.Stefanie Kalem

Mar 14, 2012

Ellen Ullman Explores Her Inner Darkness With ‘By Blood’

Ellen Ullman's first two books — the memoir Close to the Machine and the Kafkaesque coding thriller The Bug — both took place in...
Mar 7, 2012

Kris Saknussemm: Bent and Reverent

If the art of writing were a pop song, "write what you know" would be the "na na nas." If Kris Saknussemm's new novel,...
Feb 29, 2012

The Wall Streeters Come Tumbling Down

Portions of the publicity blurbage for Cristina Alger's novel The Darlings read like they could belong to the kind of glitzy pulp that writers...
Feb 15, 2012

The Book That Dare Not Speak Its Name

The title of the new collection edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is so potentially incendiary that her publisher's emails about it have gotten hung...
Feb 8, 2012

Listening in the Dark

The protagonist of the first half of Adam Johnson's novel The Orphan Master's Son specializes in fighting (and therefore seeing) in the dark, an...
Feb 1, 2012

Fred Setterberg Goes Home

As most East Bay denizens will easily reckon, the early days of local suburbia were no pastel-hued utopia. "For years, I've wanted to write...
Jan 18, 2012

Stranger Than Fiction

Asked what piece in Distrust That Particular Flavor — his new collection of essays, articles, talks, and other nonfiction works — was the most...
Jan 11, 2012

LA Punk Confidential

In the mid-1970s, punk rock bloomed electric on both sides of the Atlantic — first in New York, then in London. The second wave...