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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Book Review: “Five Cities” — Urban Meditations on Turkish History and Culture by Vincent Czyz

Five Cities is a species of psychogeography, a deep map, that weighs the effects of topography, urban environments, and monuments of the past on mood and perspective. The post Book Review: …

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Book Review: “The Feral Detective” — Strictly From Hunger by Vincent Czyz

Farcical fight and sex scenes might be forgivable, but the “mystery” is so barely there it utterly fails to engage -- and that’s lethal to a novel in this genre. The post Book Review: …

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Book Review: “The Ruins of Ani” — Into the Mystic by Vincent Czyz

The Ruins of Ani illuminates one of those rare places that leaves visitors feeling they might have to dust off the word mystical to describe the experience. The post Book Review: “The Ruin…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Book Review: “Madonna in a Fur Coat” — Sabahattin Ali’s Extensive Epitaph by Vincent Czyz

It’s worth pointing out that Sabahattin Ali has deliberately reversed traditional gender roles in Madonna in a Fur Coat. The post Book Review: “Madonna in a Fur Coat” — S…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Book Review: “Bible Nation” — The Misleading Religion of Hobby Lobby by Vincent Czyz

This is an important and timely book, one that happens to be compulsively readable and that anyone even mildly interested in the intersection between religion and politics, faith and science…

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Remembrance: “Purified Modernist” William Gass — A Wizard of the Word by Vincent Czyz

William Gass's primal loyalty was to the words composing his texts.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Book Review: Richard Gessner — Sounding out Shapes with the Logic of Dreams by Vincent Czyz

Richard Gessner’s head is a cavern piled high with wonders—original images, fresh metaphors, mind-stretching scenarios, and alternate world orders.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Poetry Review: Dark Illumination in the “Punk Hotel” by Vincent Czyz

Poet Rob Cook bends time and space at will, dispenses with natural laws when convenient, and shuffles sensory perception like a deck of cards.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Book Review: “Debriefing the President” — Ignorance is Tragedy by Vincent Czyz

So now you know: Saddam’s fearsome weapon of mass destruction was a novel.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Literary Homage: John Berger’s Masterpiece, “A Painter of Our Time” by Vincent Czyz

A Painter of Our Time is a gorgeous rumination on art, love, sexuality, revolution, capitalism, exile, propaganda, politics, human nature, and society.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fuse Remembrance: Homage to Paul West — The Cosmic Range of an Eccentric Genius by Vincent Czyz

"Surely the passion for the plain, the homespun, the banal is itself a form of betrayal, a refusal to look honestly at a complex universe." -- Paul West

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Fuse Book Review: “Beasts You’ll Never See” — Short Stories that Elicit Shrieks of Hilarity by Vincent Czyz

Nate Liederbach demotes plot and Aristotelian mechanics, replacing them with the acrobatics of a beer-loud voice.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fuse Book Review: Taking God On — Atheists Should Come Out Fighting by Vincent Czyz

Fighting God is logically argued, lucid, and makes a powerful case for a more secular nation.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fuse Book Review: “My Brooklyn Writer Friend” — Flashes in the Gloom by Vincent Czyz

Thanks in large part to brevity alone, the way these stories work is closer to poetry than to fiction.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Fuse Poetry Review: Two Chapbooks from Anton Yakovlev — Urban Alienation, Perfectly Pitched by Vincent Czyz

Yakovlev's poems speak to the reader quietly, with assumed familiarity.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Fuse Book Review: “Shout It Out Loud” — KISS and Sell by Vincent Czyz

Shout It Out Loudbegins as a forensic examination of KISS’s Destroyer album, but it ends up as more than a book about an album, the group, or even the metal tributary of ’70s rock.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fuse Book Review: Three Early Works from Sci-Fi Master Samuel R. Delany by Vincent Czyz

Taken together, these entertaining early novels present a noteworthy collection—particularly for Samuel R. Delany fans.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Fuse Book Review: “Counternarratives” — Stories About History’s Metamorphosis by Vincent Czyz

What John Keene has given us in Counternarratives is fearless fiction. Counternarratives by John Keene, New Directions, 320 pages, $24.95. Historical fiction is all well and good for novels,…

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Fuse Poetry Review: “Long Way Back to the End” — Zero to the Icy Bone by Vincent Czyz

American poet Paul B. Roth is keenly aware that a striking phrase can set a dream in motion.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fuse Book Review: “Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life” — Intimations of a Seminal Thinker’s Aura by Vincent Czyz

Ttracing his intellectual growth as well as the trajectory of his emotions, Benjamin's biographers have used their research well.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fuse Book Review: “The Thaw” — Memorable Stories of Fear and Loathing in Iceland by Vincent Czyz

Throughout these superb stories, there is a certain desolation, of the heart as well as of the landscape.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Fuse Book Review: “Natura Morta” — A Powerful Still Life in Prose by Vincent Czyz

The omniscient narrator in Natura Morta is flawlessly neutral, allowing the images, the minimal action, and the character’s reactions to the events of this single day in a Roman square te…

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fuse Book Review: “The Star of Istanbul” — A Literary Historical Thriller by Vincent Czyz

Robert Olen Butler chose his protagonist wisely. Christopher Marlowe Cobb is a man of both intellect and physicality, of thought and action.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fuse Book Review: Little Lamb, Who Tried to Kill Thee? — Exploring the Story of Abraham and Isaac by Vincent Czyz

In the superb "But where is the lamb?," James Goodman takes up the numerous ramifications, moral and otherwise, of God’s chilling command to sacrifice Isaac and Abraham’s — perhaps mor…

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Fuse Book Review: “Heat” — An Imaginatively Imaginary Interview with Actress Jean Seberg by Vincent Czyz

"Heat" is a fictional interview in which Dickinson asks uncomfortably intimate questions and then imagines the answers Seberg might have given.

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