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Fiction: The Lone Ranger and Don Quixote Joust

A cowboy hero, lost in the modern world of the 1950s, turns outlaw and escapes a massive, high-tech posse only to be flattened by a tractor trailer hauling toilets, emblazoned with the nihilistic slogan “America Builds For . . .”

In Conversation

Rudolph Delson with Yael Korman

Right before turning thirty, Rudolph Delson left law to compose and complete his first novel Maynard and Jennica which, like its author, proved to be ambitious.

Fiction: Angels Among Us

Two angels masquerade as a hair stylist and a head attendant at the Sunnyside nursing home in Hog Temple, Texas.

Poetry: Labyrinthine Fuges

The sensibility that emerges from Cuban poet José Kozer’s labyrinthine, exuberant, questing poetry—generously sampled in this superbly produced and translated bilingual edition—can be described as attuned.

Nonfiction: Play On

What is music for? If most pleasurable activities have an evolutionary basis, then the joy we find in both violin concertos and Kelly Clarkson anthems must be rooted in a practical purpose.

Fiction: The Bleak Life

“In the beginning was the word and the word was mud” (John1:1). This quote prefaces Good Brother, by Peter Markus, detailing characters living and surviving in a particular, diminished landscape.

Fiction: My Name is Lily

You board a train, only to learn after it’s left the station that the tracks that lie ahead haven’t been bolted down. You speed along, wondering when the train will derail and how bad the wreck will be.

Fiction: Rain & Revolution

Caspian Rain by Gina B. Nahai is the story of twelve year old Yaas. She’s born to a mother who grew up in the slums of South Tehran, one block from the old Jewish ghetto; her father is the son of wealthy Iranian Jews.

Poetry Roundup

Stephen Paul Miller, Skinny Eighth Avenue; Eileen Tabios, Dredging for Atlantis ; Edited by Murat Nemet-Nejat, Eda: An Anthology of Contemporary Turkish Poetry (Talisman House, 2004)


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2007

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