The Fall 2006 issue of The Quarterly Conversation is up and running. Lots of the usual goodness, plus an extended look at Haruki Murakami, including essays, a dictionary, and a review of "Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman" by yours truly. It’s a great collection of stories, though maybe as a whole a bit weaker than The Elephant Vanishes. It felt like a tying up of loose ends, collecting together all the stories in one place that had been floating out there in magazines and such – which, I suppose, is true of most collections of stories; but, some of the stories are kind of weak, which adds to that feeling. Still, a highly recommended book to check out. Literally, if you have a good library nearby.