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Thursday, June 14,2012

Confronting the past

‘Jarhead’ author discusses new memoir

By Sebastian Murdock
In his new book, Hotels, Hospitals and Jails, a memoir taking place after the success of his New York Times bestselling military memoir, Jarhead, Swofford finds himself at an impasse in his life. Despite the slew of women he sleeps with on a regular basis — oftentimes cheating on multiple “girlfriends” in the same night — and living in a plush Manhattan apartment with a window view of jutting skyscrapers and seemingly endless possibilities, Swofford quickly turns to drugs and drinking as he deals with his family issues and the toll of his war experience.
Thursday, March 22,2012

The truth about 'On the Road'

By Lionel Rolfe
In his latest book, Gerald Nicosia has unlocked the dynamic of Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, and not a moment too soon. Nicosia, the author of Memory Babe, the definitive Jack Kerouac book, was an advisor to the On The Road movie due to premiere in May at the Cannes Film Festival. On the Road, published in 1957, was, of course, the book that made Kerouac famous. It was inspired by Jack London’s famed book The Road, published in 1907.
Thursday, March 8,2012

Of adverbs and experimentation

Josh Gross’ short stories reveal a writer finding his voice

By Elizabeth Miller
Of course I liked Secrets & Lies, a collection of short fiction written by Josh Gross. I like Josh Gross. We dated in college, hated each other until I was in graduate school, and then became friends. And there’s enough of him in those pages for it to feel, after reading a story, as though I’ve just had a conversation with him.
Wednesday, January 18,2012

New fairy tale novel aims to be 'Shrek' for adults

By Amanda Moutinho
Usually fairy tales start with a beautiful princess waiting for Prince Charming to whisk them away. But in the new book CURSES! A F***ed Up Fairy Tale, Julie Kazimer takes a different approach — Cinderella gets hit by a bus on page two.
Thursday, January 12,2012

A tale of two predators

Former Denver Post reporter Amy Herdy reflects on her relationship with serial rapist Brent Brents

By David Accomazzo
In 1989, a jury found Brent Brents, then 18, guilty of raping two children. He spent the next 15 years in jail, and when he got out in July 2004, he went on a terrifying rampage, raping and assaulting dozens of men, women and children until his capture in February 2005.
Thursday, December 8,2011

A year of poetry

By Elizabeth Miller
One year ago, AJ (Andrew) Carrillo was there waiting for Innisfree Poetry to open its doors. He had watched the storefronts at 13th and Pennsylvania avenues rotate over the years while he studied humanities at the University of Colorado. When newspaper went over the windows and a sign said “coming soon” for a poetry store, he was ready for it, and when Innisfree Poetry opened on Dec. 10, 2010, he was the first customer.
Monday, October 31,2011

Knight brings to light the real Five Percent

Muslim scholar’s latest tackles little-understood movement

By Steve Weishampel
The bad boy of Islam is all grown up — and he might be badder than ever.
Thursday, August 25,2011

The 31-year itch

Boulder author Robert Dresner’s newest novel

By Steve Weishampel
Boulder novelist Robert Dresner is openly self-derisive when he talks about his work. “There’s no way I’m ever having a mastery of the language,” the Boulder novelist says, but adds, “Y’know, I have moments.”
Tuesday, July 12,2011

Crafting the craftsmen

Boulder Writing Studio teaches fine art of storytelling

By Sara Kassabian
Everyone has a story — an inkling of a narrative that starts from a life experience, or an idea that has rooted in the imagination. The Boulder Writing Studio is the first local organization devoted to teaching the mechanics of storytelling in a community setting.
Friday, June 3,2011

New York Times bestselling author comes to Boulder

Justin Cronin sounds off on sleepwalking, vampire lore and what’s next

By Sara Kassabian
Nights have always been a busy time for Justin Cronin. A self-described “champion sleepwalker” in his youth, he has since been bombarded by vivid dreams and an active imagination, something he shares with the characters (the possessed ones, that is) in his haunting New York Times Bestselling novel, The Passage.