Writer Nancy Stohlman doesn't need a lot of words to make an impact. In fact, she needs fewer than a thousand. Stohlman has spent the last few years championing flash fiction, stories told in under 1,000 words. She will release her new solo anthology of flash fiction, The Vixen Scream and Other Bi ... More >>
Mary DeForest loves Jane Austen. The 68-year-old academic has read each of the author's novels over 100 times. "I went to her tomb at Winchester Cathedral and burst into tears," she says. "I couldn't believe she was dead." DeForest has spent much of her academic career defending Austen's legacy. " ... More >>
A new restaurant has taken root on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency in the Tech Center. Root25 Taphouse & Kitchen is a big step up from the standard chain-hotel restaurant, with locally focused fare, barrel-aged cocktails and a healthy kid's menu. Partnering with such local vendors as Haystack ... More >>
From Ernest Hemingway frequenting the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris to Allen Ginsberg and the beat poet's relationship to City Lights in San Francisco, authors have long had intimate collaborations with the stores that sell their books. My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Pla ... More >>
Love it when people can't keep their thoughts to themselves for one second longer and just have to spew? Then you'll love the Rants & Raves category on Denver Craigslist, which regularly features declarations that vacillate from sensible to downright loony. We picked and photo-illustrated ten of the ... More >>
Among the many avant-garde artists and writers with whom Donald Sutherland was friends were Gertrude Stein and her life partner, Alice B. Toklas. Sutherland's friendship with Stein began when she praised his 1937 book, Child with a Knife. In 1951, he wrote the first text dedicated to a stylistic stu ... More >>
Last weekend was jam-packed with events all around Denver. The inaugural Denver Comic Con, PrideFest, Juneteenth and Father's Day, to name just a few, brought very diverse crowds out around the city. And that meant that very different fashion styles were seen on the street -- everything from the rai ... More >>
Richard Brautigan spent a few years basking in the celebrity sun as the author of such counterculture classics as Trout Fishing in America and In Watermelon Sugar. But it was a short honeymoon, and the writer, who came up from poverty, fell into a trough of depression and alcoholism later in life. H ... More >>
Though it's easy to over-drink and nearly impossible to over-read, books and beer go hand in hand. And a glass or two of the right beer with the right book can rightly relax the mind and stimulate the senses, thus drawing you deeper into both crafts. As is the case when pairing food with beer, the m ... More >>
Fast Forward Press' release party for its new flash fiction anthology is coming up tonight at the Mercury Cafe, and you could be featured in the next book. To the reader who writes the best one sentence story in the comments section below, Fast Forward Press will offer publication in their ne ... More >>
Of the modernists, Ernest Hemingway was by far the most man-friendly: A robust outdoorsman with a spartan style, Hemingway personified his best characters and in fact eclipsed them in legend. And though, like them, he had a brooding dark streak that eventually led to his demise, the portrait ... More >>
Shakespeare wrote that "brevity is the soul of wit" -- but most of his plays were pretty damn long, weren't they? Not so the entries compiled in Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak: By Writers Famous and Obscure. As you'll see by watching the video above, Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to te ... More >>
Absinthe, that naughty green elixir that was banned in the United States for 96 years, is back on the shelves in Denver -- as reported by Westword here and here. Supposedly hallucinogenic, the wormwood-laced alcohol was a favorite of Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway and Vincent van Gogh -- who some peo ... More >>
The wormwood wonder may be legal now, but good luck finding any in this city.
Jim Adkins and company still write the songs that make the whole world cry.
An unlikely roommate comes with plenty of baggage.
Brief reviews of recent releases
From the week of 8/2/2007
Papa, don't preach.
Greetings from the Mile High City.
Poignant Irritations paints an intriguing portrait of Stein and Toklas.
A Denver playwright tackles the world of Gertrude Stein.
Akhil Sharma has learned good tricks of the trade from “bad” writers.
Britain's William Topley finds a second home in Colorado.
Butterfly soars over the summer competition.
The sun also rises on Hemingway's Key West Grille.
When Stephen Elliott was murdered in an Alfalfa's parking lot last year, it shocked neighbors right down to the bone. Down to the bone, that is, for about 72 hours.
Teen sensation Ben Lee already knows how to act like a rock star.
DON'T LOOK FOR MEANING IN THE DEATH OF NIRVANA'S KURT COBAIN.