Friday, August 17, 2007

Perfect circle

An inspired pairing for this review: Howard Hampton's Born in Flames and Luc Sante's Kill All Your Darlings (need to get this one!)

Covering essentially the same time period, both collections represent their writers' contributions to every major independent publication from the [PTSNBN] and Bookforum to The New York Review of Books and The Believer.

[...]I would be remiss if I didn't remark on the titles of these two collections: Born in Flames and Kill All Your Darlings create a perfect circle� Birth in one, death (murder) in the other. What does this suggest about pop culture and history and their constant cycles of creation and destruction? Why this preoccupation with being born or slaying something to get to the truth?

L.A. City Beat

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