- August 29th, 2016
Jesse Ball’s novels clarify their unconventional premises and intentions according to their own natures. As a genre-shuffler, Ball draws you in through mastery of voice and context – strangely valid accounts of strangely familiar worlds. His processes demand as much recognition as his plots; his characters collude in gratifying the demand.
- July 27th, 2016on Invisible Man: Ralph Ellison and Gordon Parks in Harlem, edited by Michal Raz-Russo (Steidl/Art Institute of Chicago)
In 1947, Ralph Ellison had been working on his novel Invisible Man for two years when he was approached by an editor at The Magazine of the Year to write a feature on the new Lafargue Psychiatric Clinic in Harlem. Lafargue offered psychiatric services to blacks and whites, the only institution in New York to do so.
- July 20th, 2016on Conversations in Jazz and Music in the Air: Selected Writings of Ralph J. Gleason, ed. by Toby Gleason (Yale)
John Coltrane told Ralph Gleason that at live gigs his quartet always played “My Favorite Things” for fourteen minutes and his solo repeated a general pattern.
- July 17th, 2016
Alessandro Baricco’s thirteenth novel, The Young Bride, is spoken by the title character, now 53 and experiencing a “sudden disintegration” and “an uncontrolled collapse of my personal life.” But this is no illness narrative. Baricco (b.
- June 29th, 2016on New Non-Fiction: Russia’s Criminalization, Female Delinquents at Samarkand Manor & a Diary of the Nazi Occupation of France
The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep: Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship Under Yeltsin and Putin by David Satter (Yale)
Bad Girls at Samarcand: Sexuality and Sterilization in a Southern Juvenile Reformatory by Karin L. Zipf (Louisiana State University Press)
- June 25th, 2016on Something Will Happen, You’ll See, stories by Christos Ikonomou, tr. by Karen Emmerich (Archipelago Books)
In March 2015, the editors of Der Spiegel met with a group of six influential Greeks for a roundtable discussion on relations between Germany and Greece.