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Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft

I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
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A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
A Gate at the Stairs

LJ_Moore, February 9, 2010

In her novel, A Gate at the Stairs, Lorrie Moore illustrates that, contrary to accusations that this book is one, there is no such thing as a coming of age story. In her dense, simile-loving style, Moore flings metaphor after witty observation after poignant epiphany after acerbic comment after social criticism after chilling irony after droll smackdown out of the mouths and minds of her characters with a kind of Jackson Pollock precision, creating her story in the same way real people become their own stories: by accumulation. The end result: a portrait of human beings as smorgasbords of different preparations of love spiked with pain. Contrary to our tidy hopes, life is messy, grown people do stupid and insensitive things, college and/or high school aren’t necessarily “the best years of our lives,” even the psychologically self-aware still act out in absurdly self-destructive ways, and no one “gets over” a tragedy, they simply find a new normal...
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Poetry and Mysticism by Colin Wilson
Poetry and Mysticism

LJ_Moore, February 9, 2010

Colin Wilson is a challenging author: his books are intellectual, circuitous, passionate, and tackle ambiguous subjects. Among Wilson’s more well known works are The Outsider, The Mind Parasites, The Occult: a History, The Unexplained, and The Misfits, which are only nodes on a bibliography including at least 140 books ranging from biographical investigations into Borges, Rasputin, Henry Miller, Jack the Ripper and Aleister Crowley, to philosophical treatises on the evolution of existentialism and theories of consciousness, to science fiction and true crime. Few contemporary authors have Wilson’s range, curiosity, ambition or gall. Few contemporary readers will know that Colin Wilson wrote a book—a long essay really—inspired by a night drinking beer with Lawrence Ferlinghetti...
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Lafcadio's Adventures (Vintage International) by Andre Gide
Lafcadio's Adventures (Vintage International)

LJ_Moore, February 9, 2010

A turn-of-the-19th century religio-political farce/comedy of manners, Andre Gide’s Lafcadio’s Adventures (also translated as The Vatican Swindle, The Vatican Cellars) is based on a real-life scandal in 1892 when a group of ambitious con-artists started a rumor that then-pope Leo XIII had been secretly imprisoned by freemasons, while a false pope, sympathetic to the French Republic, had been put in his place. Gullible and wealthy catholic loyal monarchists were then defrauded by the conspirators, who succeeded by urging them to great secrecy in contributing funds to liberate the supposedly imprisoned “real” pope...
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The Cat Inside by William S Burroughs
The Cat Inside

LJ_Moore, February 9, 2010

In 1986, William S. Burroughs was a lanky, spider-limbed, 72-year-old man who still photographed as the oddly dapper, American Gothic archetype in the circle of beat writers including Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. He was a controversial figure, a hard-drinking, long-term heroin addict who had shot and killed his wife, reputedly in a game of William Tell gone awry, and later lived openly as a homosexual in a time that was far less socially acceptable. But the secret about Burroughs, known for his violent, dark, hallucinatory, semi-autobiographical works like Naked Lunch and Junky, is that he deeply, madly, magically, unequivocally, loved cats...
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Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga #4) by Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga #4)

LJ_Moore, February 9, 2010

Wouldn’t it be a dream come true to be young and perfect forever? Obsessed with each other’s flawless faces? Making out at every opportunity in public places and in front of family members? Saving up tons of cash stashes to buy flashy cars and closets full of garment-bagged designer clothing? Living under the immature delusion that everyone is flabbergastedly impressed with you everywhere you go, made speechless (and more importantly frightened) by your beauty, and the beauty of your children, who emerge as intellectually advanced, non-defecating, empathic little replicas of yourself? Oh, and that the rest of the world are fumbling, myopic plebes saved by your self-sacrificing lifestyle? Well join the ranks of the ruling class… and immortal teenage vampires...
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