FICTION: All Scenes Lead to Each OtherBy Ben Tripp
As part of a 1957 interview in New York City on the late-night radio program 'Night People' hosted by Jean Sheperd, a young actor and denizen of the city's underground theater expresses his disappointment with the most recent Hollywood film he has just been brought onto the show to promote; claimingas an honest challenge to the audiencethat all it would take was a dollar sent to the studio from everyone who happened to be listening at that instant, and with that money he could direct a different kind of film outside of Hollywood about real people and the issues that actually mattered.
Back to EdenBy Erica Wetter
Hope is a curse, a bane, radical environmentalist Derrick Jensen has written. Why the pessimism?
Fiction: Collective MemoryBy David Varno
The Book of Words, first published in German in 2005 and translated into English by Susan Bernofsky, is entirely a work of fiction, and given a veiled, unnamed setting that is most likely Argentina, a place where German immigrants happen to have settled for over 100 years and where Peróns administration allegedly gave safe haven to war criminals.
Nonfiction: Brooklyn in Time and MemoryBy Janine Yu
The collection begins, appropriately, with an immigrant. Lara Vapnyar has just arrived from Moscow, only to find that her new neighborhood, Brighton Beach, is "far more Russian than in real Russia."
Fiction: A Literary WonderlandBy Karen Rester
A European city abandons all forms of timekeeping and is eventually forgotten by time. An entire island population, exposed to toxic waste, becomes so hypersensitive to light that a slight shock from a doorknob becomes a splendid miniature lightning storm.
Nonfiction: Film Fixer, Epic NectarBy Meghan Roe
Allen Ginsberg, in the epilogue to his photography book, describes his photos as celestial snapshots in a sacred world, recording certain moments in eternity with a sense of sacramental presence.
Amanda Stern with Lisa KunikBy Lisa Kunik
Sometimes sarcastic, sometimes slapstick, and always entertaining, Amanda Stern is a novelist, ghost writer, curator and host of the Happy Endings Reading Series. Spiked with Kurt Cobain charisma, her book The Long Haul has been compared to the writing of Denis Johnson, Rick Moody and Leslie Schwartz.
Poetry RoundupBy Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
Edward Field, After the FallMatthea Harvey, Modern LifeDavid Shapiro, New and Selected Poems (19652006)
Prose RoundupBy Book Staff
Wanda Coleman, Jazz & Twelve OClock Tales, Black Sparrow Press (2008) Diane Williams, It Was Like My Trying to Have a Tender-Hearted Nature (FC2, 2007) Chavisa Woods, Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (Fly by Night Press, 2008) Juliana Spahr, The Transformations (Atelos, 2007)