Under the Influence #9, Meditations

April 12, 2019 Intro Wherein Gillian Cummings pens an achingly beautiful tribute to Sylvia Plath and death; Natalie Singer praises the sharp eye of Lia Purpura, a talent for observation so keen it rekindles her own; Brendan Lorber goes fragmentary and nautical in his shout-out to Rimbaud; and Caroline Leavitt tunes in to Maggie O’Farrell …

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Under the Influence #8, Perspective

March 5, 2019 Intro Wherein Michael J. Wilson pens a brief, brilliant love letter to Hart Crane; Joseph Salvatore praises the perspective gained from ancestors both biological (his father, and his cousin Rocky Marciano) and literary (Don DeLillo), Christine Sneed muses on Joan Silber’s singular achievements in first person storytelling, and Sequoia Negamatsu shares his …

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TNB Book Review: Gabino Iglesias’s Coyote Songs, reviewd by Kurt Baumeister

TNB Book Review: Gabino Iglesias’s Coyote Songs, reviewd by Kurt Baumeister By Kurt Baumeister November 13, 2018 Fiction Reviews America today is more polarized than it’s been at any point in my lifetime. Socially, politically, racially, economically, religiously…in many ways, this division is born of willful ignorance, the result of small minds glorying in hackneyed thoughts and …

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Entropy Magazine’s “Under the Influence”: Call for Submissions

LITERATURE UNDER THE INFLUENCE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS written by Kurt Baumeister April 13, 2018 Announcing a new feature for Entropy called Under the Influence. If you want to contribute, pick a writer who has influenced your writing and write 100 words on that author, mentioning at least one significant, illustrative work. It’s that simple. To keep this as relevant as …

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Pax Americana Reviewed by Critic John Domini for Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Pop Culture Tropes and Chilling Satire: A Review of Kurt Baumeister’s “Pax Americana” By John Domini On September 18, 2017 · 0 Comments · In Book Review, Featured, Lit.   These are dark times for black comedy, especially if a humorist takes on American politics. A mere novel, it would seem, can never match the Real World. The problem clearly occurred to Kurt Baumeister, …

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The Nervous Breakdown’s Review Microbrew, Volume 8

The Nervous Breakdown’s Review Microbrew, Volume 8 By Kurt BaumeisterAugust 24, 2017 Books & Publishing   The Gypsy Moth Summer by Julia Fierro   Powered by prose at once enchanting and colloquial, true, vividly-realized characters, and a literary voice that practically reverberates with authority, Fierro’s The Gypsy Moth Summer may not only be this year’s best second novel, but …

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TNB Book Review: The Sarah Book, by Scott McClanahan

TNB Book Review: The Sarah Book, by Scott McClanahan By Kurt BaumeisterJuly 03, 2017 Fiction Reviews “Country roads, take me home To the place I belong West Virginia, mountain momma Take me home, country roads” -John Denver, “Take Me Home, Country Roads”   If I were partial to the Denver School of Criticism, I might spend hours coming …

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