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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 1987

[Vol. 9, No. 5]

LETTERS

PICKETING THE ZEITGEIST

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING: Bruce Kawin on Vietnam in Film

 

MEDIA

IMAGES IN GLASS: John Tytell reviews Itinerant Photographer by Sybil Miller

and Desert Cantos by Richard Misrach

 

ART

THE DOGS OF CRlTlCISM: Corinne Robins reviews Alex Katz by Ann Beattie

 

MUSIC: VULGAR AND REFINED

A LITTLE MADNESS: Eric Richards reviews Bernstein: A Biography by Joan Peyser

 

THE DIONYSIAN CHALLENGE: Janet Wickenhaver reviews The Triumph of Vulgarity: Rock Music in the Mirror of Romanticism by Robert Pattison

 

FOCUS: REGIONS OF POETRY

CONSERVATIVE CHILL: Fred Moramarco reviews The Breadloaf Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, edited by Robert Pack, Sidney Lea, and Jay Parini, and The Harvard Book of Conternporary American Poetry, edited by Helen Vendler

 

FIRING THE LITERARY CANON: Pauline Woodward reviews Chicano Poetry: A Critical Introduction by Cordelia Candelaria

 

POETS AND CHRISTIANS: Kathleen Norris discusses poetry and religion in South Dakota

 

FLAVOR OFTHE SOUTH: Lucien Stryk reviews The Made Thing: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern Poetry, edited by Leon Stokesbury

 

BOOK REVIEWS

POLITICS AND STYLE: Laszlo  K. GÙfin reviews Politics, Writing, Mutilation: The Cases of Bataille, Blanchot, Roussel, Leiris, and Ponge by Allan Stoekl and Reproductions of Banality: Fascism, Literature, and French Intellectual Life by Alice Yeager Kaplan

 

WRITING ABOUT FICTION

THE TRUTH OF FICTION: Welch D. Everman reviews The Self-Apparent Word: Fiction As Language/Language As Fiction by Jerome Klinkowitz, The Novel as Performance: The Fiction of Ronald Sukenick and Raymond Federman by Jerzy Kutnik, and The Dramaturgy of Style: Voice in Short Fiction by Michael Stephens

 

SORCERY OF RESISTANCE: William J. Harris reviews Conscientious Sorcerers: The Black Postmodernist Fiction of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed, and Samuel R. Delany by Robert Elliot Fox

 

PLOTS AND PSEUDO-PLOTS: Philip Dacey reviews The Happy Man by Donald Hall and Reckoner by James Tate

 

MUTINOUS NONSENSE: Peter Bates reviews The Man in the Black Coat: Russia's Literature of the Absurd by Daniil Kharms and Alexander Vvedensky, edited by George Gibian, and Fantastic Stories by Abram Tertz

 

FICTIONS FROM THE UNIVERSITY PRESSES: Lance Olsen reviews Rats Alley by John H. Irsfeld, And the War Is Over by Ismael Marahimin, and The Very Rich Hours by Jean McGarry

 

POETRY FROM MICROPRESSES: Dennis Formento reviews Time by Distance by William L. Fox, In Memory of Michael Morgan by Frank Graziano, Spring Fever by Tom Smario, A Preview of the Dream by Zack Rogow, and A Death in America by Stewart Brisby

 

A RADICAL PRESENT: Roger Mitchell reviews By Contraries and Other Poems by Mark Rudman

 

MODERN ROMANCES

NEIGHBORHOOD AFFAIRS: Sarah Schulman reviews In Every Woman's Life by Alix Kates Shulman and Love Me Tender by Catherine Texier

 

GENUINE FRAUD Regina Weinreich reviews Satisfaction by "Rae Lawrence"

 

GRAMMAR OF EXISTENCE: Karen Alkalay-Gut reviews Past Perfect by Yaakov Shabtai

 

VIETNAM WITHOUT WAR: Gerald Nicosia reviews Going Back by W.D. Ehrhart

 

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