On Ugliness – Umberto Eco

Praises are sung in honor of beauty, lives have lost for it, wars have been waged for it (thanks, Helen, ya strumpet) so why are we fascinated by ugliness? Umberto Eco presents a historical compendium of ugliness and horror throughout time. Ugliness in the Classical...

The Room – Hubert Selby Jr.

I am giving this 5 stars not because I liked it, but because it succeeded in what it was trying to accomplish. A beyond disturbingly horrible nightmare of a read but brilliantly executed. The completely anti-climactic ending left me stunned when I realized what it...

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The Literary Chick Interviews Adam Smyer

The Literary Chick Interviews Adam Smyer

Right now I am working on Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power, by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy. Nonfiction, for a change. It is eye-opening. I am reading “great” here not as just very good but as life-changing and important. Time capsule shit. So...

The Literary Chick Interviews Rod Picott

The Literary Chick Interviews Rod Picott

I wouldn’t say I had favorite authors as a child. It was more that I was enamored with particular books. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, Marathon Man, Three Days of the Condor all had rich characters. I went through my Catcher in the Rye phase like a lot of young...

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