January 15, 2015
Wallace’s complex mind and neurotic tendencies found their most successful (i.e. accessible and popular) outlet in nonfiction, and that although history may remember his novels and stories as his most important contributions to literature, his nonfiction is more successful in doing what he aimed to do with literature and more representative of who he was as a person and a writer.
January 8, 2015
by Josh Cook
Pearlman repeatedly thrills us by opening up secret worlds, and it’s because of the exquisite care with which these worlds are formed that we come to care deeply about her people (“characters” just doesn’t cut it).
November 28, 2014
by Buzz Poole
Everything that comes to pass in ‘The Strange Library,’ like in so much of Murakami’s fiction, questions the differences between what is real and what is not, and whether such a distinction even matters.
November 28, 2014
In its own, understated, comic way, The Unspeakable is a very ambitious book, one that attempts to chart a personal evolution, while at the same time acknowledging that the idea of personal growth is at best absurd.
November 25, 2014
Literature Isn’t a Religion, It’s a Country: On Azar Nafisi’s ‘The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books’ 3
If you’re looking for an easy road map to human ethics, literature ain’t the place for you.
November 24, 2014
No one’s sure whose idea it was to call the new professor Wittgenstein, but it seems somehow fitting. He is a maddening teacher. No one quite follows what he’s trying to convey. But he seems, in some essential way, like the real thing.
November 19, 2014
by Paul Morton
When you read a comic, you are accepting a direct message from one singular honest soul. Your hand touches theirs. That soul can be strange. That soul can be sick. And it can also be oh-so earnest,
November 17, 2014
by Marc Mewshaw
Denis Johnson’s newest novel twists the formula of the spy thriller into a blistering, bleakly funny portrait of modern-day West Africa
November 14, 2014
Wrapping up issues of corporate welfare, media sycophancy, sanctioned brutality, and beating them with an angry stick, Almond’s screed is less an assault on football than the organization that aids and abets its worst behavior.
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.