a thousand morons by Quim Monzó (translated from the original Catalan by Peter Bush)

Pierre Charles L’Enfant and Andrew Ellicott carefully planned Washington DC – with its precise grid of streets, beautiful tree-lined avenues and stunning perspectives. Older cities like Boston or lower Manhattan developed more organically, the seemingly haphazard  pattern of their streets dictated by the habits of those who used them. A good short story collection can grow like a city. Either organically – as when an … Continue reading a thousand morons by Quim Monzó (translated from the original Catalan by Peter Bush)

All Fires The Fire and Other Stories by Julio Cortázar (Suzanne Jill Levine, translator)

My interest in Julio Cortázar was piqued when I discovered his novel Hopscotch.  At the front of it is a Table of Instructions.  The reader can choose to read one of two ways:  the first by progressing in the normal, linear fashion.  The second is to follow a key of numbers, corresponding to the chapter headings, which sends the reader jumping back and forth through … Continue reading All Fires The Fire and Other Stories by Julio Cortázar (Suzanne Jill Levine, translator)