Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker

Blood and Guts in High SchoolOne day novel stuff finds a book called Blood and Guts in High School  (1978) by Kathy Acker and begins to read. This book is about a girl called Janey, who fucks her father then runs away and ends up hanging out with a wild bunch of kids called THE SCORPIONS. Then some hoodlums kidnap her and lock her in a room in a slum in New York City, where a Persian slave trader teaches her to be a whore, before she escapes to Tangier and begins an adventure in the middle-east with Jean Genet, the French novelist. Continue reading

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Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco

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Here you are: the Absolutists (who believe in metamorphosis), the Aetherius Society of California (telepathic relations with Mars), the Astara of Lausanne (oath of absolute secrecy), Atlanteans in Great Britain (search for lost happiness), Builders of the Adytum in California (alchemy, cabala, astrology)…

                  –Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum, 1988, p. 265

 

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Killing Daniel by Sarah Dobbs

Sarah Dobbs’ new novel, Killing Daniel, tells the story of two women struggling to live with the past. Fleur is trapped in a violent relationship with Marcus, haunted by memories of childhood abuse and the murder of her childhood sweetheart, Daniel. Chinatsu, on the other side of the world in Tokyo, looks for release from her passionless, sexless marriage to Yugi. Continue reading

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The Cocktail Waitress by James M. Cain

When we meet Joan Medford at the beginning of The Cocktail Waitress by James M. Cain, it is at the funeral of her husband, Ron. Readers familiar with Cain’s noir fiction, such as The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934), will suspect Joan is another of Cain’s legendary femme fatales, but when Joan gets a job as a cocktail waitress the focus shifts to her choice between two prospective suitors. Continue reading

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