001

Unlike the stock detail of William Gay’s Provinces of Night, which wears its Southerness like a Confederate flag iron-on decal, And Venus Is Blue emanates The South as a region and a place where people …

The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans

Issue No. 50 ~ July, 2001

If poetry volumes were ranked like ski slopes, I’d list Mary Jo Bang’s The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans as a black diamond: it’s not for the poetry beginner. Bang has some exquisite …

The Well

Issue No. 50 ~ July, 2001

In the beginning was The Well… While Katie Hafner doesn’t begin the story of “the seminal online community” this biblically, her tale of The Well is nothing less than a creation myth. Woven into her …

Provinces of Night

Issue No. 50 ~ July, 2001

A man nearing the end of a murderous quest — to hunt down and kill his wife’s lover — pauses on the brink of action. He can carry out the plan he’s made, he realizes, …

Honeymoon and Other Stories

Issue No. 49 ~ June, 2001

Despite the odd fact that Raymond Carver and Ernest Hemingway have both been tagged with the term “realistic writer,” both write as if they are more concerned with style and form than any kind of …

Flight and Other Stories

Issue No. 49 ~ June, 2001

As a rule, authors’ first books are rarely their strongest. Think of Faulkner, Dickens, and Morrison. Think of Jane Austen and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Think of Nathaniel Hawthorne, who in his later years, sought out …

Arts of the Possible: Essays and Conversations

Issue No. 48 ~ May, 2001

Reading Arts of the Possible will convince you (if you weren’t already convinced) that Adrienne Rich is the kind of thinker who has long term relationships with her ideas.  Written over a span of three …

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Issue No. 48 ~ May, 2001

The easy thing to say about this sometimes gut-wrenching trip through the underside of the nation’s fast-food industry is that once you’re done you’ll think twice before strolling into McDonald’s or one of its numerous …

Mary and O’Neil

Issue No. 48 ~ May, 2001

In his first collection of fiction, Justin Cronin proves himself a deft chronicler of everyday American life. The eight connected stories in Mary and O’Neil find their nexus in the character of O’Neil Burke, who, …

Among Women

Issue No. 47 ~ April, 2001

What does it mean to be among women? As an insider, or as an outsider? By necessity or by choice? Does being among women mean being in community, or being alone? Jason Shinder’s new poetry …