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Disillusionment at the Ancestral Courtnew

Recently, when the publication of a paperback version of my first book The Menuhins: A Family Odyssey (the book originally came out in hardcover in 1978), I remembered my visit to Brooklyn to meet my Hassidic ancestors.
Random Lengths News  |  Lionel Rolfe  |  12-24-2014  |  Original Work

Bikes to Books: A literary bike tournew

San Francisco is famous for many things, one of which is its vast literary legacy, a legacy that stretches back to its earliest days. On October 2, 1988, 12 small streets scattered throughout the city were renamed for famous authors and artists who had lived in San Francisco, as proposed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. 25 years later, we’ve devised a bike tour and interactive, multi-layered map connecting all 12 streets and authors, from Jack London to Jack Kerouac, South Park to North Beach. The tour itself is admittedly not for the faint of heart nor gear—these streets were not named because of their proximity to bike lanes— and there’s plenty of traffic to dodge, hills, one-way streets, and even a set of stairs to climb, but it’s still a diverting and unique way to celebrate both the literary and the adventurous spirit of San Francisco. Takes between two and three hours from start to finish, and lands you right in front of two very important literary landmarks: City Lights Bookstore and Vesuvio Café!
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Nicole Gluckstern and Burrito Justice  |  10-06-2013  |  Original Work

Best of Flash Fiction: October 2012new

The fairy tale is a timeless tale. But we love to update, rearrange, reconfigure the familiar to make it new and more applicable, but the beautiful sometimes horrifying center still quivers, groans, and blushes (albeit what we consider to be the "center" shifts with time). Johanna DeBiase proves this with intelligence, humor, and creative insight in her "Time Upon Once: 3 Tales."
San Antonio Current  |  Lyle Rosdahl  |  10-31-2012  |  Original Work

A Personal Odyssey To The Land Down Undernew

Southern California cultural arts thinker and writer Lionel Rolfe reflects on his time in Australia with Kron Nicolas and his wife as he recovers from the emotional strain of divorce.
Random Lengths News  |  Lionel Rolfe  |  08-30-2012  |  Original Work

Sizist Spawnnew

New Times SLO's annual 55 Fiction competition, a literary contest in which all stories are 55 words or less, and illustrated by Neal Breton. The issue is dedicated to the memory of Ray Bradbury.
San Luis Obispo New Times  |  New Times staff  |  07-05-2012  |  Original Work

Vladimir Rodzianko -- The Real Ghost Of Rasputinnew

I never was too clear from Vladimir’s many and graphic memories of his time with Makarova of the exact gossip of who was doing what to whom. But Rodzianko talked with a certain enthusiasm about Nureyev’s famed collection of cock rings and his myriad of sexual peccadilloes. The rumors of which were mostly true, Rodzianko assured me.
Random Lengths News  |  Lionel Rolfe  |  01-14-2011  |  Original Work

Graphic Novels Come of Age in Monterey County and Around the Worldnew

In his own way, Jeff Hoke embodied the growing stature of the Alternative Press Expo's art form, which spans generations, and has gained momentum in the move from obscure subculture to piercing niches in the mainstream. Though he’s part of a genre that’s growing, Hoke admits he’s still got some ways to go.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Walter Ryce  |  02-22-2010  |  Original Work

'Death By Oboe': Fiction Contest '09 Winnernew

From the Judge: Death By Oboe invites us into a complete, quirky and tangible world. It isn't self-indulgent, but doesn't hesitate to linger over odd, honest details like the jostling of a roomful of porcelain figurines — a moment both physically present and emotionally revealing.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Jessica Penzias  |  01-05-2010  |  Original Work

The Shadowy Panels of 'You Have Killed Me'new

You Have Killed Me is a graphic novel in the hyper-stylized tradition of film noir.
The Portland Mercury  |  Alison Hallett  |  08-06-2009  |  Original Work

'Entrapment': A Never-Before-Published Story by Nelson Algrennew

About 300 pages of an unfinished novel wound up in the Algren archives at Ohio State University, and in edited form they make their first public appearance as "Entrapment," from a new collection of previously unpublished work by Algren edited by Brooke Horvath and Dan Simon for Seven Stories Press.
Chicago Reader  |  Nelson Algren  |  04-13-2009  |  Original Work

Unzipping the Mysteries of 'The Big Penis Book'new

Edited by Dian Hanson, the oversized, flesh-colored tome is a treasure trove of every big dick that ever worked the streets of smut, porn or anything that called for the services of someone with an unnatural growth between their legs.
Willamette Week  |  Byron Beck  |  10-01-2008  |  Original Work

Speechless: 'Many More Splendid Sundays!'new

Many More Splendid Sundays! is the follow-up to a book that only dreamers could have believed wouldn’t be a financial failure: a gargantuan, $125 tome of hundred-year-old Little Nemo strips.
San Antonio Current  |  John DeFore  |  09-17-2008  |  Original Work

'Lulu Eightball' Creator Sits Down With Instructional Tomes On How to Bring Comics to Lifenew

We'll be looking at three works--Will Eisner's instructional trilogy Comics and Sequential Art, Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative, and Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative; and Lynda Barry's What It Is, published recently, and Scott McCloud's 2006 Making Comics--that explore making comics.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Emily Flake  |  09-16-2008  |  Original Work

Fast Furious Free Downloadable Book Series Delivers Sketchy Materialnew

Jury: Welcome to the Special Power and Lil' Craze Going on in South America, the first two books released in the Magic Propaganda Mill's new series, are "written, researched, illustrated, designed and published" in less than two weeks.
San Antonio Current  |  Jeremy Martin  |  08-20-2008  |  Original Work

'Comic Book Tattoo': The Most Prominent Comics/Music Mashup Yetnew

Measuring 12-by-12 inches (just like the sleeves of your LPs), it features 50 stories inspired by the songs of well-known comics fan Tori Amos. It also marks the return to comics of Mike Dringenberg, one of the creators of seminal '90s comic series Sandman.
Willamette Week  |  Brandon Seifert  |  07-16-2008  |  Original Work

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