Online Edition: Winter 2011/2012

Welcome to the complete WINTER 2011/2012 Online Edition!

Fiction | NonFiction |Poetry | Drama | Graphic Novels

Interviews

Christopher Bram discusses his new book, which charts the immense impact of gay writing on American literature and life through the last six decades.

Interviewed by Claude Peck

Features

The Irish writer John Banville is a novelist of ideas whose prose aspires to the condition of poetry.

Essay by Yahia Lababidi

For Twin Cities based Chinese artist Meng Tang, the personal is political.

Essay by Stephanie Xenos

The Nobel prize winning poet's verse is spare, elegant, precise, and serene.

Essay by Emil Siekkinen
Reviews: Nonfiction
Kembrew McLeod and Rudolf Kuenzli

This collection of essays takes a stab at illuminating the increasing complexities of copyright law in art and digital media. Reviewed by Allie Curry

 
Judd Ethan Ruggill and Ken S. McAllister

By exploring the coercive drudgery of video games, Ruggill and McAllister show how the best games expand our sense of self and world. Reviewed by Scott Newton

 
Adam Kirsch

Adam Kirsch argues Trilling’s legacy as a defender of the primacy of literature, the importance of criticism, and of the literary critic as heroic figure. Reviewed by Spencer Dew

 
Blake Butler

Butler’s recursive, malleable syntax not only mirrors the blurry minds of the sleepless, his prose redefines that “sleeplike helpless state.” Reviewed by Nick Ripatrazone

 
James Attlee

In this collection of essays, Attlee challenges us to reexamine our relationship to the night sky for the sake of both our sense of mystery and our planet’s health. Reviewed by Paula Cisewski

 
Jerry Yang

While this memoir focuses on Yang’s win at the 2007 World Series of Poker, the more interesting portion follows his journey to America as a Hmong refugee. Reviewed by Adam Stemple

 
Ryan Van Meter

This debut collection of essays explores the silence around homosexuality and the difficulty in defining yourself when all you know is that you’re “different.” Reviewed by Nasir Sakandar

 
Inga Muscio

Muscio's new book continually affirms that a strong sense of self precipitates an expanded awareness of the surrounding world. Reviewed by Amy Wright

 
Andrzej Stasiuk

In his latest travelogue, Andrzej Stasiuk continues his exploration of remote parts of Europe to find out what makes people there survive. Reviewed by Amy Henry

 
Dubravka Ugresic

Croatian writer Dubravka Ugresic offers essays that range from academic argument to the kind of visceral epiphanies one might expect over the backyard fence. Reviewed by Steve Street

 
Roberto Simanowski

In Digital Art and Meaning, critic Roberto Simanowski rigorously scrutinizes how media and art are blended. Reviewed by Chris Funkhouser

 
edited by Georg Adler, Peter Hudis, and Annelies Laschitza,
translated by George Shriver

This collection of letters offers a litany of new insights into Luxemburg's character and her quick evolution as thinker and political insurgent. Reviewed by Vladislav Davidzon

 
Erik Larson

Larson's bestselling book investigates Hitler’s Berlin through the eyes of the U.S. ambassador to Germany, William Dodd and his family. Reviewed by Rebecca Morales

 
Florence Howe

Florence Howe writes a poignant memoir about coming of age as a feminist in mid-twentieth-century America. Reviewed by E. J. Levy

Reviews: Fiction
John Sayles

As election season begins to wax, this tome of literary historical fiction offers an encouraging reminder of the depth of American roots and the breadth of American identity. Reviewed by Joshua Willey

 
China Miéville

Embassytown is truly a novel of ideas, in which the final battle is waged not between warring space frigates but between competing theories about language and learning. Reviewed by Nathaniel Forsythe

 
A. D. Miller

Miller’s debut novel is a thriller concerning Nick Platt, a rootless Englishman up to his neck in lawless, modern-day Moscow. Reviewed by Malcolm Forbes

 
Dean Bakopoulos

In his second novel, Dean Bakopoulos tries to appraise the psychological trauma caused by 9/11 and the ensuing years of ferocious politics. Reviewed by Will Wlizlo

 
Diego Marani

Italian novelist Diego Marani has set himself the difficult task of telling the story of a man who has no story. Reviewed by John Toren

 
Khairy Shalaby

In his seventieth book, the late Khairy Shalaby takes on the pervasive and illegal use of hashish among Egypt’s youth culture. Reviewed by Brooke Horvath

 
David Bergen

Bergen brings the classic mid-life crisis story up to speed with the war-torn, plugged-in world in his recent Giller Prize-winning novel. Reviewed by Matthew Duffus

 
Neal Stephenson

Embrace your inner geek with Reamde, a fast-paced, video-game-like story that is&unlike most of Stephenson’s work—more action than analysis. Reviewed by Alice Dodge

 
Terry Bisson

These thirteen science fiction tales by Hugo and Nebula Award winner Terry Bisson focus on what makes pop culture tick: voyeurism and violence. Reviewed by Jade Bové

 
João Ubaldo Ribeiro

Ribeiro’s novel, recently translated into English, revels in the bygone Olympia Press tradition of literary erotica. Reviewed by Shane Joaquin Jimenez

 
Colson Whitehead

Whitehead's Zone One is a literary treatment of a popular theme, the zombie apocalypse. Reviewed by Victoria Blake

 
Erin Morgenstern

A stage magician named Prospero takes his daughter as an apprentice in this wondrous world of magic and dueling wizards. Reviewed by Greg Baldino

 
Helen DeWitt

The timing of Helen DeWitt’s wicked new satire of corporate America probably could not have been better. Reviewed by Brent Cunningham

Reviews: Drama
edited by Robert Knopf and Julia Listengarten

This anthology offers a rare combination of breadth and depth, without becoming a brick-heavy tome of plays. Reviewed by Justin Maxwell

Reviews: Poetry
Macgregor Card

Macgregor Card’s debut collection is challenging, but his poems make wonderful noises when you shake them. Reviewed by Alexander Dickow

 
edited by Andrew Schelling

This comprehensive and timely collection offers a rich and diversified picture of bhakti poetry in English translation. Reviewed by Graziano Krätli

 
Cedar Sigo

Sigo creates an intertextual collection that is as rich as the many sources of inspiration from which it draws. Reviewed by Bethany Prosseda

 
Sarah Gorham

Gorham's fourth collection of poetry is a varied and dynamic meditation on the many manifestations of family life. Reviewed by Nick DePascal

 
Adele Ne Jame

The Lebanese American poet Adele Ne Jame creates a rich cloth of colors and scents in this handsomely produced collection of poems. Reviewed by Zara Raab

 
Forrest Gander

This latest work by poet and translator Forrest Gander combines poetry, photography, and haibun to explore the ever-shifting geologic and human structures of the world. Reviewed by Justin Wadland

 
Lorna Dee Cervantes

If the book's cover doesn’t tip you off, you’ll soon find out that Cervantes’s love poems manage to be witty, lyrical, and wise without a trace of sentimentality. Reviewed by Sharon Olinka

 
Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Finally, after 101 years of languishing uncollected and unpublished, these uncensored poems by one of the most outrageous dada poets of them all are revealed for our revelry. Reviewed by Gary Sullivan

 
Susan Briante

Susan Briante’s poems playfully articulate the stagnancy of a population born and raised in the suburban sprawl. Reviewed by Abby Travis

 
Martin Corless-Smith

Martin Corless-Smith’s fifth collection of poetry is a deeply companionable book, with powers of reflection, musicality, candor, and sympathetic magic. Reviewed by Daniel Tiffany

 
R. H. W. Dillard

In this long-awaited seventh book, Dillard collects fifty-two poems, each a meditation upon a dead poet’s work and life. Reviewed by Greg Weiss

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