Author Archives: J. Davis

Bukowski’s Ham on Rye published by The Prototype Press

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The Hatchet Buddha by Rebecca Gayle Howell; Published by Larkspur Press

I originally came across Larkspur Press in my endless pursuit of the writings of Wendell Berry. It was a joy to discover that I could get pieces of his writings from small private presses like Larkspur and The Press on … Continue reading

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CODEX 2017: Notes from Book Heaven

I’ve just wrapped up another wonderful visit to the CODEX Book Fair and the amazing city of San Francisco/Richmond that hosts it every two years. For those of you who have not been but share a love for the hand-made … Continue reading

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Tartuffe, by Moliere; Published by the Arion Press

“To be flawlessly monstrous is, thank heaven, not easy.” “Life, happily, will not have it.” (Trigger warning: Politics…but, hey, it’s Moliere!)

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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert; Published by The Limited Editions Club

“Many of us ordinary folk find complicated ways in which to give expression to our disappointment in romance, like getting drunk, like going to the dogs, like murdering a beloved one, like marrying the wrong person. But Flaubert found a … Continue reading

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Women Writers in Fine Press, Revisited

A little over a year ago I wrote a post about women writers being represented in fine and private press offerings. And about my reading of women writers generally. That post can be reviewed here. I embarked on a year … Continue reading

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FANCY: 8 Odes of John Keats; Published by the Barbarian Press

Away! Away! for I will fly to thee, Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards, But on the viewless wings of Poesy, Though the dull brain perplexes and retards… –from Ode to a Nightingale I have definitely dawdled and procrastinated … Continue reading

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Poetry of Sappho; Published by the Arion Press

…“Whom again do I persuade to take you back into her love? Who, Sappho, is doing you wrong?” These lines from a poem of Sappho speak to us across the millennium. It’s been twenty-six centuries since this intriguing and unforgettable … Continue reading

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The Iliad or the Poem of Force by Simone Weil; Published by The Lapis Press

This marvelous essay by French Philosopher, activist, and Christian Mystic Simone Weil came along at just the right time for me. I’ve been studying the Yoga Sutra of Patañjali while completing my 200 –hour yoga certification and thinking a lot … Continue reading

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A Lost Lady by Willa Cather; published by The Limited Editions Club

This short novel by Willa Cather is a great example of the Schiff-era output of The Limited Editions Club as he changed the direction of the LEC from using book illustrators and graphic artists to using “fine art” artists to … Continue reading

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