Three newly translated books by barely legal authors–one Polish, one Russian, one Japanese–question the point of coming of age at all.
Freshly translated lit from Russia, France, Greece, and the Czexch Republic
Every few days since early July a new batch of black-and-white portraits has appeared in the east windows of the warehouse at 4642-44 N. Western. They now stretch across the building’s top three stories, easily visible from the adjacent Brown Line platform. Some of the subjects are smiling, some are serious; some are in military […]
AMAZONIA: FIVE YEARS AT THE EPICENTER OF THE DOT.COM JUGGERNAUT James Marcus New Press James Marcus’s amusing memoir tells how it was to be in the right place (Seattle) at the right time (the 90s). Personally interviewed by Jeff Bezos, Marcus was the 55th hire at then ramshackle Amazon.com. Tired of starving as a freelance […]
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In early April, Luis Alberto Urrea read from his new book, The Devil’s Highway, at Anderson’s Bookshop in his hometown of Naperville. The true story of 14 Mexican migrants who died while crossing the Arizona desert in 2001–and the 12 who survived–the book took Urrea a year to research, including a week riding shotgun with […]
Robert Newman’s The Fountain at the Center of the World is an old-fashioned protest novel, a gripping tale of antiglobalist political action that culminates in an exhaustive account of the 1999 WTO dustup in Seattle. Newman has the perfect populist resume for such a project–according to his author bio he’s worked as a farmhand, house […]
Uncle Fun in Lakeview has long been the place to go for stink bombs, mini harmonicas, dashboard hula dancers, and John Wayne paper dolls. But this weekend the toy store’s upstairs gallery will feature a different set of oddities–zinesters, poets, bloggers, and progressive punk publishers–in a reading hosted by Uncle Fun employee Billy Roberts, who […]
AGAINST LOVE: A POLEMIC Laura Kipnis Pantheon The title of the latest from cultural critic Laura Kipnis’s seems tactically misleading. Romantic love makes a juicy target for a would-be enfant terrible–the apparent ambition of a writer who opens her book with a “Reader’s Advisory” that warns us to “Please fasten your seatbelts: we are about […]
Dan Sullivan’s first performance at the Mental Graffiti open mike was on April 7, 2003–the day he turned 21 and thus the first night Funky Buddha Lounge would let him in. Host Krystal Ashe knew him from the all-ages slam scene–he’d won the 2002 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award–and scheduled him to perform at […]
When writer-director Jefferson Root was making his first film, a romantic comedy about four guys, their obsession with mix tapes, and the women who put up with them, he naturally wanted to stack the sound track with his own favorite songs. By the fall of 2002 a rough cut of Mix Tape had been shot […]
Dear Editors: I’d like to applaud Justin Hayford for the praise he extends to Viaduct Theater’s production of Denis Johnson’s Hellhound on My Trail [September 27]. However, the cursory way he dismisses the third act–“only in the last third of the final scene does his sense of drama fall apart completely”; “neither he nor Cass […]