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Lame Ivy League Fiction and Brilliant Paranoia

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Tom Paine’s first book is Scar Vegas and Other Stories (Harcourt, 215 pages, $22), and I pick on it only as an example. Let’s concede that having a story collection published nowadays is in itself an accomplishment, given a commercial publishing environment where short story collections are considered box office death. Paine’s bona fides are [&hellip
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Don’t Mess With the Greeks

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Was I mortified. I learned a hard and important lesson: Don’t mess with the Greeks unless you really know what you’re doing. I got a little itchy all over again a few times while reading two new translations from the ancient Greek that are both very loose adaptations: Ted Hughes’ version of Euripides’ Alcestis (Farrar, [&hellip
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Mary, Mother of JFK

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Her celebrity notwithstanding, I can’t say I was happy to see the Blessed Mother take time off from her constant schedule of personal appearances in Old Catholic regions around the world–an unstinting service to humanity for which she’s treated to the worst calumny from godless blackguards of the Christopher Hitchens stripe–to appear on NBC in [&hellip
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