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Book Review: Omicron Ceti III: Stories by Thomas P. Balázs

No, this has nothing much to do with Star Trek, but it is an enterprising collection of nine diverse stories of wit and whimsy by Thomas P. Balázs. Read More »

Book Review: The New Devil’s Dictionary: A New Version of the Cynical Classic by Rhoda Koenig, Illustrated by Peter Breese

"Eternal abstractions, fashionable imbecilities, words used without regard to their implicit fatuity or chicanery”: Koenig’s witty and mordant book of brickbats and bon mots updates the Bierce classic. Read More »

Vinyl Tap: Bewitched, Bothered, and Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: Scaring Up the Spooky Stuff

I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in, and came up with this tragically inexhaustive compendium of musical treats that scare me trickless. Read More »

Book Review: Damascus by Joshua Mohr

Come to the Damascus, the anti-Cheers where everybody knows your business or your back story, and where “every interchange was a con, every night, a pitiful costume party,” Read More »

Book Review: Our Daily Bread: A Novel by Lauren B. Davis

Strikingly-told family drama, psychological novel, reality on cement blocks. Simmering Us vs. Them tensions threaten peace between God-fearing small town and impoverished and abusive backwoods neighbors. Read More »

Book Review: Hustle by Jason Skipper

In this absorbing debut an aspiring musician has plans to breakaway from the con-artist ways of his rudderless woman-chasing father and alcoholic ex-con grandfather. Read More »

Vinyl Tap: Tom Waits – “Hang Down Your Head”

If the brooding “Hang Down Your Head” finds instrumental complement with Rain Dogs' more adventurous raucousness, it distinguishes itself with its heartfelt simplicity and directness. Read More »

Book Review: B-Sides and Broken Hearts by Caryn Rose

If you hate Dave Matthews you'll love this novel. The death of Joey Ramone triggers a life-altering course of events for the protagonist of Rose’s debut novel. Read More »

Vinyl Tap: Elvis Costello – “Couldn’t Call it Unexpected No. 4″

A poignant and disquieting song of solace and serendipity set to an infectiously melodic and rollicking carnival tune. Read More »

Vinyl Tap: Pixies – “Break My Body”

It was the shock of the raucous and enigmatic new, careening away in quiet-loud dynamics of sex, scripture, and surreality. Read More »