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Too Cool to be Forgotten

TOO COOL TO BE FORGOTTEN By ALEX ROBINSON Top Shelf Productions, 2008 ISBN: 9781891830983 125 Pages; Hardcover GENRE(S): Fiction, Graphic Novel Reviewed by Michael Ward Alex Robinson—winner of the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Awards—made his impact in the world of independent comics with the release of his long running Box Office Poison, a comic book…

John Hodgman

The Influence of Anxiety

THE INFLUENCE OF ANXIETY: What Are Blurbs For? By DOROTHY PARKA I was seduced by John Hodgman. No, not that way! He seduced me into reading a book by blurbing it in a highly complimentary fashion. About ten years ago, I discovered that I didn’t like books that were blurbed by Padgett Powell. Powell, besides…

Hari Kunzru

An Interview with Hari Kunzru

An Interview with Hari Kunzru By BRIAN HURLEY Aside from the name on the spine, the three novels by British-Kashmiri author Hari Kunzru might seem to have nothing to do with one another. The Impressionist is a sweeping picaresque about race and social hierarchies during the decline of the British Empire. Transmission hops lightly around…

Black Jesus By Geoffrey Becker

Black Elvis by Geoffrey Becker

BLACK ELVIS By GEOFFREY BECKER University of Georgia Press, 2009 ISBN: 9780820334103 173 pages; Paperback GENRE(S): Fiction Reviewed by Chris Mackowski Geoffrey Becker’s short stories in Black Elvis may leave the reader scratching his or her head—but that’s just the point. Becker’s characters are frequently left scratching their heads, too. Winner of the Flannery O’Connor…