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Posts from the ‘Books’ category

Lew Terman demonstrating the theremin

Theremin and pheromones

Romance, cold war espionage, New York in the Roaring Twenties and even French Montreal all linger in the background of Sean Michaels’ debut novel about Russian inventor Lev Termen.

An Iraqi Army soldier conducts a patrol.

Post 9/11 fire

Hailed as a post-apocalyptic mind-fuck, Fire in the Unnameable Country is a post 9/11 Muslim’s account of imaginary boundaries, surveillance, and an altered reality.

Der fahrende Sänger (The Travelling Singer), by Friedrich von Keller (1840-1914)

Sketches of everyman

These are stories of guys who are crippled by drugs, who marry the wrong women, and who do not lead particularly noble, awful or even interesting lives. They are folks.