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Under the Influence #7, Magic

UNDER THE INFLUENCE #7, MAGIC written by Kurt Baumeister December 12, 2018 Intro Wherein Jana Martin lauds the “Sunbelt-oddness-filled” and “hot blast evangelism” of Joy Williams, Paul Cohen tells how Saul Bellow’s words stalked him across a continent and turned him into a writer, Debra Di Blasi brings us the ambience of Guy de Maupassant, D. Harlan …

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Under the Influence #6, Negative Capability

UNDER THE INFLUENCE #6, NEGATIVE CAPABILITY written by Kurt Baumeister November 9, 2018 Intro Wherein Thaisa Frank discusses Laurence Sterne, Samuel Johnson, and the Throne of Bolivia; Bill Lessard muses on Charles Baudelaire, pin-up; Hank Cherry lauds the realism and self-promotion of Denis Johnson; Jennifer Spiegel declares her love for Elena Ferrante; Jessie Janeshek praises Djuna Barnes’s …

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Under the Influence #5, The Literary Psyche

UNDER THE INFLUENCE #5, THE LITERARY PSYCHE written by Kurt Baumeister October 12, 2018 ran initially at Entropy Magazine Intro Wherein Michael A. Ferro regales us with tales of reading anti-plotter David Foster Wallace. Chris Campanioni makes up words (a tactic I hold in high esteem) as he discusses everything from digestion to the nature of possibilities. …

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Under the Influence #3, Rediscovery

written by Kurt Baumeister August 8, 2018 I’m changing the format here a bit. I’ll have some words on the month’s contributions at the end. For now, let us celebrate the contributors. Kerry Cohen was just on the Today Show a couple weeks ago. Yeah, that Today Show. Holy Hades! Bud Smith is a one-man literature factory. Every time I turn around, dude …

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THE ARENA OF LOVE, a short story

Sunday Stories: “The Arena of Love” By Sunday Stories On June 10, 2018 · 0 Comments · In Sunday Stories The Arena of Love by Kurt Baumeister 1 The Little, Blue Gumshoe Reginald Van Meter wasn’t blue, but he looked it. And not euphemistically, in some down-in-the-mouth, bummed-out-pumpkin sense. Reg didn’t look blue because his wife, kids, and beloved dog, Sinatra, had …

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Under the Influence #1, The Origins Issue

written by Kurt Baumeister June 5, 2018 I remember the clarity of that day’s sky, horizon-filling and cornflower blue, the sunshine that dominated the quad beyond the windows of the university library. Which is ironic, since I was inside paging through back issues of literary journals. Maybe I remember the sky so vividly because of what I …

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Kurt Baumeister Interviewed by Matt Norman for J.M.W.W.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 The World of Pax Americana: An Interview with Kurt Baumeister Earlier this summer, I had the chance to interview novelist Kurt Baumeister about his fantastic debut novel Pax Americana. Part lit fiction, part thriller, part revisionist history, it's one of the most unique books I've read in a very long time. Here's a transcript of …

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