mid-june to mid-august 1999
C o n t e n t s
Steve Aylett (two poems)
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.
A fish gun, a possible Steve Aylett invention, on display in Barceloneta, May 1999.
Welcome to issue 13 which kicks off the start of the BRs third year. This
time round we have two short, short stories by U.S. writer G.K. Wuori, whose
collection Nude in Tub - set in Quillifarkeag, Maine, jokingly referred to as
"a U.S. protectorate tucked like a bug between the buttocks of Quebec on one side and
New Brunswick on the other" - is a must read for all lovers of the quirky and the
offbeat. Also from the U.S. we have short fiction by new writers Matt Marinovich,
who offers a young brothers wry and telling commentary on viewing a slide show
("automated" for your own viewing pleasure); Jason DeBoer, who, one night
in Katmandu, had the inspiration to write a story consisting only of words from
Shakespeares The Tempest, "drawing on certain themes of Nietzsche, Sade
and Bataille," which, amazingly, he manages to transform into an engaging story in
its own right; and American poet Roger Aplon, who, while sitting in his present
home in Barcelona, had the inspiration to interview "characters" after reading
Felipe Alfaus story from Locos in the last issue of the BR. Last of all, from
New Zealand, we have a poignant and deftly told story by Donna Lee - somewhat more
traditional, but, as with all good fiction, with a definite edge of its own.
Other news: Uncle Petros and Goldbachs Conjecture by Greek author Apostolos Doxiades (see review) will finally be available in English though it wont make this summers reading list. Faber and Faber in the U.K. and Bloomsbury U.S. will bring out the novel in March 2000, so theres one good read you can count on for the millennium. Well keep you posted. And: the Nabokov Quiz we promised......next issue for sure!
Were also pleased to announce that with this issue thanks to Eva-Marie Toussaint we have a French page, where you can find a choice selection of fiction in French translation.
Thanks to all of our past contributors over the past two years - all content available in our Back Issues - and to our many readers. Keep your comments coming.
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Jill Adams, editor