- July 25th, 2014
Berlin Now: The City After the Wall nonfiction by Peter Schneider (Farrar Straus & Giroux)
Borrowed Tales, prose fiction by Deborah Woodard (Stockport Flats)
The Realm of Last Chances, a novel by Steve Yarbrough (Knopf/Vintage)
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- July 21st, 2014
For his eighteenth birthday in 1973, Hervé Guibert received a Rollei 35 camera from his father. Eight years later in 1981, Guibert published L’image fantôme or Ghost Image, a collection of sixty-three short essays on photography that begins with a botched attempt to take a photograph of his mother shortly after receiving the gift.
- July 17th, 2014
In her fourth novel, Wonderland, Stacey D’Erasmo has crafted an immersive narrative about artistic creativity and freedom by honoring a basic unknowingness about the subject. She succeeds through the tonal control of her candid and shrewd narrator: Anna Brundage, a 44-year old rock star revered by cultish fans but just now emerging from a seven-year musical silence.
- June 10th, 2014
In this feature, thirty writers share their summer reading lists.
- May 10th, 2014on Nietzsche Apostle (Semiotext[e]/Editions Suhrkamp) and Philosophical Temperaments (Columbia Univ Press) by Peter Sloterdijk
“Philosophers are athletes of conceptual categories,” writes Peter Sloterdijk. If so, Sloterdijk is a notable color commentator of the games. He portrays Wittgenstein as “a thinker who left behind a work of individual sentences,” a remark that illustrates Sloterdijk’s similar talent for compression, leaping thought and daring statement.
- April 28th, 2014Guest Review: Mark Athitakis on A Kind of Dream, stories by Kelly Cherry (University of Wisconsin Press)
One of Kelly Cherry’s most quoted and anthologized works is a poem called “Alzheimer’s,” published in her 1997 collection, Death and Transfiguration. It’s a snapshot of one moment in a man’s decline: A “crazy old man” arrives at a door holding a suitcase ...
… swinging from his hand,
That contains shaving cream, a piggy bank,