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What’s Wrong with Jonathan Franzen? #firstworldproblem

By Eugenio Volpe   

Sorry that I am just getting to Jonathan Franzen’s “What’s Wrong with the Modern World” essay now. It was published almost a month ago in The Guardian. Bloggers from Slate, The Daily Beast, New Yorker, and New Republic have already blasted it for Franzen’s trademark arrogance. My posting late on a trending topic is inexcusable. It defeats the whole purpose of blogging. It defeats the whole purpose of the Internet. Taking a month to read, digest, and respond to something is reserved for four-color, glossy print. 4G LTE technology is for instantaneous shit-talk, so here I go…


Silvertone by Dzvinia Orlowsky.

Review: Silvertone by Dzvinia Orlowsky

By Kathleen Aguero   

 Dzvinia Orlowsky’s latest collection of poetry, Silvertone, chronicles a family’s history with both tenderness and irony.  These remarkable poems create a paradoxical sense of intimacy and distance, employing the perspective of the spying child who longs to be part of her parents’ intimacy with the knowledge of love that the adult speaker brings to the… Read more »


Poemviews by Kurt Brown:
In The Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys, Campbell McGrath, Ecco Press

By Kurt Brown   

In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys, Campbell McGrath’s new book, rare linguistic fauna rear up, line by line, re-constructed from the DNA of 19th century verbiage, hefty sentences of pith and moment dwarfing much contemporary verse. Complexity of clause, words thought extinct, sinuous syntax that wraps itself around ideas about poetry and poetry’s place

Solstice lit mag at AWP: (L to R) Richard Hoffman, nonfic editor; Lee Hope, editor-in-chief; Clint McCown, author.

Solstice lit mag at AWP & Contest Announcement

By Lee Hope   

Announcing our annual LIT CONTEST. $1,000 FICTION PRIZE. Final judge: TBA. The $500 STEPHEN DUNN PRIZE in Poetry. And the $500 NONFICTION PRIZE, donated by Michael Steinberg. Final Judge: Randall Kenan. Also our new $500 E-BOOK PRIZE. Reading fee: $18.00. (For e-book $28.00.) New Contest deadline April 19th!


The Reading Dead

By Eugenio Volpe   

George Saunders newest short story collection The Tenth of December has been released just in time for the third season continuation of The Walking Dead which airs February 10th on AMC. The show is a morality tale set during a zombie apocalypse. Currently it’s the most literary drama on American television (and that ain’t the… Read more »


Roland-Merullo

Interview with writer Roland Merullo

By Lee Hope   

Hello, this is Lee Hope, editor-in-chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, an online magazine with a mission: to promote diversity of all types in the literary arts and in photography. With our newly designed Fall/Winter 2012 issue, we are beginning a new series of informal, provocative, and sporadically amusing, Audio Author Chats. We’ll… Read more »


Margins

Margins

By Eugenio Volpe   

“The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence. The writer is the man or woman who automatically takes a stance against his or her government…American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous. Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous. That’s why… Read more »


Dennis Nurkse’s new collection reviewed by Richard Hoffman

Dennis Nurkse’s new collection reviewed by Richard Hoffman

By Richard Hoffman   

Book Review A Night in Brooklyn, D. Nurkse. New York, Alfred A. Knopf. 2012 D. Nurkse’s tenth collection of poems, A Night in Brooklyn, is the spiritual chronicle of a marriage. The couple, making every effort at a true mutuality, even a revolutionary parity, contend with themselves and one another in a skein of lyrics… Read more »


Ferlinghetti Still Minds a Fascist State

By Eugenio Volpe   

~ Poet and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti recently declined a Hungarian literary prize worth $64,000, citing the right-wing authoritarian policies of that country’s government as his reasoning. In June 2011, the conservative Fidesz party passed a number of authoritarian and nationalistic laws in parliament protecting their majority-holding status. The unpopular laws also expanded the voting system… Read more »


Book Review Manifesto

Book Review Manifesto

By Eugenio Volpe   

Too many book reviews these days read like marketing testimonials. They’re too kind. They’re too fluffy. Most reviewers play nice because most are friends with the author and/or they are authors themselves and fear that their negativity might someday come around to bite their own book in the ass. It doesn’t take much Googling to… Read more »


What in the Hell’s Diversity?

What in the Hell’s Diversity?

By Eugenio Volpe   

“I could be wrong, but I believe Diversity is an old, old wooden ship that was used during the Civil War era.” What the hell is diversity? So says Ron Burgundy in the comedy classic Anchorman. The film brilliantly satirizes the rampant workplace sexism of the 1970s as network executives threaten Burgundy’s chauvinistic dominance at… Read more »