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Jim Ruland

Jim Ruland lives and writes in San Diego and sometimes Los Angeles. He is the curator for the irreverent, irregular reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its 12th year.

"We call it Poetry & Art,' but we've had quite a variety of shows," author and poet Michael Klam says. "We had wrestlers come one time and do body slams on canvas to make paintings. Read more

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Juliet the Maniac is a howl of despair, but one that needs to be heard in order to understand afflictions such as depression, bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. Read more

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'Red Clocks' poses the question: What if abortion was once again illegal in the United States? Read more

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Karen Stefano’s debut memoir, What a Body Remembers (Rare Bird Books), is a study in contradictions. Read more

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Many of the stories read like indictments of the kind of lifestyle that Highsmith, who was notoriously mean-spirited and difficult to be around, found dreary if not outright contemptible. Read more

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I read The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina, Frank Rich’s account of George W. Bush’s presidency, during the run up to the release of the heavily redacted Mueller Report. This was definitely not a good idea Read more

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Although I steeled myself for a science-fiction story written by someone who apparently has never read Asimov or seen Blade Runner, I wasn’t prepared for the mostly predictable and surprisingly provincial story that McEwan cooked up. Read more

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Is Shane a misunderstood young man who exaggerates rumors about himself to create a persona that’s larger than life? Or is he a violent psychopath who is one bad day away from ruining the lives of everyone in his path? Read more

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The Spirit of Science Fiction belongs in that category of novel that documents first contact between a great writer and a great city. Read more

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I always like to make a gesture toward St. Patrick’s Day and make a point of reading or re-reading Irish literature from the 20th and 21st centuries. Read more

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As long as we see things as American problems or Mexican problems or Central American problems, and so forth, we make ourselves blind to a humanitarian crisis that isn’t going away, yet cries out for a solution. Read more

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When I heard that Sam Lipsyte had a new novel out called Hark, which is a synonym for “listen,” that’s exactly what I did. Read more

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The Shining Girls, a novel from South African writer Lauren Beukes, provides an antidote to the media storm around Bundy with a murderer who is repugnant both inside and out. Read more

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The note at the beginning of Patrick Coleman’s outstanding new poetry collection Fire Season reveals that the poems were originally composed on a digital recorder during Coleman’s commute to work from Ramona to the San Diego Museum of Art. Read more

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Peluda, published by Button Poetry, explores identity and assimilation through the lens of body hair. Read more

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Another year has come and gone and, as usual, there are more books in my to-be-read pile mixed in with the stack of books I actually read this year. Read more

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Earlier this year, Anna Burns won the coveted Man Booker Prize for her novel Milkman, marking the first time the award has gone to a writer from Northern Ireland. Read more

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In March of 2016, Jim Harrison was found dead at his writing desk in Patagonia, Arizona. Read more

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There are no happy endings in the slums and shacks of Tsuge’s post-war Japan. The violence never stops. Slum Wolf serves as a reminder that no matter where our wars are fought their casualties are always with us. Read more

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Checkpoint is a difficult book that challenges the notion of good versus evil. In Albahari’s view of war, there is no honor; only fear and indiscriminate bloodshed that passes for revenge. Read more

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Published by Split Lip Press, Vernor’s collection is fresh, funny and ferociously clever. Read more

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