The supposed memoirs of Arnold Schnabel, a brakeman/poet recovering from a mental breakdown in the quaint seaside resort of Cape May, NJ, in 1963. . . .
The following story is true- except for the parts I totally made up. The names have been changed to protect the people I loved and to protect me from the people I hated. . . .
The working chapters of a new novel by Heather Spoonheim about her experiences in trying to bring some culinary innovation to a small town. . . .
A full understanding of Bent Magnus begins with his mind. Imagine if you poured the intellectual horsepower of Einstein, Edison, and Ben Franklin all into one man. Now imagine that the man wasn’t a total pansy, like those other guys, and you have Bent Magnus. Beginning with his birth at the “Fight of the Century” in 1910, Bent Magnus . . .
Jan 9, 2009: So first of all, I should mention that I like Dan Leo’s writing. It’s clear and effective. The characters have different voices. There’s some humor, and occasionally satire.
The two stories of his that I’ve read both take place in the 1960’s and not only do they try to get the details of the period right, but he actually includes links to youtube videos of television and pictures relevant to the story.
May 27, 2011: The day is coming when genre categorizations will collapse around our ears. No one would shove a copy of The Master and Margarita into the fantasy section of a Barnes and Nobles, although it has many things in common with the glossy books that you would find there – talking cats, the devil, levitation. But Bulgakov’s masterpiece is given the honor of being considered surrealistic social satire instead of fantasy. The same could be said for Dan Leo’s Railroad Train to Heaven. I realize that by making this comparison I [more . . .]