Review of SWIM THROUGH THE DARKNESS – MY SEA...

SWIM THROUGH THE DARKNESS – MY SEARCH FOR CRAIG SMITH AND THE MYSTERY OF MAITREYA KALI Mike Stax Process/FeralHouse Mental illness is something I have deep empathy for. I struggle with it as do many people I consider close friends and family. It’s hard to read about but at the same time you can learn from the struggle of others. And you can count your blessings that you don’t have it as bad as some. A writer named James Crumley had this quote. I can’t remember the exact wording but it was something about luck only counts with women and in gunfights. I would add mental illness to that. Once upon a time, there was a...

Review of THE KRAMPUS AND THE OLD DARK CHRISTMAS &...

THE  KRAMPUS AND THE OLD DARK CHRISTMAS – ROOTS AND REBIRTH OF THE FOLKLORIC DEVIL Al Ridenour  November 20, 2016 Feral House  Straight up, I’ve always hated Christmas. Holidays are traditionally miserable times for me. A fat man in a red suit and family grief are not my ideas of fun. When it comes to The Krampus, I thought it was just some hipster shit. Just some cool, vintage German X-mas cards that I saw on Tumblr. I would make fun of it in my head. When I make fun of something in my head, a pattern shows this will be something that in the future I will be all about. I should just know by now to be open minded. Someday I’ll...

Review of THE MURDER OF SONNY LISTON – LAS V...

THE MURDER OF SONNY LISTON – LAS VEGAS, HEROIN, AND HEAVYWEIGHTS Shaun Assael 2016 Blue Rider Press I’m gonna chew the scenery on this one. I can’t help it. Sonny Liston has been an obsession of mine since I first heard his name about 16 years ago. I can’t remember if it was by way of James Ellroy or Nick Tosches. Either way, that name imprinted itself on my brain. How could it not? Say it out loud….Sonny Liston. Yeah, you feel it too. Shaun Assael has written the book I’ve been waiting for since I first heard Liston’s name. Sonny Liston was an African American heavyweight boxer. True birthdate...

Heather Ann Thompson talks about BLOOD IN THE WATE...

At 930 last Friday morning, I had a chance to talk to Heather Ann Thompson, a history professor at the University Michigan and author of BLOOD IN THE WATER – THE ATTICA PRISON UPRISING OF 1971 AND IT’S LEGACY. I was half asleep when the interview began but wide awake at it’s end. I had about 25 minutes talking to Heather. I would have preferred about 4 hours. D: Your book, I loved it and it broke my heart. I was fascinated and humbled by it. Previous to reading it, I knew a little about Attica. Your book was incredibly well done. Forgive me, I’m trying to wake up and get my thoughts together. It took you 10 years to...

SW Lauden Interview by Matt Morgan and Dave Wahlma...

Sorry… I’m gonna do that thing where scrubs make the interview about themselves. Just give me three paragraphs, please? (DW-It’s called Me and Matty did a thing) I met Dave Wahlman in Boston about 11 years ago ( DW-11 really? No shit). After about a year in the employment equivalent of the eighth circle of hell, I found myself working at Borders Books to hold us over until the lady graduated. Dave started working there after I was promoted to supervisor (DW- I stole everything). We clicked. He was tattooed, brash, and a little nuts. I wasn’t tattooed. The rest was close. I was the more responsible one, he was the one that would punch people...