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Obsession; and The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Nick

I make no bones about it that I have certain ‘weaknesses’. That I can put on my Rob Gordon hat and prattle away into the wee hours about the best Stones record, that Volume IV will change your life, why any true outsider art will always be better than Basquiat, or the psychologically damaging ramifications of not reorganizing my books and records at least twice a year. These are obsessions and I encourage you to walk softly, perhaps even shield your eyes from time to time, while viewing.

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.

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