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Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire



It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »
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Normal People Don't Live Like This by Dylan Landis
Normal People Don't Live Like This

Cheryl Klein, November 2, 2009

I tore through this book in the same manner I devoured Prep--something about my apparent hunger to see an angsty female adolescence given literary weight. Landis shines her considerable literary light on moments and images: for example, the care her bisexual protagonist devotes to touching a pregnant friend's wrist rather than her stomach. It's a book of rooms (the mother character is a designer, so this is both literal and figurative); there's sturdy architecture here, but it's often masked by a beautiful set of curtains. Very occasionally I wanted some of those offstage plot points to get bigger play (what? Leah's dad died? when did that happen?), but mostly I was happy to revel in the details.
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Bad Girls Burn Slow by Pam Ward
Bad Girls Burn Slow

Cheryl Klein, July 3, 2009

L.A. noir with a healthy dose of gleeful, funny pulp, this novel of scam artists trying to out-scam each other is lots of fun to read. Pam Ward seems to enjoy pushing the limits of how nasty she can make her characters, and her wicked joy is contagious. By not just blurring but totally rubbing out the line between villain and hero (not to mention black and white, male and female, even living and dead), she also reveals how a sly individual can use society's mistaken assumptions to his or her advantage.
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Beg No Pardon
Beg No Pardon

Cheryl Klein, June 17, 2009

Lynne Thompson isn't just an amazing poet, she's a versatile one--there are persona poems in here, prose poems, short clever poems, long allusive poems, mysterious near-cut-ups, dense and troubling poems, funny poems about fitting into jeans. She describes the moon (she's a writer who dares to describe the moon) as "a subversive magnet," which could double as a description of a certain really brilliant poet.
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Beyond Definition: New Writing from Gay and Lesbian San Francisco by Marci Blackman
Beyond Definition: New Writing from Gay and Lesbian San Francisco

Cheryl Klein, April 21, 2009

Published in 1994, this anthology of queer writing is both a fascinating artifact from a time when AIDS was necessarily a death sentence and many gay writers published under pseudonyms, and a totally ahead of its time/timeless collection (back when few people knew what "FTM" meant, there was apparently already a bit of a scene in SF).

My favorite pieces included Elissa Perry's empathic story of a bus ride gone bad, Trac Vu's prose poem about gum and oral sex, and Sparrow 13 LaughingWand's truthfully raw poem (and his name).
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Telegraph Days: A Novel by Larry McMurtry
Telegraph Days: A Novel

Cheryl Klein, December 4, 2008

The narrator of this novel is kind of like Forrest Gump in that she encounters every famous person of her time (Wild Bill Hickock, Buffalo Bill Cody and at least a couple of other Bills). Except she's smart and not annoying, and this funny and lively book is also a Wild West portrait of the dawn of the media age. Lots of fun!
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