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THE DUNITES

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I was fascinated when I learned of a group of individuals inhabiting cabins and shacks in the sand dunes near Oceano, California, during the 1920s and 1930s. This small community was comprised of bohemians, hermits, runaways, mystics, writers, and artists, all of whom had intentionally dropped out of society to seek a simpler life, one […]

HOME DECORATION: THE BOOKSHELF APPEAL OF THE SMALL FRENCH PUBLISHER

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Text by Alexis Pernsteiner. In the world of French publishing, it seemed for a time that books only came in tasteful shades of beige and white. Back in those days, my library could be described as a pale, uniform landscape, a white-sand desert. But young, up and coming, upstart publishers have upset the balance, painting their […]

ANTIEPITHALAMIA BY JOHN TOTTENHAM

Epithalamium: A song or poem in honor of a bride and bridegroom.  Antiepithalamia & Other Poems of Regret and Resentment is John Tottenham‘s second book of poetry, a sequence of mean-spirited love poems, paying particular respect to the institution of marriage, and a meditation on the subjects of regret and resentment. Morbid, bitter, self-pitying… perhaps, […]