C o n t e n t s
Against the Door
Two year's worth of short fiction, plays & interviews from such diverse talents as Douglas Coupland, Irvine Welsh, Pinckney Benedict, Scott Heim, A.M. Homes, Alan Warner, Poppy Z. Brite, Laura Hird, Elissa Wald, Jason Starr, Brian Evenson and new kids on the Net like William Cuthbertson, Aimee Krajewski, Jean Kusina, David Alexander, Lenny T and Victor Saunders. Essays include a look at bookcovers from the author's viewpoint and a year in the life of Barcelona.
Greetings all. This issue, BR features a story by U.K. writer Steve Aylett, author of Slaughtermatic. If you are familiar with this cult classic, youll recognize Beerlights Chief Henry Blince and Benny the Trooper, who appear in "The Waffle Code." The story will be published this fall by Four Walls Eight Windows in the U.S. in the collection Toxicology, so here you have a taster. For newcomers, Beerlight is a slightly futuristic burg once described as "a blown circuit, where to kill a man was less a murder than a mannerism." Were in America all right, and it takes a Brit to get a right-proper nicely skewed perspective. Also from the U.K., and also slightly futuristic, we have a nicely wicked take on that country (i.e., England) by new writer Kristin Kenway. For a bit of the here-and-now, we have a selection by another new writer, Marcy Dermansky from New Orleans. And in translation from the Spanish we have a short piece told from the point of view of a young child, by Peruvian Margarita Saona, professor of Latin American Studies in Chicago. Diverse, delightful, different - that's our fiction line-up. And in poetry....
This summer BR was delighted to be joined by Amanda Schoenberg, an intern from Smith College in the U.S. Amanda had just finished a year of study in Seville and joined us for the months of June and July. Apart from reading countless submissions - most oft comment "cheesy," so future submitters beware - Amanda undertook the project of investigating the Catalan poetry scene. This came about in response to the many e-mails weve received asking about whats happening in poetry here. Allen Ginsberg asked the same question on his last visit to Barcelona in 1994. So, approaching the subject as an outsider and a non-Catalan speaker, Amanda met with seven poets from the local avant-garde and in two separate round-table discussions and one individual meeting, conducted in Spanish, she delved for some answers and uncovered a range of opinions on such topics as the Catalan language, the lack of criticism here in Catalunya, the scarcity of women poets, etc. Accompanying the interview we have RealAudio readings from the poets in their native Catalan, a "musical" treat for poets everywhere.
And heres a scoop: BR editor Marcia Morgado managed to catch up with Ernesto Mestre, Cuban-American author of the recently released and critically acclaimed The Lazarus Rumba. In this candid and lively interview he speaks of his new novel, his Cuban roots, politics and religion, literature, and his homosexuality. Its hot - dont miss it.
In celebration of the Nabokov centenary, BR presents a Nabokov Quiz to test your knowledge of the man and his works. Nothing too obscure, so jump in and give it a try. The winner will receive a book of choice of any of Nabokovs works or any book of Nabokov criticism or biography We will continue to receive answers until October 15th. If there is more than one correct submission, the winner will be selected from a draw. All winners names will be listed. This is our third BR literary quiz and due to the popular response weve received it will now be a regular feature. [Next issue: Beckett Quiz]
Check out the book reviews and our Back Issues. Wed like to bring your attention each issue to a "Pick from Past Issues" in case you missed out. In keeping with our two futuristic stories this issue, weve picked Michael Fabers "Fish" and Lenny Ts " Music As Weapon, " both from Issue 9.
Thats it! Read and enjoy . . . well be back around mid-October.
Jill Adams, editor