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Explain Your Shelf: Moving All the Books

May 10, 2016

This is the first in a series of “Explain Your Shelf” posts. During the month of May, some Cossack Review editors, readers, and contributors will show and tell you how they organize their books. This is where some of the books normally live in our house, a handsome barrister’s bookcase we found in Wheeling, West Virginia. Now they are staying here in preparation for loading into a …

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Read This, Not That!: Gridiron Edition

February 5, 2016

Maybe you’d like an excuse to eat delicious snacks this weekend, but you don’t need to watch or read about the Super Bowl. There are plenty of other things to do while you eat your queso dip. Dave Zirin has a wealth of “counter-programming” for you, including an interview with Oakland resident Davey D on the divide between Bay Area residents and football visitors and a podcast, …

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Read This, Not That!: Please Don’t Call It Poetry Edition

January 22, 2016

A certain lipstick pig has reappeared in the news this week.                   I can’t bring myself to listen to much of her speech, much less read the transcript. She seems to be intent on ruining rhyme for everyone else. And repetition. And possibly the entire English language. Luckily, there is another pig you can read about, a Weird …

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When Men Appraise Women’s Appearances in Fiction

August 19, 2015

I haven’t been Fiction Editor at The Cossack Review for long, but I’ve been reading fiction submissions here long enough to have noticed a recurring thing: the first couple of pages of many of the stories I see feature a male character who looks at a female character and appraises her physical appearance. It usually takes a full paragraph for this to happen, and it often happens in …

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