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Walks to the Paradise Garden by J.W. McCormack
Walks Through Paradise Garden

In a 1988 interview for the LA Times, self-taught artist Reverend Howard Finster explained his creative predicament …

Roque Larraquy’s Comemadre by J.W. McCormack
Comemadre Abedit

Let’s begin with death. “Let’s say that in the course of all human experience, death is pure conjecture: it is, as such, not an experience. And all that which is not an experience is useless to mankind.” The speaker here is Ledesma, one of a cadre of lovelorn, thoroughly chauvinistic doctors up to no good at a sanatorium just outside Buenos Aires.

A World Without the Present: on Yoko Tawada’s The Emissary by J.W. McCormack
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The novelist’s latest imagines an apocalypse that feels all too likely.

Two Things at Once: On Harry Mathews’ The Solitary Twin by J.W. McCormack
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The pleasures of literary play in the writer’s final novel.

Nebulous Geography: On Renee Gladman’s Houses of Ravicka by J.W. McCormack
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The imagined city from Gladman’s Ravicka series is as elusive as human self-hood. 

Sacred Folly: on Romain Gary’s The Kites and Promise at Dawn by J.W. McCormack
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A rediscovered novel and memoir depict a character we are lucky to have on the page. In life he would mortify us.

California, Failed Experiment by J.W. McCormack
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The title of Claire Vaye Watkins’s first novel, Gold Fame Citrus, names just three of California’s historic exports. It’s a list to which, just for fun, we might add surfing, In-N-Out Burger, health fads, The Doors, cults, and—at least lately—post-apocalyptic novels.

Ned Beauman by J.W. McCormack
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Read, rave, and research.

Jason Schwartz by J.W. McCormack
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Household archeology, bygone telephone etiquette, townball, and the teasing sepulcher that is John the Posthumous.

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