Sam Lipsyte’s latest novel does a bang-up job of capturing the edgy and zany milieu of the early ’90s.
Short Fuse Podcast #55: Talking to Author Meredith Hall about “Beneficence”
Host Elizabeth Howard talks to author Meredith Hall about her debut novel Beneficence, which deals with a family traumatized by death of a child by a gun.
Concert Review/Interview: America at Lowell Memorial Auditorium
In Lowell, America played to a packed, enthusiastic, Centrum Silver-popping crowd who sang along with the band’s impressively deep roster of hits.
Book Review: Ohio Bound — “Far From Their Eyes”
This anthology, for all its occasional sadness, is optimistic about the future of immigration to America.
Book Review: “America: The Farewell Tour” — Has Our Ship Already Sailed?
America: The Farewell Tour and American Pyschosis are well worth taking to heart — both to provide provocative perspective on what is happening and to spur us into action.
Fuse Film Review: “Where to Invade Next” — Welcome Winds of Change
The lightheartedness of the writing and Moore’s unkempt look are jarring, but the film effectively delivers lessons about progressive policies.
Theater Review: “The Wakeville Stories” – Theater as Civic Ritual
Dramatist Laurence Carr has a gift for vivid characterization and for creating a concrete sense of time and place.
Book Review: “Shame” — Racism and the Sins of Paternalistic Liberalism
According to Shelby Steele, white liberals “dissociate” themselves from the past sins of white America by subscribing to the “poetic truth” that the United States is “characterologically evil.”
Fuse Book Review: “Wilde in America” — Not Wild Enough?
What Oscar Wilde was peddling in America was beauty. Art for art’s sake. Gorgeous flowers. Ravishing colors.
Book Interview: S.T. Joshi on Ambrose Bierce — The Underappreciated Genius of Being Grim
Bierce proffers a satiric temperament gone wild and woolly, partly propelled by a revulsion at the criminal vulgarity of the Gilded Age. Given the current triumph of the 1%, his fury at power mad corporations is worth an admiring look.