I’ll always have a soft spot for Umberto Eco. In his latest novel, the main character suffers a stroke and loses his memory, a conceit which allows Professor Eco, famous for his encylopedic card catalogs, to dig through endless items of popular culture in an effort to restore his main character’s memories. “The Mysterious Flame” is an illustrated novel, and a lot of the artwork reproduced in the pages is delightful–everything from old movie posters to Flash Gordon comics, etc etc. The second half of the book is narrated from within a coma, and the last pages stage a personal apocalypse that arrives at a powerful ending.
Welcome to my site — I'm glad you're here. I’m a writer, editor, translator, traveler, web designer, photographer, critic, storytelling consultant, and social entrepreneur. I’ve published two novels and a book of film criticism, launched Germany's first online literary journal, founded the writers' community Fictionaut, and started West Africa's first vegetarian food service. I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Ph.D. in English. I've lived in New York City, New Orleans, Mississippi, Wiesbaden, Germany, and the Dominican Republic, and currently divide my time between Dakar and Berlin.