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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.

Released in 1987, Clive Barker’s “Hellraiser” is significant for a number of reasons. Read more

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Mark Haines, the protagonist of Patrick Coleman’s debut novel “The Churchgoer,” published earlier this year by Harper Collins, doesn’t have a lot going for him. The disgraced pastor has lost everything: his church, his family, and his reputation. Read more

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“The Great Believers” is the perfect selection for San Diego, a beautiful city that is often reluctant to confront its ugly truths. Read more

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Rachel O’Neill’s daughter has been kidnapped, but the only way to get her back is to kidnap another child whose parents can be counted on to keep the chain going. Read more

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Black Card poses the question: What does one do when we’re caught between two cultures? In this case, the answer is to invent someone who understands. Read more

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Every summer for the last 15 years or so, local writer Tammy Greenwood (who goes by the by name T. Greenwood) has driven to a rustic cabin 20 minutes from where she grew up in Vermont. Read more

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Cassie, the novel’s protagonist, was born with an unusual defect: The flesh of her stomach is twisted into a disfiguring knot. 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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"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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