RSS

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

Short List Event Picks

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

The Floating Library

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

The Floating Library

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

The Floating Library

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

The Floating Library

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

The Floating Library

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

The Floating Library

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

The Floating Library

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

The Floating Library

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

The Floating Library

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

The Floating Library

Photo-Wall-Relics-Hypnotist.jpg

Photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

Griffith is the creator of an immersive, narrative performance piece titled Relics of the Hypnotist War. Its premise is this: Many years ago the hypnotists invaded, causing a sleep epidemic. Read more

Features

Xie writes as if coming to her senses: her work takes startling turns and does unexpected things with language that resonate with the force of truth. Read more

The Floating Library

Leonard Gardner’s Fat City was published in 1969 and recently reissued by the New York Review of Books. The book is about a pair of boxers in Stockton, California. One is on his way up; the other the way down, but even when they win, they lose. Read more

The Floating Library 1 Comments

lit_Matthew-Binder_CreditJoshGoldy.jpg

Photo by Josh Goldy

“In the future,” Binder recalls the doctor saying, “people will have to work harder to make themselves indispensible.” Out of this warped bootstrap view of the world, The Absolved was born. Read more

, Fall Arts

Brackmann, who is the New York Times best-selling author of the Ellie McEnroe series set in China, lives in San Diego and writes convincingly in the book about local news, craft beer and the San Diego Padres. There’s even a scene set at Comic Con. Read more

The Floating Library

Orange excels at defining things in a way so that they mean more than one thing at a time, sometimes opposite things, until they cancel the meaning out and the words are just there, meaning whatever you want them to mean. Read more

The Floating Library

Abbott’s fans grow with each new book but with a number of film and television projects in the works (she was a writer on the HBO show The Deuce), she seems destined to join her pantheon of hardboiled heroes. Read more

The Floating Library

melissabroder_chelseahodson_flatforweb.jpg

Melissa Broder photo by Lord Byron / Chelsea Hodson photo by Ryan Lowry

In trying to understand why we want what we want, Broder and Hodson arrive at essential truths about the human condition—even if sometimes what we want is a merman with a penis. Read more

Features

How to Be Safe explores the aftermath of a horrific school shooting. Anna Crawford is a teacher at the school who was suspended two weeks before the massacre. She is spared the actual tragedy, but is dragged into the drama by conspiracy theorists. Read more

The Floating Library

The Mars Room is an important, devastating book that challenges our assumptions about prisons and their purpose by putting the reader on the other side of the bars. Read more

The Floating Library