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Small Press Dispatch: I Am Not Famous Anymore by Erin Dorney

Small Press Dispatch: I Am Not Famous Anymore by Erin Dorney

Small Press Dispatch is a new column for short reviews of books and literary magazines published by small, independent publishers. To submit a book or lit mag for review, please email me at klthomas [at] alumni.pitt.edu. Books will be accepted based on interest and availability. I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems after Shia LaBeouf So,...

Stay out of trouble? Not with Kelly Link’s raucous fiction!

When someone tells me to stay out of trouble, I invariably respond with, “Never.” Well behaved women seldom make history, after all. And that is one of the many reasons why I love Kelly Link’s 2015 short story collection, Get in Trouble. These nine stories are fantastically dark and brooding, but not so dark as...

The disruptive narrative in Don Quixote

Cervantes has a habit of interrupting his stories at critical moments. For example, in Chapter VIII, Character-Cervantes (as I discuss in my post Don Quixote: Meta-Masterpiece) interrupts the story of Don Quixote’s battle with the Basque to tell us he doesn’t actually know the ending. Or, for example, the story of Cardenio, which the unfortunate...

My favorite books from 2018

I wanted to do a round up of the best books I read last year, but choosing my five favorites was predictably difficult. I decided to set myself a few parameters: No books I reviewed, no books that are part of a series I started in previous years, no Star Wars, and no more than...

The truth of fiction in The Things They Carried

The truth of fiction in The Things They Carried

I first read this book as a senior in high school. I didn’t know how to react to it. It made me very uncomfortable (especially the few scenes in which animals are involved) but it also struck me as being undeniably true, and for that I couldn’t put it down.  This book is one of...