Shit, I Missed Banned Books Week

SEX SELLS: Featuring Leopold and Molly Bloom and an occasional Stephen Dedalus (my namesake), “Ulysses” apparent offenses included depictions of masturbation and Molly’s 50-page, stream-of-conscious riff about her sexual experiences and related desires.

Despite all of the press releases, despite all the bookstore banners, and despite the groundswell of media attention, I managed to miss Banned Books Week. Last week! Perhaps I was blinded by its ubiquity — I couldn’t see the forest for the trees (before it was pulped into paperbacks). Or maybe there is something more sinister…… Continue reading Shit, I Missed Banned Books Week

Poet Michael Giotis Shares New Collection ‘Daybreak’

Daybreak poet Michael Giotis.

Petaluma, CA-based poet Michael Giotis will read selections of his upcoming poetry collection, Daybreak, a collection of 40 poems that represent a snapshot of the author wrestling with existential quandaries and the vagaries of love in the postmodern era. Daybreak is available at FMRL. Daybreak will be released on August 24, 2019, by Petaluma-based FMRL…… Continue reading Poet Michael Giotis Shares New Collection ‘Daybreak’

Works by Marquis de Sade and Andre Breton Now French Treasures

Who's the more surreal — the surrealist or the fish that follows him?

As far as literary bedfellows are concerned, the Marquis de Sade and Andre Breton make for an odd pair. With a gulf of 72 years separating the former’s death and the latter’s birth, they might’ve twisted a shared tongue with their work — both were French — but there was to be no bed between…… Continue reading Works by Marquis de Sade and Andre Breton Now French Treasures