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Review of Extinction Events by Liz Breazeale

This past week I read Extinction Events, by author Liz Breazeale. This book won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction in 2018. What is interesting about this short story collection, is that there is a distinctive theme that runs throughout. Many times a short story collection has a theme that is “pasted” on, but […]

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Review of Jen Julian’s Earthly Delights: and other Apocalypses

The past few days I’ve had the pleasure of reading the short story collection Earthly Delights: and other Apocalypses, by author Jen Julian. (aside: she also drew this whimsical portrayal of the world’s coolest insect, the praying mantis). Earthly Delights won the 2018 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. What I love about literary magazines, […]

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The Rapture Index

This last week I’ve had the great pleasure to read author Molly Reid’s The Rapture Index: A Suburban Bestiary. To summarize: this work kicked my ass, in the best way possible. It’s a really stunning debut, the kind of short story collection that makes you feel sad at the end because you’re desperate to read […]

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Moby-Dick and Pestilence

One of the rare (only?) positives of my (brash…idiotic?) decision to leave behind my career as a divorce lawyer to seek creative endeavors, is more time, which has also been borne of the Covid-19 situation. I have been able to invest that time into my family–it seems I have spent more time with my children […]

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I Read War and Peace (it was ok)

For years Tolstoy’s War and Peace hung out before me like some monolithic and unconquerable realm. I promised myself that when I had the time I would read the beast, even if it did weigh twelve pounds and stretched nearly fifteen hundred pages. When, like the rest of the world, I became housebound during the […]