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Light Action in the Caribbean by Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez, born January 6, 1945, is an American author of fiction and nonfiction. He has published nine works of fiction and seven nonfiction including Of Wolves and Men, a National Book Award finalist. The San Francisco Chronicle has described him as “the nation’s premiere nature writer.” His fiction draws heavily upon his knowledge and…

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Stalking The Warrior’s Path: With Casey Clabough

So here, finally, is the feature on Casey Clabough’s, The Warrior’s Path–published in the Twisted South Magazine–faculty member Eric J. Wallace has been badgering you about for weeks on end. For those who contributed, thank you much. (There will be a follow-up on this featuring Zephren and Page Turner Studios, automatic 12 gauge shotguns, psychedelic…

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Nourishing the Creative Palate

My favorite author for writers is Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones, Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life). She tells writers to give themselves “permission to be lousy” so that they might free themselves from the demands of the internal editors that block the flow of the creative process. By freeing yourself from an internal…

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Stupidly Intimate Emails (#2)

Here’s a strange and somewhat shadowy transmission penned by my dear friend, and beloved midnight-hour acquaintance, Duke Gordon. I found it when visiting the hillside shithole apartment he, two years ago, in a fit of drunken paranoia, abandoned. On the top shelf of a dusty closet there was a shoe box with a calligraphic scrawl across a strip of camouflage duct tape: “Death Rattles…

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Masterful Imagery: Charles D’Ambrosio’s The Dead Fish Museum

Jon Dittman The eight stories that comprise Charles D’Ambrosio’s The Dead Fish Museum vary greatly in plot and content, but are tied together so cohesively by the effervescent metaphors and imagery that each story, though distinct, feels connected to one another.  The images and metaphors used by D’Ambrosio are so powerful and poetic that they…

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A Mythic Love Magnified by the Sustaining Food of Laura Esquirel’s  Like Water for Chocolate

Food as sustenance is in and of itself a mythic paradigm as is illustrated by the growing Slow Food movement’s response to our disconnection from our food sources resulting from the modern fast food diet. It is not by chance that writers use words reflecting a variety of states of hunger and feeding to describe…

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Geoff Dyer, But Beautiful, and the Art of Sincerity

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the myriad ways artists can go about addressing our so-called audience (the human-beings that wind up encountering and hopefully experiencing the art) while also maintaining and honoring the sanctity of a process which, when it comes to literature, is by nature an enterprise of solitude. Without…