Online Edition: Summer 2005

Features

Litblogs

Scott Esposito ventures into the blogosphere.

An Interview with Jeanette Winterson

The acclaimed British writer discusses politics, writing, and shopkeeping.
   interviewed by Vincent Francone

Reviews

FICTION

Distant Star
Roberto Bolaño

Bolaño's dark work, even at its most bizarre, is rooted in the day-to-day existence of characters whose lives have been turned upside down by politics.   reviewed by Daniel Borzutsky

California Uncovered
edited by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, William Justice, and James Quay

An array of authors explore the mythic qualities of California creating a multicultural People's History of the California Dream.   reviewed by Ryder W. Miller

Hymns to Milllionaires
Soren A. Gauger

In this debut collection, Gauger uses the language of an earlier century to present a contemporary world in which cause and effect have been unlinked.   reviewed by Kathleen Andersen

Drama City
George Pelecanos

Pelecanos offers geographically aware fiction in which scenes of urban violence reflect the morally compromised choices of even the coldest characters.   reviewed by Jeff Charis-Carlson

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Down The Rabbit Hole
Peter Abrahams

Ingrid Levin-Hill tends to think faster with her feet than her brain--not a bad trait in a soccer player, but one that has mixed results when she investigates the murder of a local woman.   reviewed by Kris Lawson

Looking for Alaska
John Green

This compelling novel modernizes the fish-bowl context of the teenage drama, foregrounds the essential confusions of peer influence, and asserts the voices of smart, flawed characters.   reviewed by Cindra Halm

POETRY

Goest
Cole Swensen

In her latest book, Swensen takes a minimalist approach to the page, focusing on what happens in the margins, beyond the framework of words.   reviewed by Erik Anderson

Everything is Burning
Gerald Stern

Disquieting, rattling, and turbulent verse fills the pages of Gerald Stern's latest book of poems.   reviewed by Maureen Picard Robins

Instrumentality
Ravi Shankar

Shankar's poems often begin by stopping time, by pausing in the face of life; from that stillness, labors and loves find meaning through voice and rhythm.   reviewed by Neil Kozlowicz

Invisible Sister
Jeffrey Ethan Lee

Lee's first collection of poems is a daring act of language that delivers with grace the self inescapably splintered by language.   reviewed by Marj Hahne

NONFICTION

Tales of Beatnik Glory
Ed Sanders

Ed Sanders was a central figure on the beatnik-hippie scene, and this new edition of his mammoth ode to the '60s, written over a 30-year span, proves it!   reviewed by Brenda Coultas

Digital Storytelling
Joe Lambert

Lambert discusses the objectives of making a "digital story," a two- to three-minute film that holds personal meaning for the storyteller.   reviewed by Will Clemens

Canons by Consensus
Joseph Csicsila

A welcome contribution to the debate on canonicity, this book examines how literature anthologies have played a significant role in the construction of canons.   reviewed by Raphael C. Allison

Mediated
Thomas de Zengotita

De Zengotita's new book will fundamentally rework the way you see the world—which may in turn lead to fundamental reworkings of how you live in it.   reviewed by Weston Cutter

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