Scent Stories

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Really cool packaging and design concepts for a fragrance line coming out of Poland. All the scents are named and inspired after famous writers. Now as for a the smell... that's only something folks out in Poland can attest to.

Props to Lovely Package

A Cold Dish

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A stalwart advocate for freedom of speech, Taslima Nasrin is an exiled political and artistic refugee who has had her share of literary revenge. Despite her work being banned in Bangladesh and India, and even as multiple fatwas have called for her head, she continues to write, speak out, and win awards around the world. Her latest North American release, Revenge (Feminist Press, 2010), is a short novel whose title, in keeping with the life of its author, promises struggle and ready action. 

Wandering Words, Wandering People

The Part About the Plot

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Readers of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 typically enter this whirlpool of a novel through its first section, “The Part About the Critics.” Recent editions of the novel have split it up by section into five shorter books, as Bolaño specified before his death, opening up the possibility of a non-sequential reading of the work. The five sections could certainly be read in any order, but one wonders if a re-sequencing would have a significant impact on one’s interpretation of the novel.

The Passionate Gardener

100 Years of Miguel Hernández

Sunday, June 27, 2010

This year, October 30 marks the centennial birth anniversary of the Spanish poet Miguel Hernández, who died in prison in 1942. Unlike Federico Garcia Lorca, Pablo Neruda, Cesar Vallejos, Juan Ramon Jimenez, and other writers associated with the Spanish Civil War, Hernández remains relatively obscure outside Spain, where he continues to be loved and remembered.

On Description in Fiction

Sunday, June 13, 2010

An interesting point pertaining to prose fiction style caught my attention in the second part of the interview “One Story, Many Voices” (read Part 1 here). Mantle editor Shaun Randol points out that In My Dreams, It Was Simpler doesn’t have a lot of description, eliciting varied reactions and defenses from the novel’s many authors.

One Story, Many Voices (Part 2 of 2)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Interview with Writers for In My Dreams, It Was Simpler

(Part 2 of 2) (read Part 1 here)

One Story, Many Voices (Part 1 of 2)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Interview with writers for In My Dreams, It Was Simpler

(Part 1 of 2) (Part 2 of 2 here)

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