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Chronicle of the Wind-Down Bird

Chronicle of the Wind-Down Bird

September brings us new poetry by Ali Zaidi, A. J. Huffman and Raymond Farr. Returning champ, Donal Mahoney, writes about the well-springs of art. *     *     *     *     * How does one’s health impact writing, reading and making art in general? How does it derail or derange one’s sense of priorities and connection with life’s mission? I am certainly not alone in thinking about such things in moments such as these, when faced with certain severe alterations to the norm….

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My Blueberry Nights

My Blueberry Nights

Wong Kar-wai’s My Blueberry Nights sparks a multitude of thoughts for me. Already an admirer of his previous work, I came to the film with some minor discomfort in need of assuaging. Funny thing about that discomfort. I didn’t even realize I had it until I was well into the film. And some of that realization made me uncomfortable with the discomfort itself. Part of it was because the film is so beautiful on the surface. Wong Kar-wai has always been…

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Murakami’s Uncanny Doors of Perception

Murakami’s Uncanny Doors of Perception

 One of the most consistently interesting writers of the last twenty years is Haruki Murakami, the Japanese dynamo whose novels defy categorization. Well, actually, they can be categorized under a rubric all their own. Murakamism, let’s say. By that I mean . . . the strange and surreal dislocation of humans and their interactions approaching the gateway. The gateway being the door into or out of another dimension, a hidden world, for a moment.   In most of his novels,…

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