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Warrior Ethos vs. Gamer's Creed, or War is Hell by Tim

War is hell. So is sharing a stage with Norman Mailer . Wisely, Mailer chose a career in writing and we are all better for it. He burst onto the scene in 1948 with the publication of The Naked and the Dead , a novel about World War II that has since been hailed as one of the greatest novels in American literary history.

Country Noir As a Geographical Subgenre in Fiction by Kristan

I have a “thing” for maps. Somehow, this transpired while working the library stacks as a maintenance shelver in non-fiction. I know the collection quite well. I LOVE the travel section and that’s where it all started, my love of maps. Then, gradually, I made it to the third floor fiction to “maintain” the tall tales of woe, love, mystery, sci-fi and westerns. Eventually, I came across a book titled Tomato Red , written by Daniel Woodrell.

Top Books of the Year; or My Year of Addiction by Nick

If 2008 was my year to champion small press books, catalyzed by Joe Meno’s The Boy Detective Fails (Punk Planet Books) and resulting with exploration into the Akashic Books and Featherproof Books catalogues; then 2009 was The Year of The Western and Southern Gothic Traditions.

Audio Adventure by Kristen

I hate to drive. It’s an enormous waste of time with all that frustration and irritation while not being able to read. I honestly have a license plate surround that says “I’d Rather Be Reading.” I am holding out for teleportation or the Floo network, barring those options, a car and driver.

Stories of the Depression by Peter

It has been said that great times make great men. Well, the Great Depression certainly was a ‘great’ time, at least in its historical significance, and no doubt it did produce some great men, or at least some great stories about ordinary men, tales that often are elevated to an almost legendary stature.

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