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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. more

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In Occupy Pynchon, Carswell reminds us that, “democracy must be deliberated upon. It must be learned. It must be practiced and developed as a skill.” more

Aug 21, 2017 1:50 PM The Floating Library

J.K. Huysman’s Là-bas was published in 1891 after it was serialized in a French newspaper. The book is infamous for supposedly having the most accurate description of a black mass in Western literature. more

Aug 7, 2017 10:10 AM The Floating Library

In her debut collection of poems, Lessons on Expulsion, published earlier this month by Graywolf, Erika L. Sánchez invites the reader into a world that is both sensuous and strange. more

Jul 25, 2017 5:40 PM The Floating Library

For the 100th installment of The Floating Library, I want to tell you about a book that is very important to me: The Lost Cities of the Mayas: The Life, Art and Discoveries of Frederick Catherwood by Fabio Bourbon. more

Jul 10, 2017 4:39 PM The Floating Library

In his most recent novel, Beatlebone (Doubleday, 2015) Barry inhabits Lennon’s spirit and takes the reader on a strange and wonderful vision quest through the west of Ireland. more

Jun 26, 2017 5:35 PM The Floating Library 1 Comments

The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman, Courtney E. Morgan’s debut collection of linked short stories, is full of surprises. more

Jun 12, 2017 4:57 PM The Floating Library

Carrington’s stories are part fairy tale, part nightmare. They are packed with forests full of strange creatures and castles populated by the rich and well to do. more

May 30, 2017 5:48 PM The Floating Library

I’m a sucker for sailor stories. So when Ian McGuire’s whaling tale The North Water hit the New York Times bestseller list, I took notice. But this is not your father’s nautical adventure novel. more

May 16, 2017 4:44 PM The Floating Library

The only thing worse than living inside of a simulation when one’s hold on reality begins to slip is the sneaky suspicion that a fellow crew member is becoming delusional. more

May 1, 2017 3:40 PM The Floating Library

For anyone who’d like to learn more about this fascinating subculture and check out some cool cars, cruise on over to Barrio Logan for Chicano Park Day on Saturday April 22. Or, at the least, pick up a copy of San Diego Lowriders. more

Apr 17, 2017 5:16 PM The Floating Library

It’s all about the context. Context is also a requirement for unpacking the contradictions that abound in Layli Long Soldier’s new collection of poems, WHEREAS, released last month by Graywolf Press. more

Apr 3, 2017 5:45 PM The Floating Library

You won’t find Frida Kahlo or Georgia O’Keefe in Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order) and that’s probably for the best. more

Mar 20, 2017 5:20 PM The Floating Library

While the poems in Hodge's Dated Emcees aren’t as reactionary as her performance for Black Panthers at 50, there’s no armed resistance against those we let into out hearts. more

Mar 7, 2017 5:40 PM The Floating Library

Jason DeBoer’s Annihilation Songs (Stalking Horse Press) is a book unlike any other. At less than 100 pages it feels like a poetry collection, and in a sense it is. T more

Feb 20, 2017 5:05 PM The Floating Library

The conventional immigrant novel follows a rags-to-riches narrative: a person or group of people arrive in a foreign place feeling the loss of their old way of living in the world as they struggle to navigate the new. more

Feb 6, 2017 3:00 PM The Floating Library

While reading Joshua Mohr’s new memoir, Sirens (Two Dollar Radio) I realized I’d played a bit part in his story. more

Jan 23, 2017 3:00 PM The Floating Library

In her book-length rumination, Hotel, Walsh reflects on the appeal of various types of hotels, from leisure resorts to business hotels to health spas and sanatoriums. more

Jan 9, 2017 2:48 PM The Floating Library

The Throwback Special, which was nominated for the National Book Award, is about a group of men who assemble each winter at a budget hotel to recreate a play that occurred in an NFL game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. more

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Every once in a while I encounter a work of very short fiction that provides the same thrill of discovering something new while redefining what a short story can be. Meredith Alling's Sing the Song (Future Tense Books) is one such book. more

Dec 12, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

The latest installment of Black Candies , an annual anthology of literary horror and dark fiction published here in San Diego by the literary nonprofit So Say We All, is titled Gross and Unlikeable and features 28 stories written and illust... more

Nov 28, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library