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The Art of Noir

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I’m arguing with my 12-year-old son about film noir. Not the movies, just the phrase. . "Dad, you want to go outside and have a snowball fight?" "No, it’s too cold and dry. It won’t pack." (My standard excuse.) "What are you writing about?" "Film noir." I pronounce it nwahr. "It’s a kind of movie [&hellip
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Q&A with David Meltzer, Author of San Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets

Written by Bob Riedel on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

David Meltzer is the youngest of the West Coast poets generally associated with the "first wave" of the Beat literary movement (he was barely in his 20s when his poetry began appearing in publications like Big Table). Meltzer has a new book of interviews out, San Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets (City Lights, 425 [&hellip
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Science Fiction and Mystery Novelist George C. Chesbro: A Q&A

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I ran into George C. Chesbro–author of numerous science-fictional mystery novels starring the Manhattan-based dwarf detective Robert Frederickson (aka Mongo the Magnificent)–at last fall’s annual Paperback Expo. It turned out he had a new array of books there, too: he and his wife Robin had formed Apache Beach Publishing, recovered the rights to his hefty [&hellip
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Reviews of Lance Olsen’s Freaknest and Sewing Shut My Eyes, plus Brian Evenson’s Contagion

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Freaknest by Lance Olsen (Wordcraft of Oregon, 258 pages, $12) Sewing Shut My Eyes by Lance Olsen (FC2, 143 pages, $11.95) In the centerpiece section of his auspicious 1994 Knopf debut, Altmann’s Tongue, Brian Evenson’s linked stories of random cruelty by a ragtag army that may or may not be under siege made Cormac McCarthy’s [&hellip
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Two from Ed Sanders

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America: A History In Verse, Volume I 1900-1939 by Edward Sanders (Black Sparrow Press, 385 pages, $16 ) The Poetry And Life of Allen Ginsberg by Edward Sanders (Overlook, 252 pages, $27.95) During a recent change of apartments I found myself engaged in the universal moving-day pastime of self-castigation over the amount of stuff I’d [&hellip
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