on Give and Take, a novel by Stona Fitch (Concord Free Press – which is half the story)

Stona Fitch’ s second novel, Senseless, was published by Soho Press on September 11, 2001. Eliott Gast, an American trade representative, is taken hostage by terrorists and then methodically deprived of his five senses. His agony, monitored by cameras, is broadcast globally.

on The Cosmopolitan, poems by Donna Stonecipher (Coffee House Press)

Donna Stonecipher has published three books since 2002, each preoccupied with how the mind attempts to slip undetected through its own security screening and arrive at meaningful destinations. As tour directors of signification and its frustrations, her poems are both enactments and examples.

on Bethlehem Steel: Builder and Arsenal of America, a history by Kenneth Warren (University of Pittsburgh Press)

My father grew up in the Point, a blue-collar section of Quincy, MA lying adjacent to the Fore River Shipyard. The Bethlehem Steel Corporation acquired the shipyard in 1913 with a European war approaching. At its productive peak, the shipyard employed 32,000 people.

on Modernist Archaist: Selected Poems by Osip Mandelstam, ed. by Kevin Platt (Whale and Star)

The arrival of new Mandelstam translations is an occasion to celebrate the solidity of the poem over the impermanence of the state. American professors who teach this lesson typically load up on theory and philosophy. But in Mandelstam’s world, the theorists – in both government and the arts – pose the lethal threat.

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