Kino in the LA Review

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The Fall 2012 issue of Los Angeles Review featured a review of Kino by Joe Ponepinto:

The pleasure of reading the work of an author who is completely immersed in the time and place of his fictional world is, unfortunately, rare. The chapters in Kino drawn from the title character’s journal are an example of writing that thrills not only by subject and characterization, but also by its sheer passion… The forays into Kino’s world of the 1920s, and the repercussions of his art eighty-plus years later, make this debut novel a winner.

You can read the entire review by downloading this pdf file.

 

Reading and Screening at the Murnau Foundation

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As a part of the F.W. Murnau Foundation’s new series “Film trifft Buch” (Movie Meets Book), I will read from Kino, followed by a conversation with me and Andrea Wink and a screening of Helmut Käutner’s 1945 film Under the Bridgeson February 1.

The F.W. Murnau Foundation, located in Wiesbaden,  preserves and restores Germany’s film heritage, and I’m thrilled to be presenting Kino in their beautiful new theater, followed by one of my favorite German films.

For details, please see the Murnau Foundation’s site, a pdf of their program, or the event’s Facebook page.

"The Death Bird" at BLIP Magazine

The Death Bird,” an excerpt from Kino, appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of BLIP Magazine (formerly Mississippi Review), alongside authors such as George Saunders, Marcy Dermansky, Angela Ball, Meg Pokrass, and Bobbie Ann Mason.

We arrived at Ufa-Palast am Zoo in a dreamy state to see Murnau’s vam­pire movie. How can I describe it to some­one whose eyes have been sul­lied by decades of triv­ial images danc­ing by on TV screens? You’ll never under­stand the rap­ture, the hor­ror, the euphoric bliss I felt at the sheer visual sur­prise. With each pass­ing moment, with every new shot on the screen, waves of plea­sure rolled through me.

Read “The Death Bird.”