Poetry

Rainer Maria Rilke Poem of the Day: You who never arrived

Du im Voraus verlorne Geliebte, Nimmergekommene, nicht weiß ich, welche Töne dir lieb sind. Nicht mehr versuch ich, dich, wenn das Kommende wogt, zu erkennen. Alle die großen Bildern in mir, im Fernen erfahrene Landschaft, Städte und Türme und Brücken und un- vermutete Wendung der Wege und das Gewaltige jener von Göttern einst durchwachsenen Länder:… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke Poem of the Day: You who never arrived

Book Reviews

Susan Elizabeth Phillips * Natural Born Charmer

Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard is the luckiest man in the world: a bona-fide sports superstar and the pride of the NFL with a profitable side career as a buff billboard model for End Zone underwear. But life in the glory lane has started to pale, and Dean has set off on a cross-country trip… Continue reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips * Natural Born Charmer

Stephen King

L.T.’s Theory of Pets * Stephen King short story

I love a story with a twist. And this one is about a quarreling couple who own a cat and a dog. LT and Lulu got each other the pet they wanted most to celebrate their anniversary together. The problem was that the dog that she got him took to her more than him and… Continue reading L.T.’s Theory of Pets * Stephen King short story

Book Reviews

Haruki Murakami * After the quake book review

For the characters in after the quake, the Kobe earthquake is an echo from a past they buried long ago. Satsuki has spent thirty years hating one man: did her desire for revenge cause the earthquake? Miyake left his family in Kobe to make midnight bonfires on a beach hundreds of miles away. Fourteen-year-old Sala… Continue reading Haruki Murakami * After the quake book review

Book Reviews

‘Wisp of a Thing’ Alex Bledsoe’s second book on the Tufas

After reading the first novel in the Tufa series, Hum and Shiver, I wanted to know what would happen with the main protagonist - the Bronwinator - and the dark - haired people in the Appalachian Cloud County. This is a story about life in a small village and about the two main families of… Continue reading ‘Wisp of a Thing’ Alex Bledsoe’s second book on the Tufas

Book Reviews

Margaret Atwood – Bodily Harm

A powerfully and brilliantly crafted novel, Bodily Harm is the story of Rennie Wilford, a young journalist whose life has begun to shatter around the edges. Rennie flies to the Caribbean to recuperate, and on the tiny island of St. Antoine she is confronted by a world where her rules for survival no longer apply.… Continue reading Margaret Atwood – Bodily Harm

Book Reviews

Margaret Atwood – Life before man

Look, I’m smiling at you, I’m smiling in you, I’m smiling through you. How can I be dead if I breathe in every quiver of your hand? – Abram Tertz (Andrei Sinyavsky), The Icicle Oh wow, what a book this has been. I read it in short bursts and I must say it's one of… Continue reading Margaret Atwood – Life before man

Excerpts

The painful story of a breakup * Blood and Gold

"But Bianca, what has it always been with you and me but harmony? Think of our long years when we dwelt in the shrine, and went out on the night winds where I could carry us. Think of the quiet between us, or the long conversations in which I talked of so many things and… Continue reading The painful story of a breakup * Blood and Gold