The Best of the Literary Journals, May 2016

I’m having a quiet month as regards travel, writing deadlines and teaching, so I’ve managed to catch up on my reading of fave literary journals. Some stuff I liked: There’s some great work in the Spring edition of Santa Monica Review. I loved Diane Lefer’s story ‘What Else Have you Done?’, set in a prison…

Review of “Damnificados” in the LA Progressive

Many thanks to award-winning author/activist Diane Lefer for her piece about Damnificados, which appeared in the LA Progressive this week. It’s an in-depth appraisal of the novel, which also examines the socio-political conditions of the poor and oppressed (the world of Damnificados).                     Lefer asks, “How…

Confessions of a Carnivore – by Diane Lefer

Wow. Diane Lefer’s new novel is one wild ride. With all the animals involved, I mean that literally. She somehow mixes activism, alcoholism, protest theater, cat-love, animal observation in L.A. Zoo, and race politics in one story and comes out the other end smelling of roses. This novel is about all of those things and…

Eagerly Anticipated: New Books 2015

2014 was a good year for books. 2015 could be even better. Here are a few books I’m looking forward to. Confessions of a Carnivore by Diane Lefer This writer/activist is not yet a household name, but she will be. Author of the superb California Transit: Stories, which won the Mary Mccarthy Prize in Short…