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The Wonderful and Frightening Worlds of Mark E. Smith and Steve Aylett

By Spencer Cawein Pate When Bill Ectric first emailed to ask me if I was interested in contributing an essay to a Steve Aylett nonfiction tribute anthology / festschrift he was editing, I knew immediately that I would a) enthusiastically accept … Continue reading

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Another Book by Paul Murray

By Spencer Cawein Pate Ever since I read the first two novels by the wonderful Irish writer Paul Murray in 2011 (about which I previously wrote a brief essay), I’ve been eagerly awaiting his next book. Thankfully, The Mark and … Continue reading

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A Madison Cawein Sesquicentennial

By Spencer Cawein Pate Today, March 23, 2015, is the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the birth of Madison Julius Cawein. To celebrate–and to enact a little more “poetic justice”–my dad had these beautiful stamps made with Madison’s image: Here … Continue reading

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Madison Cawein’s Louisville II

By Spencer Cawein Pate As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been planning to return to Louisville, Kentucky, in order to explore the collections of the Filson Historical Society related to Madison Cawein. This post will be another photoessay–a sequel to my original post … Continue reading

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Goodbye Storyteller: RIP Lucius Shepard

By Spencer Cawein Pate Lucius Shepard was one of the most passionate individuals I have ever known. He was passionate about his writing, passionate about music and film, and passionate about political activism. With Lucius, the distinction between life, fiction, and genre collapsed … Continue reading

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Two Novels by Paul Murray

By Spencer Cawein Pate Few books have brought me as much pleasure in recent years as Paul Murray’s two novels to date, An Evening of Long Goodbyes and Skippy Dies. (I’ve read both multiple times.) Murray, an Irish writer, reminds me … Continue reading

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How Not To Read Ulysses

By Spencer Cawein Pate Ever since Dr. Richard Steven Turner, my high school AP English teacher, encouraged me to explore the works of James Joyce and William Faulkner beyond what we read in class, I’ve considered James Joyce my favorite … Continue reading

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