Online Edition: Summer 2007

This is the complete Summer 2007 online edition of Rain Taxi, including all-new content from our second installment. Click here to join our mailing list and be informed when our next issue is available!


Translating César Vallejo

an essay by Clayton Eshleman


Irvine Welsh

—interviewed by Emily Cook and Eric Lorberer

Stephen Vincent

—interviewed by Francis Raven

Mary Ann Caws

interviewed by Matthew Cheney



Posted in our First Installment

The Pesthouse
Jim Crace

In his latest novel, this English author of “hallucinatory skill” imagines a bleak future for America. —reviewed by Kelly Everding

Bed and Eeeee Eee Eeee
Tao Lin

A novel and a collection of short stories mark a dual-fiction-debut for this ironic/earnest nihilist/moralist. —reviewed by Spencer Dew

Adam Haberberg
Yasmina Reza

A solemn and alienating tone permeates this new novel from the playwright of Art. —reviewed by Ryan Rase McCray

The Lives of Mapmakers
Alicia Conroy

A short-story collection that imagines worlds of loss and uncertainty in beautifully woven narratives. —reviewed by Katie Harger

posted in our Second installment

The Golem
Yudl Rosenberg, edited and translated by Curt Leviant

In this first complete English translation of the classic tales, a Jewish history lesson comes in the form of entertaining fables. —reviewed by Jessica Bennett

Potato Tree
James Sallis

In this impressive story collection, inanimate objects come to life, jaguars haunt bedrooms, and orchids compose epic poetry. —reviewed by Morris Collins

Getting to Know You
David Marusek

Thirteen years in the making, this collection of short stories and novellas attest to the Alaskan science fiction author’s meticulousness. —reviewed by Rod Smith

Sharp Objects
Gillian Flynn

The gritty particulars of a small Missouri town provide more than enough horror in this novel, even if there were not a killer on the loose mutilating young girls. —reviewed by Spencer Dew


The Mislaid Magician
Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

The third novel in an epistolary series revolves around the conflicts between magic and railroads. —reviewed by William Alexander


Posted in our First Installment

White Bicycles
Joe Boyd

The legendary producer, who worked with everyone from Muddy Waters to ABBA, debunks the alleged irrelevance of an era. —reviewed by Mark Terrill

American Artists, Jewish Images
Matthew Baigell

The foremost scholar of 20th century Jewish art offers an introduction to a still emerging field of study. —reviewed by Daniel Morris

Pushing Ultimates
Lew Paz

A philosophical travelogue provides modern-day encouragement for those seeking enlightenment .—reviewed by Jaye Beldo

The End of the Line
Charles Clover

A journalist and sports fisherman sounds the alarm about the perilous state of the world's fish supply. —reviewed by Ryder Miller

posted in our Second installment

This Year You Write Your Novel
Walter Mosley

Just as the title of this book can be read as motivation or punishment, this “how-to” book can also be read as a “don’t hold your breath” guide to imperfection. —reviewed by Kevin Carollo

The Colorful Apocalypse
Greg Bottoms

In this travel narrative exploring the Outsider Art of the South, Bottoms sets out on a search for the whereabouts of the micro-thin, semi-permeable membrane separating religious ecstasy and madness. —reviewed by Eliza Murphy


Posted in our First Installment

Matt Fraction and Gabriel Bá

Image Comics presents the first installment of this high-energy mash-up that reads like a comics version of Sgt. Pepper. —reviewed by Rudi Dornemann

Alias the Cat
Kim Deitch

A post-modern graphic memoir that's laugh-out-loud funny from the author of Boulevard of Broken Dreams. —reviewed by Todd Robert Peterson

posted in our Second installment

Stop Forgetting to Remember
Peter Kuper

In this self-parody of a cartoonist’s life, Kuper presents himself as alter-ego Walter Kurtz in a face-to-face dialogue with the reader. —reviewed by David A. Beronä


Posted in our First Installment

The Ecstasy of Capitulation
Daniel Borzutzky

The second collection from Daniel Borzutzky energetically satirizes and lampoons politics and convention. —reviewed by Vincent Czyz

Bruna Mori, paintings by Matthew Kinney

Lyrically mapping New York City's “psychogeographical contours,” Mori teaches us Debord's lessons of drifting. —reviewed by Craig Perez

Radish King
Rebecca Loudon

Musician-poet Loudon crafts poetry of dark rhythms that is both frustrating and compelling. —reviewed by Rebecca Weaver

Bone Pagoda
Susan Tichy

In her first collection in twenty years, Tichy investigates the narratives of the Vietnam War. —reviewed by Nancy Kuhl

posted in our Second installment

Sightings: Selected Works
Shin Yu Pai

A selected from an accomplished younger poet demonstrates her intimate and fierce poetics. —reviewed by Lucas Klein

The Broken World
Joseph Lease

Musical poetry on discordant themes from a writer influenced by Whitman and Kabbala. —reviewed by Noah Eli Gordon

The Wife of the Left Hand
Nancy Kuhl

The poet's first full-length collection delivers well-crafted “dramas of desire and repression.” —reviewed by James Berger

Way More West
Ed Dorn

This collection solidifies Dorn’s status as a significant and controversial poet whose voice is still relevant and resonant today. —reviewed by Mark Terrill


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