Recommended Reading: Roxane Gay’s “Difficult Women”

R.I.P. Aaron John Curtis, 10/16/72 – 2/19/17  Cause of death? Reading Roxane Gay‘s “Strange Gods,” the final story in her most recent collection. All of the stories in Difficult Women have appeared (“in slightly altered form”) in various publications before they were collected here, and I imagine that readers who have experienced these stories individually…

Recommended Reading: Joe Hill’s “The Fireman”

When someone is cold and you share your blanket, you’re both warmer than you would’ve been alone.  You offer the sick your medicine and their happiness will be your medicine.  Someone probably a lot smarter than me said hell is other people.  I say you’re in hell when you don’t give to someone who needs,…

Recommended Reading: Tim Johnston’s “Descent”

Lately, nothing makes publishers drool more than the description “literate thriller.”  While I’ve spent many a page-turning night with James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and Jeffrey Deaver, I don’t exactly shout their praises from the rooftops.  Imagine if you could take those page-turning plots and hang some real, believable characters on them, then you’d have a meal instead…

Banned Books Week 2015

Unlike Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian which is often banned due to its content (indeed, it was the most banned book in 2014), Alexie’s Ten Little Indians and Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven were pulled from classrooms in Tucson, Arizona under “H.B. 2281.”  The Tucson law states: THE LEGISLATURE FINDS AND DECLARES…