- July 17, 2014
ZYZZYVA All Stars Summer Celebration!
Location: 6 p.m., McRoskey Mattress Co. Showroom, Market Street, San Francisco
Description: Join us for a free celebration, featuring readings from recent and past contributors, including Dan Alter, Glen David Gold, Edie Meidav, Vanessa Hua, and more! Refreshments courtesy of our friends at Boccalone Salumeria and Wine and Spirits Magazine. RSVP your ticket here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/719864
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In her 1985 book, Desert Passages: Encounters with the American Deserts, historian Patricia Nelson Limerick pondered the reactions to the desert from people such as Mark Twain, explorer and surveyor John C. Frémont, irrigation promoter William Ellsworth Smythe, and art historian John Van Dyke. In her introduction she writes, “While the actual landscape is of considerable importance in this story, the intellectual focus rests on the different appearance and meaning available to different viewers.” That passage could describe the running theme of Rubén Martínez’s riveting new book, Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West (Metropolitan Books). “The …Continue reading
Probably the most enjoyable theme through all of John Brandon’s novels is his fascination with people in solitude, because it allows Brandon to linger on often-bizarre penchants and lifestyles. In Arkansas we saw the partnership of Swin Ruiz and Kyle Ribb, two young guys whose utter weirdness in personality lands them in the drug running business. In Citrus County, he focused on the dark longings of his characters, which they ponder on long walks through the forest, or during detention in an undecorated middle-school classroom. In his new novel, A Million Heavens (McSweeney’s; 272 pages), Brandon maintains his interest in …Continue reading