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Archive for August, 1995

  1. J.D. Landis Interview: Jactations of a Former Diaskeust  • 
    J.D. Landis spent twenty-four years in the heart of the publishing world as an editor at New York publishing house William Morrow & Company. Now, four years after his retirement from Morrow, Landis has produced the stunning, if opaque, literary gem, "Lying in Bed."
  2. Edwidge Danticat’s “Krik? Krak!”  • 
    Writing in spare, elegant language, Danticat's "Krik? Krak!" is a moving testimonial of man's inhumanity to man — especially man's inhumanity to woman — that you cannot leave untouched. Moving beyond the frustratingly ephemeral considerations of presidential politics, Danticat's poetry of pain is an indelible portrait.
  3. Richard Ford’s “Independence Day”  • 
    With its Proustian pace and its wide thematic territory, Richard Ford's "Independence Day" is, if anything, a better book than its predecessor, "The Sportswriter." You can't ask for much more in summer reading: a thick, absorbing narrative that quietly slides into profundity and social critique without your even noticing.
  4. Martin Amis’ “The Information”  • 
    Martin Amis's "The Information" is a novel that's glibly self-conscious about the entire literary publication process, and bitter as horseradish about it, too. It's a novel that's sure to offend, horrify, and amuse anyone that's ever indulged in writing, book reviewing, editing, or publishing.
  5. Stephen Dixon’s “Interstate”  • 
    Stephen Dixon's "Interstate" takes no shortcuts and uses no euphemisms in confronting the dark side of our jarring, claustrophobic, and increasingly violent society. It's a blunt and revelatory look at the anxieties that creep around in our subconscious night after night, and not soon to be forgotten.