One of the biggest surprises to come from the first seven episodes of HBO's True Detective doesn't occur onscreen; it comes with the revelation that the wildly popular show references Robert W. Chambers' obscure short-story collection The King in Yellow.
If William S. Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch, were alive today, he'd be 100 years old. I don't know why this factoid fascinates me so much. Maybe it's because when he died in 1997 at age 83, he looked 100.
Lucy Corin is a writer whose work presents difficulties. Her newest book, One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, from McSweeney's Books, contains three short stories and a series of 100 linked prose pieces that range in length from several pages to a single sentence.
When 6-year-old Susan Beilby sat for her portrait with an Eastern European artist who could barely speak English, she couldn't have known that more than 50 years later, she'd be telling his story. That's just one of many twists that make Into the Light: The Healing Art of Kalman Aron by Susan Beilby Magee so engrossing.
Manuel Paul Lopez's first book, Death of a Mexican and other Poems, was published by Bear Star Press in 2006. He was able to develop the manuscript for The Yearning Feed with support from the San Diego Foundation's Creative Catalyst Fund and Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company.