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CIRCUS DIARIES: Big Top Typewriter

In Books, Cabaret, Circus, Opinion, Reviews by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

Here is a book that hits all my buttons: It’s a book about circus; it’s a book about writing; most importantly, it’s a book about writing about circus! David Lewis Hammarstrom wrote his first circus review at the age of 14, frustrated then – as I often am still now – about the lack of critical appraisal in a mainstream media that doesn’t know its circus onions, or in fan press that accentuates only positives and gives little sense of relative perspective.

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BOOK REVIEW: After Anatevka

In Books, Opinion, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

Alexandra Silber’s first novel After Anatevka is a carefully crafted study into love and life in Russia in the early twentieth century. Much like Marc Chagall was to paint enchanted images of that era, so too do Silber’s words offer a painstaking picture of a world long since disappeared.