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Book Review: Private Midnight by Kris Saknussemm

“In what part of the universe does this guy’s mind reside?,” I asked when I reviewed Kris Saknussemm’s first novel. I’ll admit that his latest, Private Midnight, brings him closer to our universe. But his is still more than slightly bent.

Saknussemm described that first book, Zanesville, as “techno-theological post-American monster vaudeville.” Private Midnight is […]

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Midweek Music Moment: Chicago Transit Authority

Some records simply rank among the most highly influential in a person’s musical development and tastes. Chicago Transit Authority is one such album for me. And the fact it was released 40 years ago yesterday reinforces just how effin’ old I’m getting.

One of the keys to formative albums is that they remain important to […]

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Writing in the Internet age

I’m not a reader of the McSweeney publications but thankfully Blog of a Bookslut led me to an excellent piece posted last week by Robert Lanham. It’s a syllabus and course overview for a new English class, Writing for Nonreaders in the Postprint Era.

The piece is absolutely marvelous. I don’t want to spoil it […]

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Book Review: Finding the Moon in Sugar by Gint Aras

A self-published novel about a good-natured stoner is a phrase that is not necessarily a good omen. When the story takes place in large part in Lithuania, a country appearing in a novel that won the National Book Award a few years back, you might wonder what you’re in for. Yet while Gint Aras self-published […]

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Weekend Edition: 4-25

Bulletin Board

Tonight is the Third Annual Downtown Jazz Crawl in Sioux Falls. And remember, the local B&N bookfair tomorrow for the Jazz & Blues Society

Bookish Linkage

The thought that this book is actually going to be published is wrong on so many levels.

Is this the future of the e-book? Book applications are […]

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Booking Through Thursday: Symbolism — or not

My husband is not an avid reader, and he used to get very frustrated in college when teachers would insist discussing symbolism in a literary work when there didn’t seem to him to be any. He felt that writers often just wrote the story for the story’s sake and other people read symbolism into […]

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