July 26th 2008

Moe’s Books

Moe's Books

Stopped into Moe’s Books last night after dinner–about 8:30. I got out before it closed at 11. Barely. Poetry (2 books) and a couple of Latino books for classes. I had a 10% off coupon on the used books and that justified the purchases. I saved $2.19! I should have bought another book and saved even more!

On a whim, I looked up some poets with whom I shared a class at Berkeley in the 1980’s just before my daughter was born. One of them, William Talcott, had a couple books in the used section–not sure if that’s good or bad. Walt Whitman also has books there, so he’s got good company. I couldn’t find any of the other names I remembered, and I’m certainly not there. Talcott gave me a small chapbook of poems called The Fennel Extracts which I have cherished ever since. I discovered he passed away 2 years ago. I hope there’s fennel growing near him now.

No Comments yet »

July 14th 2008

Dan’s Got a New Book Out

Dan's Got a New Book Out

My friend Dan Chacón (on the right) has a new book coming out in November, Unending Rooms. It is a collection of some superb stories that display Dan’s quirky humor as well as his remarkably clear perception of human nature.

For those unfamiliar with Dan’s work, his first collection of stories, Chicano Chicanery, challenges notions of loyalty and friendship. In his writing chicanery is not an excuse but a reality,” according to one reviewer. The plot of his first novel, and the shadows took him, “extends like a dead man’s arm into a dysfunctional family’s life” according to a review by the San Antonio Express-News. Wry humor and a sort of quantum realism–Chacón’s extention of magical realism–pervade these stories, making them both disturbing and compelling.

Check out Dan’s web site, The Field and the Labyrinth, and his blog, At Play in the Quantum Field, the latter replete with fascinating glimpses into a writer’s consciousness. Oh, and buy his books!

No Comments yet »