Category Archives: Raul Clement

Pale Imposters

[This story was originally published, in a slightly different form, in the Winter 2011 issue of Our Stories Literary Journal.] You probably think it’s pathetic for a thirty-year-old guy to live in his mother’s garage, but honestly I don’t know how … Continue reading

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In Defense of Ambiguity

In his review of Wittgenstein’s Mistress, a seminal experimentalist novel by David Markson, David Foster Wallace describes Markson’s narrative technique as “deep nonsense.” That novel tells the story of a woman who lives alone in a house on a beach, … Continue reading

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Small Press Review Series: Adam Robison and Other Poems (A Call to Arms or At Least to the Continued Search for the Munitions Locker* of Meaning Where Arms Might Be Kept)

Adam Robison and Other Poems Adam Robinson Narrow House (2010), 77 pages, $12 As an editor at a small press/journal, I wage daily confrontation against the sheer tonnage of quality work out there. After awhile, you don’t always ask yourself … Continue reading

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Small Press Review Series: One Last Good Time and the Literary Platypus

One Last Good Time Michael Kardos Press 53 (2010), 185 pages, $14.95 The trouble with interconnected story collections is that they are interconnected. I know, I know: the first rule of tautology club is the first rule of tautology club. … Continue reading

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Frozen on a Street Corner While the Unbludgeoned World Moves Forward

Michel Franco’s Daniel y Ana In the last decade or so, Mexican film has been among the most consistently interesting in the world. It has a certain moral and social grittiness not seen in most American movies, but a tightly-edited … Continue reading

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French Connection

Two recent novels by French-speaking authors blend close psychological analysis with free-flowing lyricism to tell deceptively simple love stories. One of those books, In the Train, by Christian Oster, was released by Object Press this year. Object Press, out of Toronto, … Continue reading

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Drinking with British Architects

A Not-Very-Objective Review by Raul Clement Recently, poet Jeff Laughlin sent me a copy of his first collection, Drinking with British Architects. This is a chapbook of less than 50 pages that went through a press run of 100 copies … Continue reading

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