Where The Wild Things Are

By Christopher Zoukis The tale of a small, mischievous boy named Max, who wears a wolf’s costume as he chases the family dog with a fork, his subsequent banishment by his mother to his room, where, from the magic of his imagination, a wild forest appears and out from nowhere a boat emerges in which […]

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Nabokov (Part Two)

Then came Lolita. At the end of the story, Lolita is older, has a child of her own and is not lovable.  She is used up, ugly and hard.  Yet it is at this point that Humbert Humbert, the older man, falls truly in love with her, and comes to appreciate love for the wonderful […]

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The Man Behind Dracula

By Christopher Zoukis His ashes sit in a white porcelain urn, which looks like a fat, Greek cookie jar.  There’s a silver hasp on each side to keep the lid on.  The urn, half-hidden in shadow, perches on a gray marble shelf.  The shelf is one of many such ‘niches’ in the columbarium, which is […]

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Interview with an Aphorist

Christopher Spranger aphorizes.  And he does it quite well.  In fact, he is the world’s greatest ‘living’ aphorist.  He lives and thinks and aphorizes[1] in Santa Barbara, California, a place where the weather is always perfect. A few of the more famous dead aphorists are E.M. Cioran, Joseph Joubert and Karl Krauss.  Christopher is their […]

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Creed of Violence: A Novel

The Creed of Violence, a novel by Boston Teran, has supposedly been made into a movie.  What’s interesting is not the movie or the novel or the fact that the novel was optioned prior to publication.  What’s interesting is Boston Teran, an author that no one knows anything about.  Very mysterious stuff.  Some people think […]

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Jack Vance: Interview (Part 1)

Part one of a lengthy interview with Jack Vance.  Vance is one of my favorite authors, ranking in my top five.  Vance passed away just over one year ago.  He lived and wrote in Oakland, California, where he enjoyed sailing when he wasn’t working.  The remarkable thing about Vance was his use of the English […]

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