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Today's Commentary

Thinking with Your Heart vs. Your Pocketbook

Book Review

Finger of an Angel by Panayotis Cacoyannis, reviewed by Casey Dorman

Imitations of Love Poems by Dory Williams and Dustin Pickering, reviewed by Duane Vorhees


Film Reviews

The Double E Stands for Loneliness: Review of "The Silence" (Ingmar Bergman, 1963), by Michael Minassian

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Read Casey's Book Atheistic Nonviolence. Available at 

Do You Like Casey Dorman's Commentaries?

Enjoy His Philosophical Ideas in His New Science Fiction Novel: The Peacemaker

"The Peacemaker is, plain and simple, a wake-up call. Rising oceans, temperatures, floods, people and animals forced to flee from their homes... sound familiar? Dorman weaves our reality with a great cast of characters and the likely future, making for an excellent read." --Riya Anne Polcastro author of Left Behind, Book One

"Dorman's use of biomimicry, inspired by Janine Benyus's book and her continued research on this topic, makes The Peacemaker an original contribution to utopian sci-fi." -- Anca Vlasopolos, poet, author of Cartographies of Scale (and Wing)

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New Books

The foremost advocates of nonviolence, such as Ghandi and Martin Luther King, based their nonviolent postions on deeply held spiritual beliefs. In this essay, well-known atheist, Casey Dorman examines whether a nonviolent position requires an underlying spiritual belief and concludes that it does not. He further examines the practical, non-spiritual, arguments in favor of nonviolence and nonviolent resistance, even in the face of ruthless and tyrannical opponents. This essay, which is informative and readable, provides the philosophical basis for the author's ideas in his 2017 novel, "2020." 

Buy Atheistic Nonviolence  as a Kindle or paperback book at Amazon!

Read Casey Dorman's moving novel!

After losing her mother on the day of her high school graduation, Dillon Bloom enters college and discovers that her calling is to become a writer. When she finds out that the father she thought had died in her infancy may be a very much alive and famous, but reclusive, novelist she is determined to find him and discover whether he is, in fact, her father. Martin Bloom, her father, is killing himself with alcohol and, after being fired from teaching positions at Harvard and Stanford, he is living a degenerate life on a boat in Saigon, Vietnam, hoping to regain his ability to write. Dillon’s search for her father, a quest which takes her from Oregon to Massachusetts to California and finally to Vietnam, is an odyssey of alternating hope and despair in which two anti-social people, father and daughter, struggle with their identities and the meaning of the other in each of their lives.

"With Finding Martin Bloom, Dorman ventures into yet another territory, the quest novel in which the young protagonist, suddenly left on her own, goes on a journey to discover her origins and thus her own identity, and the father discovers belatedly his paternity and through it his connection to the world."

                   Anca Vlasopolos, poet, author of Cartographies of Scale (and Wing)

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Short Stories


Book Reviews

Film Reviews



Art Galleries


Lost Coast Review contributor Rebecca Morean, writing as Abbey Pen Baker, put up a freebie short story for people who like mysteries, Sherlock Holmes, the 1920s, a fun read and any combination of the above. The link is at at the bottom.

She is writing these Monographs (novellas about 35,000-40,000 words)
every six weeks or so with two free stories in between to keep people reading. The first monograph is out in on Amazon Kindle and softcover. DANCE OF THE SPIDER MONKEY, Monograph #1: Complicity
takes place eighteen months after IN THE DEAD OF WINTER. The little short story "The Other Side of Scandal," takes place between the two and bridges the two books. Read the first one at

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Editorial Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Casey Dorman

Film Review Editor: Hadley Hury



Avignon Press—Publishing Quality Books and Lost Coast Review
New Books!
Azimuths a literary novel by R. A. Morean
Cartographies of Scale (and Wing) poetry by Anca Vlasopolos

Soon to be Released!

A historical moment in literature! A new sub-genre has emerged combining poetry, philosophy, and anecdote. Kiriti Sengupta, bestselling author & poet based in Calcutta, India and translator of Bengali literature, is finalizing his Reflectionson Salvation. This work promises to be startlingly unique, fresh, and enlightening!

Sengupta's collection, termed "Flash Wisdom," is slated for release this week. We hope to spark interest in this project as few poets of this type are represented in the American publishing industry, and this peculiar collection of less than 50 pages invents a sub-genre of poetry, combining humorous anecdote with wise musings using a terse prose style.


Dr. Mary Madec, award-winning poet of Ireland, instructor of those with intellectual handicaps, and recipient of a doctorate in linguistics, invented the term "Flash Wisdom" to categorize Sengupta's promising new style — as in a similar vein, Hedwig Gorski invented the term "performance poet" during the 2000's to describe what later became "slam." — Dustin Pickering (Founder of Transcendent Zero Press and Editor-in-Chief of Harbinger Asylum)


The Art of W. Jack Savage, for sale at Amazon or


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Welcome to the New Lost Coast Review

A Political, Cultural and Literary Blog


Four Poems by G. David Schwartz


She Was To Me


She was to me

The most beautiful girl there was to see 

She was to me

I will always say

The finest and wisest girl in the bay 


Forward Into Madness 


Forward into madness 

or out in the river to not swim I just guess 

but I do believe that this insanity 

Is just a bit of rest 


 She Was So A Beautiful Girl 


She as so a beautiful girl

Melanie was made for me 

When she sang she made my head go swirl

With the Good Book, or her curls 


Mama's Have Babies 


Grandpas have pies

Go ahead and make mine cherry 

Or chocolate, I don't mind 


G. David Schwartz is the former president of  Seedhouse, the online interfaith committee. Schwartz is the author of A Jewish Appraisal of Dialogue (1994) and Midrash and Working Out Of The Book (2004) Currently a volunteer at The Cincinnati J, Meals On Wheels. His newest book, Shards And Verse (2011) is now in stores or can be ordered on line. Names in the poems are not real people.


Coming in September, 2019!

From Black Rose Writing

The Oedipus Murders

A new psychological mystery by Casey Dorman

An intricate exploration of the minds of two men: the husband of a missing woman and his psychoanalyst, both of whom share similar neurotic complexes. As the analyst unravels his client’s repression and denial about his actions toward his wife, the analyst must also struggle with his own amnesiac episodes, which increasingly lead him to suspect that he may have played a role in the woman’s murder.  The Oedipus Murdersis a complex psychological mystery, which takes place in the wealthy California coastal community of Newport Beach.

"The Oedipus Murders is a gripping murder mystery and a fascinating journey through the tricks and tribulations of the head, intelligent, illuminating, and immensely entertaining."

            Panayotis Cacoyannis, award-winning author of “The Madness of Grief.”

"Just when the reader thinks he knows what is coming next, just as all captivating, suspenseful “Oedipus Murders” must do, the plot, filled with surprise, shifts again. All is great fun. The novel would make a great film.”

Darryl Freeland, Ph.D., Former Psychology Professor, Alliant International University


Now Available from Avignon Press

"I Disapprove of What You Say, But I Will Defend to the Death Your Right to Say It"

Quotation attributed to Voltaire by Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Read Casey's Most Recent Novel: A Political Thriller in which an autocratic president stages a false terror attack in order to get himself reelected. Follow the unravelling of this mystery as it examines the various ways to fight authoritarianism in America. Available at Amazon



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