November 12, 2014
What I admired most about these essays is the way each one takes its own shape, never conforming to an expected narrative or feeling the need to answer all the questions housed within. D’Ambrosio allows his essays their ambivalence.
November 10, 2014
by Rob Sharp
For fans of these painstakingly crafted books, the revelation that Frank is existentially adrift might not be news, but it’s rare to see both Ford’s literary approach and Frank’s disconnection laid out with such brevity.
November 7, 2014
‘Fat Man and Little Boy’ is what it would sound like if Dylan Thomas wrote about the atomic bomb.
November 5, 2014
The stories here are very much about familial love, and all the things can go wrong for, or in, a family.
October 30, 2014
In this meeting ground of living and dead, can anyone find comfort?
October 27, 2014
by Matt Seidel
Cowardice is the flaw that dare not speak its name, or as Walsh wryly puts it: “Every other species of human baseness, it seems, has rated a monograph.”
October 24, 2014
Lahr states in the preface that he constructed the book closer to a profile than a traditional biography. In this way, he listens to the music. Texture, seemingly improvisational moments, comes from the layering of different sounds. Elements overlap and knock up against each other.
October 23, 2014
Butler’s central trope has always been the idea of homes, our private Americas. But Butler’s house has many rooms. 300,000,000 is a new testament; what happens when prose becomes prophecy.
October 22, 2014
I don’t care about cage fighting, ultimate fighting, MMA; Kerry Howley made me care.
October 21, 2014
by Gil Lawson
Mature Themes, a collection of prose, poetry, and essays—doesn’t draw a cohesive biographical character so much as barrage its reader with an array of technicolor scenes, replete with camera flashes, expensive art, and totally fictional anecdotes about celebrities.