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Humboldt; Or, The Power of Positive Thinking

The Iraq War? The housing market collapse? College football’s concussion crisis? How can anyone be expected to understand such complexities, especially a “horticulturally dyslexic” farmboy with an eighth-grade education and a penchant for perpetually misunderstanding, misreading, and misinterpreting the world? … Continue reading

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Review of In the Kettle, The Shriek by Hannah Stephenson

I’m not very smart. Experience has taught me that it’s best to just be upfront about this. Yes, at first glance, I may appear to possess a good vocabulary, but upon further inspection, it becomes painfully obvious that the bulk … Continue reading

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Review of Turtle and Dam by Scott Abrahams

Here’s something I’m not particularly proud of: I pester people. And nothing makes me put a person in front of the firing squad (my coinage for aggressive questioning) more than learning that he or she lives (or has lived) someplace … Continue reading

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Review of Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas by Fernando A. Flores

Being a member of CCLaP’s extended family, I fully expected to enjoy reading Fernando A. Flores’ Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas. After all, it’s not uncommon for writers who are published by the same press, like artists … Continue reading

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My review of The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

After months of dithering, I recently joined Goodreads. The reason behind my initial reluctance was the fact that I didn’t do so great in my college English classes. I still distinctly remember turning in paper after paper, confidently thinking, “man, … Continue reading

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‘Long Live Us’ by Mark R. Brand

Like a good man, a good short story is hard to find. I once heard the genre compared to tomatoes. Sure, you can grow them in hothouses (read: MFA programs), but the really good ones have to grow from the … Continue reading

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