Monthly Archives: June 2010

Peter Cameron, “The City of Your Final Destination”

The City of Your Final Destination arrived in the mail, sent by a friend with impeccable taste, and it proved to be very enjoyable. The title sounds ominous, doesn’t it? I suppose it relates in a free-floating way to the … Continue reading

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Emile Zola, “Pot Luck”

Sometimes Zola’s outrage nourishes a kind of savage farce, as in the scene in The Kill in which a woman has sex with her stepson on a bearskin rug, in a greenhouse, surrounded by loathsome artificially-grown plants. And sometimes the … Continue reading

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