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Book Review: PROSTHESIS by Ian Hatcher

By | Book Review, Prose

Prosthesis by Ian Hatcher Poor Claudia, 2016 $17.50 In The Question Concerning Technology German philosopher Martin Heidegger explains that technology is a framework through which man can access a higher plane of truth and understanding. However, the creation of this framework inherently conceals truth in its attempt to provide a comprehensible platform. It’s a paradoxical relationship, and Heidegger …

Dance Review: LAWS OF ATTRACTION by Attack Theatre

By | Adrienne Totino, Reviews: Performing Arts

For over two decades, Attack Theatre has transformed otherwise unknown Pittsburgh sites into ultra-creative performance spaces. In their latest work, Laws of Attraction, they took on an old auto body repair shop located in Uptown. The two-act show was inspired by the study of science. About a year ago, the company taught creative movement classes …

Book Review: BRETT EASTON ELLIS AND THE OTHER DOGS by Lina Wolff

By | Book Review, Prose

Brett Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs by Lina Wolff trans by Frank Perry  And Other Stories, 2015 $15.95  Swedish author Lina Wolff’s debut novel is a wonderfully complex and sometimes confusing journey. The plot meanders, the prose balances grittiness with the surreal, and our ideas about gender and love are challenged. While the novel …

My Slant

By | Prose

            1129 Tell all the Truth but tell it slant— Success in Circuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight The Truth’s superb surprise As Lightning to the Children eased Wit explanation kind The Truth must dazzle gradually Or every man be blind— Emily Dickinson Three years ago at a coffee …

Book Review: EMBER DAYS by Nick Ripatrazone

By | Book Review, Joe Bisciotti, Prose

Ember Days by Nick Ripatrazone Alleyway Books, 2015 $16.00 COME BACK HERE. KNOW A GUY WHO CAN HELP YOU FIND THE BOMB. Ember Days opens almost immediately with this all-caps note—a message from a brother to a brother, a last-ditch effort to reunite, to collect a debt, and to repent for a wrongdoing. This is …

Book Review: WAKING THE BONES by Elizabeth Kirschner

By | Book Review, Prose

Waking the Bones by Elizabeth Kirschner The Piscataqua Press, 2015 $13.00 In her memoir Waking the Bones, Elizabeth Kirschner unravels the snarled strings of her life, weaving connections between her childhood traumas, her adult mental illness, and the redemptive power of self-reliance. Kirschner divides her memoir into clear sections, each of which anchors the short, …

Book Review: THE NERVE OF IT by Lynn Emanuel

By | Alison Taverna, Book Review

The Nerve of It: Poems New and Selected by Lynn Emanuel University of Pittsburgh Pres, 2015 $16.95 As a younger poet beginning her career, I’m interested in the process seasoned writers undergo when compiling a new and selected. Can the inclusion of older poems be likened to a band playing that first single, ten years …

Book Review: WHY IS IT SO HARD TO KILL YOU? by Barrett Warner

By | Book Review, C.L. Bledsoe, Prose

Why Is It So Hard To Kill You? by Barrett Warner Somondoco Press, 2015 $14.95 Warner’s collection opens with, “I Thought Pigeons were Vegetarians,” a meditation on (and critique of) the concept of monogamy as expressed through the image of doves and love birds. Warner challenges preconceptions of married life and normalcy, the sickly-sweet ideas we’re often …