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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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Under the Influence #2, Son of Kid of Baby

UNDER THE INFLUENCE #2, SON OF KID OF BABY written by Kurt Baumeister July 10, 2018 (ran initially at Entropy Magazine) “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet;” – Juliet, Act II, Scene II of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare   In school, we’re taught we can …

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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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