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»What is certain is that this Death Penalty volume offers a rich, innovative approach to a confounding topic. One can only hope that it will be broadly read and debated.«

Jan Mieszkowski

Derrida and the Death Penalty: Jan Mieszkowski reviews The Death Penalty, Volume I by Jacques Derrida. His review and an interview with Peggy Kamuf, the translator of the book, by Arne De Boever you will find at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

»«Mad scientists! Hard-boiled detectives! Vengeful goddesses! Murderous robots! Scandalous starlets! Drug-fueled love affairs!» screeches the back cover of The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction. Also, stories about hidden tombs, debauched maharajas, evil curses, pornographic films, and unusual murders.

They were the universally sumptuous fare of pulp but with a lip-smacking regional twist. While many of the Blaft anthologies’ stories (a second volume arrived in 2010) deal with fantastical figures borrowed and reimagined from Western pulp fiction, in a strange reversal, they are also grounded in recognizably common preoccupations about morality, familial duty, and marriage: staples of Tamil popular culture and my grandmother’s library.«

Kaavya Asoka

Pickles, Puja, and Pulp: Kaavya Asoka about The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction and The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction, Vol. II by Rakesh Khanna, translated by Pritham K. Chakravarthy. Her review at The Los Angeles Review of Books.

  • Ask Not by Max Allan Collins
  • Under the Eye of God by Jerome Charyn
  • Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliot Chaze
  • Snitch World by Jim Nisbet
  • Others of My Kind by James Sallis
  • The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell
  • 3 Steps to Hell by Arnold Hano
  • Dead Lions by Mick Herron
  • Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives ed. by Sarah Weinman
  • Laidlaw by William McIlvanney

The king of noir Woody Haut picks the best of 2013. His list and other favorites you will find at Los Angeles Review of Books.