Jim Feast

Gerald Nicosia, Beat Scrapbook (Brooklyn: Coolgrove Press, 2020) 113 pages, $19.95 Gerald Nicosia has dedicated all his nonfiction books to describing those who, through whatever means, fought for the underdogs. His biogr...

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were usually, “Here take $20” or “Take this $40” which was to pay for stuff at the bodega I read to him late Saturday afternoons, and, as no one was usually due to drop by till Sunday, I got the supplies before I...

Jim Feast

Martha King, Max Sees Red (New York: Spuyten Duvvil, 2019) One of the greatest mysteries of Martha King’s brilliant new novel Max Sees Red does not appear in the narrative itself but in the author’s bio at the end...

Jim Feast

John Strausbaugh, Victory City: A History of New York and New Yorkers During World War II (New York: Twelve, 2018), 488 pages. John Strausbaugh’s Victory City is a chronicle of New York City right before, during and aft...

Jim Feast

Best Chinese and Korean Films of 2017 1) The Battle of Memories (Leste Chen, China) Phillip K. Dickish plot where a futuristic technology goes awry. A process of selectively erasing painful memories gets mixed-up, and th...

Jim Feast

Thaddeus Rutkowski, Guess and Check (Arlington,VA: Gival Press, 2017) Although I daresay he didn’t originate this style, there is a form of writing where reality and dream are mixed in a special way, which has become as...

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Passion and Materialism As I walk, pushing through the flood of the crowd, awash under the breakneck pull of the Flushing stores; the racial mixture, muddy colored, vibrant, mulatto, trying to remember her face ...

Jim Feast

Here's my list of the 10 best Chinese/Korean films of 2016, in no particular order. Enjoy!   1) Saving Mr. Wu (dir. Ding Sheng) This is a terrifically gritty thriller about a movie star (Andy Lau) kidnapped out...

Jim Feast

Clarissa felt as if she had gone from starving on a diet of bread and water to gorging on a bountiful smorgasbord. In Oblong, where she grew up, any glimmerings of culture were hard to discern. Her one friend in school, a f...

Jim Feast

Reading the new book of poetry by Valery Oisteanu, Anarchy for a Rainy Day, which is written in Surrealist style, the author himself an avowed member of this school, makes me think of an earlier, critically powerful critique...

Jim Feast

Ron Kolm’s new collection of short stories, Duke and Jill, recounts the adventures of two woebegone, half countercultural, half drugstore-cowboy lowlifes, who shabbily inhabit the 1980s East Village, always one step ahead ...

Jim Feast

Thaddeus Rutkowski, Violent Outbursts (New York: Spuyten Duyvil, 2015) A reader of Thaddeus Rutkowski’s new book of short fiction, Violent Outbursts, might be tempted to compare him to a number of writers, though ...