Hey Readers,

It’s that time of week again. From the wondrous to the insane to the horrific, events beyond the imagination of any writer of fiction have populated the newsstands. Just a quick aside before I begin I spent this week in Upstate New York visiting family, expecting to indulge in a week of lower-brow literature instead of tackling Gunter Grass, but I never expected to be so close to literary lore in relative isolation from the urban world. For a few nights I stayed at a place on Big Moose Lake, a picturesque and overcast stretch of water, which was–unbeknownst to me–the infamous site of the murder of Grace Brown in 1906. Causing a huge stir at the time, it eventually became the inspiration for Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy, a novel that remains one-of-if-not-the best example of early-century America in fiction. A strange coincidence, if any.


The site will be undergoing many changes in the next week, but there is much, much more to come. Cheers!


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