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November 3, 2016

A Comatose Society: On Rabih Alameddine’s ‘The Angel of History’ 0

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Oblivion allows some lives to be forgotten while others proceed in pleasant calm. It allows oppression to go on.

October 31, 2016

Baby Fever: On Belle Boggs’s ‘The Art of Waiting’ 0

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But The Art of Waiting isn’t memoir. It lacks the interrogation and consideration of what it truly means to mother beyond the heteronormative definitions of vaginal birth and sharing your offspring’s DNA.

October 28, 2016

A Brief History of the Future: On James Gleick’s Time Travel: A History 2

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Gleick’s hybrid of history, literary criticism, theoretical physics, and philosophical meditation is itself a time-jumping, head-tripping odyssey.

October 27, 2016

Where Fiction Heralds Facts: On Armando Lucas Correa’s ‘The German Girl’ 0

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Correa writes to remind us of the deadly consequences of closed borders, neglected refugees, and maligned and forgotten immigrants.

October 25, 2016

Amputations and Oversights: On Marc Nieson’s ‘Schoolhouse’ 2

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If you never read a book that was written by someone you know, then you never come truly face to face with the sad inadequacy of real life, which is the reason books exist in the first place. 

October 25, 2016

Pressing Closer: On Brit Bennett’s ‘The Mothers’ 0

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Bennett’s characters struggle to know one another while navigating a morass of regret, bitterness, and desire; the result is a drama of feeling that explores how trauma shapes the contours of our lives and delineates the limits to our intimacy.

October 21, 2016

Hollywood English Class: On Margaret Atwood’s ‘Hag-Seed’ 0

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At times the book feels more like a thought experiment than an immersive novel.

October 18, 2016

A Place to Find Shelter: Donald Quist’s ‘Harbors’ 0

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Quist always has his feet firmly planted in multiple homelands: Maryland and South Carolina, U.S. and Thailand, the double consciousness of being both black and American.

October 14, 2016

Bartleby Meets Cujo: On Matías Celedón’s ‘The Subsidiary’ 0

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Celedón wrote this book with an antique stamp collection he found at an office supply sale. The result feels as much like an art exhibit, as it does a novel.

October 12, 2016

The Hope of a Suggestion: On Mary Oliver’s Latest 2

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“Upstream” comes highly recommended.