When the Canon Takes Aim: A Review of Jordan Abel’s...

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Injun, by Jordan Abel. Talonbooks, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. $16.95 (Canada/U.S.) The atrocities inflicted on the indigenous peoples of the Americas through the centuries are well-documented...

Heartache

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She had used the word like a child in a fairy tale: rattlesnake, bone break, morning wake, milkshake. There are words we use, words...

Dying Lessons

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1. My mother sat in the entrance hall of her assisted living residence when I arrived.  Her Barbara Bush white hair was brushed neatly, her...

“Eyes” by William H. Gass: A Review

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William Gass is a master of the English language. His prose is smooth and muscular: at once honey dripping off a hot tin roof,...

Like Water on Stone – a novel of Armenia

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LIKE WATER ON STONE --two excerpts-- About the book An award-winning novel in verse, Like Water on Stone is an imaginative reconstruction of the author's grandmother's escape and survival...

The House (The Gardens of Silihdar)

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An indelible portrait of a house, and garden, in a long-vanished Constantinople, that formed Zabel's young imagination and gave shape to a writer's abiding sensibility

In the Ruins

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"Under a superb, dazzling sun, the devastated city stretches outward like a cemetery without end." Zabel reports on the 1909 massacres in Adana

The Man

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“In terror, there is a kind of sublime, delightful pleasure.” A haunted memory from Zabel's student days in Paris.

My Self and I

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When I was fourteen, I fell through a hotel window in Russia. It’s a story I have told countless times. The details were chosen...

Astronomy

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1.I was born in the Bronx, our building destined to become a burned-out tenement populated by rats, crack heads, meth heads, severed heads. We...