Online Edition: FALL 2007

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Interviews

Talking into Being
the complete interview with Michael Hardt

Excerpted in the Fall 2007 print edition, Leonard Schwartz’s interview with Empire philosopher Michael Hardt is now offered in it entirety here.

Thailand & Ghosts
an interview with John Burdett

Burdett, creator of three arresting novels set in Bangkok featuring the unforgettable detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, discusses his take on the unique culture of Thailand.
by Wipanan Chaichanta

Features

Hero Epics Then and Now
by Eric Lorberer

Lorberer explores the roots of the superhero epic with the release of two volumes of Jack Kirby's 1970s Fourth World comics series, comparing it to a new epic on the scene, 52.

Reviews

POETRY

A Transparent Lion
Attila József

József’s reputation as Hungary’s greatest 20th-century poet extends far beyond his homeland and his time, as this exceptional collection of his poems reveals. —reviewed by John Bradley

Apostrophe
Bill Kennedy and Darren Wershler-Henry

Apostrophe offers an absorbing, almost hypnotic, expanse of found sentences from the Internet, all of which begin with “you are.” —reviewed by Holly Dupej

a half-red sea
Evie Shockley

In her first full-length collection, the poet presents public and private histories through a series of narratives, lyrical monologues, fantastic episodes, and imagined dialogues. —reviewed by Nancy Kuhl

We Are Here
Niels Hav

This slim, respectably translated selection of poems into English represents an award-winning Danish poet at his mildly quirky and wryly humorous best. —reviewed by Poul Houe

Citizen Of
Christian Hawkey

Hawkey sustains his second collection of poetry with a wit that emerges from the contemporary bog of poetic near-humor.—reviewed by Samuel Amadon

Pepper Spray
Paul Martínez Pompa
&

The Night Tito Trinidad KO’ed Ricardo Mayorga
Kevin A. González

Momotombo Press presents two explosive poetry collections from emerging Latino writers. —reviewed by Craig Santos

FICTION

Death of a Murderer
Rupert Thomson

In Thomson’s latest novel, storylines sprout, self-delusions fester, and interpretations tangle with ambiguities. —reviewed by Matthew Cheney

Crooked Little Vein
Warren Ellis

Ellis’s dark reworking of America mixes absurd fantasies with real horrors, though this prose novel falls short of the truly nightmarish. —reviewed by Spencer Dew

Part of the World
Robert Lopez

Lopez explores the mundanity of life in this mesmerizing, Beckettian, and irresistible novel. —reviewed by Blake Butler

Russian Lover and Other Stories
Jana Martin

The women of these stories use whatever they have available to survive the dangerous world Martin concocts. —reviewed by Spencer Dew

Then We Came to the End
Joshua Ferris

In his debut novel, Ferris provides a uniquely concentrated expression of what it feels like to work in an office. —reviewed by Lucy Biederman

NONFICTION

How Sassy Changed My Life
A Love Letter To The Greatest Teen Magazine Of All Time

Kara Jesella and Marisa Meltzer

If a work of art says to us (as Rilke put it) “You must change your life,” does any published writing that has changed our lives count as a work of art? If so, Sassy has a durable claim. —reviewed by Stephen Burt

You’ll Be Okay
My Life with Jack Kerouac

Edie Kerouac-Parker

Kerouac-Parker’s new memoir is a warm, intimate, and colorful portrait of the embryonic journey of Jack Kerouac, whose seminal novel On the Road celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.—reviewed by Mark Terrill

Phyllis Webb and the Common Good
Poetry/Anarchy/Abstraction

Stephen Collis

Poet, broadcaster, public intellectual, recluse, artist—Phyllis Webb has been appearing, and disappearing, from public life for more than half a century, and Collis avoids any attempt to pin down this elusive poet.—reviewed by Kate Eichhorn

VACUM ATTACHMENT

Axial Stones
An Art of Precarious Balance

George Quasha

Quasha’s extraordinary sculptures place natural stones in a state of breathtakingly improbable balance.—reviewed by Deborah Karasov

Christian Boltanski: Time
edited by Ralf Beil

In this catalogue of stirring work, Boltanski explores the failure of family memory through a collection of WWII photographs of lost and displaced children.—reviewed by Jan Estep

Ann Hamilton: An Inventory of Objects
edited by Joan Simon

Alluring in both form and content, this collection investigates the nearly two decades of object-making by Hamilton, who is recognized more widely for her site-responsive and often temporary installations.—reviewed by Mason Riddle

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