Online Edition: Summer 2001

Interviews

Joe Wenderoth Discusses Letters to Wendy's

Is it obliteration of the self or the failure of the Frosty that feeds the poetics of Wenderoth's Letters?

Dreaming American Gods: the Expanded Interview with Neil Gaiman

Gaiman reveals his sleight-of-hand tricks while discussing absent friends, adapting comics, and his picaresque new novel, American Gods.

Features

Utopic Fiction and the Mars Novels of Kim Stanley Robinson

The history of utopia unspools in this engaging essay about the unmatched vision of Robinson's left-wing novels.

Richard Foreman: Essays and Plays

The creator of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater is probed in these recent books showcasing his work.

Reviews

Two by Raymond Federman
The Twofold Vibration and The Voice of the Closet

Reprints of these essential works reveal Federman's haunting Holocaust experiences in a postmodern aesthetic of uncertainty.

Two by Mary Jo Bang
Louise in Love/The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans

More Bang for your buck: discover Bang's "language of tongue rolls and lip twists" in her two new collections of poetry.

Two by Haruki Murakami:
Sputnik Sweetheart and Underground

A novel of thwarted desire and a gripping account of the gassing of the Japanese subway that ties into his own novelistic motifs.

FICTION

The Hesperides Tree
Nicholas Mosley

Mosley relates the difficulty of reconciling literature to science in the technology-obsessed world of his latest novel.

Indivisible
Fanny Howe

In this paradoxical world the invisible is also indivisible as Howe relates the story of Henny in poetic fragments and quandaries.

Karlmarx.com
Susan Coll

Meet the commodification of Marxism in this farcical tale of disenfranchised youth.

The Unknown Errors of Our Lives
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

To err is human, but in these short stories, Divakaruni explores characters whose errors define their relationships with family and with their Indian heritage.

The Hell Screens
Alvin Lu

Lu's debut novel flows according to dream logic as ghostly characters flit in and out of view in this noir tale.

Ex-Libris
Ross King

The search of a missing manuscript fuels this bleak post-Cromwellian world in this Eco-like mystery.

A Good House
Bonnie Burnard

Chronicling over 50 years of family life, Burnard's first novel makes you feel like part of this home.

A Heart of Stone
Renate Dorrestein
translated by Hester Velmans

A childhood tragedy haunts the pregnant protagonist of this story by one of Holland's best-loved novelists.

DRAMA

Electra
Sophocles
translated by Anne Carson

This new translation matches acclaimed poet Anne Carson with Sophocles–guaranteeing a unique and original experience of Electra's woe.

NON-FICTION

M/E/A/N/I/N/G
An Anthology of Artists' Writings, Theory, and Criticism
edited by Susan Bee and Mira Schor

Taken from the journal that ran from 1986-1996, these writings give voice to the marginal artists disgusted by the '80s overblown arts market.

The Sexual Criminal
J. Paul de River

Originally published in 1949, this new expanded edition provides more gory details of perversions along with salacious information about de River himself.

My Day: The Best of Eleanor Roosevelt's Acclaimed Newspaper Columns, 1936-1962
Eleanor Roosevelt

The comfortable tone of these columns belies the imposing and incisive mind of this First Lady who served hotdogs to the King and Queen of England.

Loss Within Loss: Artists in the Age of Aids
edited by Edmund White

This collection of essays celebrates the lives and work of artists, those famous and those struck down before fame could reach them.

Fabrication
Essays on Making Things and Making Meaning
Susan Neville

Nostalgia and grief fuel these meditations on manufacturing and meaning.

Comedy After Postmodernism
Kirby Olson

Olson explores the comedic writings of such authors as Edward Lear and Gregory Corso in the framework of post-structuralist theory.

POETRY

Pen Chants or nth or 12 spirit-like impermanences
Lissa Wolsak

These prayer-like poems push vocabularic play to a heightened degree, until they "reach a place of speaking."

The Penultimate Suitor
Mary Leader

In her second collection of poems, Leader engages the ecstatic human condition.

Mallet Eyes
Jeremy Sigler

Sculptor Sigler's minimalist poems achieve a deafening silence of objectivity in which things win out over self.

GRAPHIC NOVEL

The Book of Leviathan
Peter Blegvad

Welcome to the bizarre world of a faceless baby, his intelligent cat, and the postmodern circumstances that torment them.