October 2, 2015
by Bill Morris
Maybe the finest thing about Scrapper is the way in takes us into a deep-pore underworld that’s rarely explored in even the best books about Detroit.
October 1, 2015
Gold Fame Citrus takes an important step away from the moral convenience of cataclysm-as-metaphor — or, in lesser novels, cataclysm-as-plot-starter — toward an angrier, more urgent form that insists its reader do more than wallow in free-floating anxiety about the future.
September 30, 2015
What matters most to Clune is not so much the advocacy of computer games. What matters most is simply the undeniable fact that he’s poured so much time and dreams, thoughts and hopes, moods and memories into these games and that, as a result, a serious part of his childhood was shaped by them.
September 18, 2015
After a fashion we stop questioning how much of what we are reading is memoir and how much of it isn’t, and simply surrender to the elegant, limpid prose.
September 17, 2015
Bright Dead Things offers many answers, but is equally appealing for its questions: “Yesterday I was nice, but in truth I resented / the contentment of the field. Why must we practice / this surrender?” May our poems always be wild.
September 16, 2015
by Lily Meyer
At this point you’re probably laughing. You probably think that The Story of My Teeth sounds like performance art, which it might be, or like an MFA candidate’s anxiety-induced nightmare.
September 14, 2015
by Rob Sharp
Is it fair to consider deWitt in terms of a binary between high and low? Is his work entertainment, something to get us off? Or is it original, beautiful, communicating deep ideas? Do we need to pick?
September 10, 2015
Meno’s book makes visible the typically invisible victims of unjust economic policies. It makes these characters people — flawed and beautiful. It resists too much judgment or proselytizing and explores complex situations with appropriate complexity.
September 9, 2015
by Dylan Byron
It is difficult to avoid the impression that Gauvin’s English isn’t quite up to Toussaint’s French.
September 3, 2015
by Bill Morris
Iceberg Slim, brutal pimp turned popular author, received a fraction of the royalties due him — which meant, ironically, that he ended up getting pimped by his own publisher.