The Cost of Living by Rob Roberge Other Voices Books, April 13, 2013. $16 Paperback ISBN: 978-1938604294 290 Pages
Review by Art Edwards
I approached The Cost of Living, Rob Roberge’s third novel and first with Other Voices Books, with the hope I approach any novel with a substantial rock and roll backdrop. As a rock novelist three times over, I’m always looking for reasons to get excited about this underrepresented genre. Every time I see a writer my age focusing his energies on some futuristic alternate reality, or domestic milieu, or bloodsucking tale with nary a Stratocaster in sight,
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Brain Pickings has more about Nina Katchadourian’s book spine poetry.
Hello, one and all! My kids are home on Spring Break, so I almost forgot what day it was. Luckily, I am not a big literary link slacker this week, and I have plenty of reading material for you to peruse through the weekend.
First up, if you’re a bit behind in your Word Riot reading, can I suggest two favorites from the last issue? I really liked, if “like” is the right word, The State of Women: August 26, 1920 by Tara Gilboy. Also: David Foster Wallace was Wrong: Why John
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I read David Foster Wallace’s collection of essays, Consider the Lobster, after finishing his A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never do Again and being so inspired I wrote a 12,000-word essay about Van Halen using its title story as a model. I greatly looked forward to Lobster to continue my nonfiction trek with Wallace. I’d finished Infinite Jest a few months after learning of DFW’s suicide, a book that lack of time and jealousy and maybe a little good sense necessitated skipping until then. I wrote two separate reviews of Infinite Jest for its fifteenth anniversary in 2011, where I
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“celebrating hundreds of years of cat jerkitude” (via Cats n Cats)
Are you holed up in your Boston hotel room, trying to fortify yourself for Saturday Night at AWP? Are you sitting at home wishing you were? Are not bothered either way? No matter! Let’s have some literary links for you to peruse.
Hey, let’s give some love to Lit Link Roundups that are better about updating than I am: Gina Frangello quotes my favorite Pablo Neruda sonnet over at The Rumpus, among other things.
Here’s the full soneto XVII, if you like.
Montana Represent: David Abrams‘ Fobbit was nominated for
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Damascus by Joshua Mohr Two Dollar Radio, 2011. $16. ISBN-978-0982684894 224 pages.
Review by Art Edwards
I avoided Joshua Mohr’s novel Termite Parade because I’d read a blurb that said one of its characters’ bodies was infested with termites, an image reinforced by the cover of the book, which depicts a man with termites ravaging his gums. This avoidance came with some regret. The author and I are both West Coast novelists–a group I like to support–and we’re both graduates of the University of San Francisco’s graduate writing program (go, Dons). Moreover, Termite Parade was released by the indie press
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