July 2015 (Issue 21)

July is the most American month of all, so we’re celebrating with a European issue. First, “Wooden Nickels” by Irish author Michael McGlade, which okay, the story takes place in New York City, but still. Then Axel Taiari takes you to a Paris you’ve never seen before in “Fatima.” Barry Graham is back with his usual column, this time about what writers can learn from balladeers, and we round it all out with capsule reviews of the latest crime fiction.

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Wooden Nickels

1991. Last chance living. Where the forgotten slum it. When you’ve got nowhere left to go. That’s the gist of my article for the Daily News – “New York’s Picture Paper.” Bet you’ve seen them hanging around soup kitchens and blood banks and derelict missions. Dead beats socializing on discarded sofas on street corners. Has-beens hunched […]

July Editorial

The American vision is Europe is that of the slightly run-down social democracy: cobblestones and good food, free healthcare and high taxes, underpowered cars and low crime. The European vision of America? Basically, what they see in movies. This time around, we have the dark truth about Europe in Axel Taiari’s “Fatima”—it’s a Paris you […]

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