Summer 2016


The Ethos of Irony: An Interview with Lee Konstantinou
Lee Konstantinou’s new book approaches postwar literature, politics, culture, and counterculture through the lens of the ironic worldview, pioneered by hipsters, punks, believers, and the cool alike.
Interviewed by Dylan Hicks

The Nightboat Interviews
In eight interviews featuring authors published by Nightboat Books, Andy Fitch offers a comprehensive oral history of the diverse output of this decade old press.

Paula Cisewski    •    Juliet Patterson
George Albon    •   Michael Heller
Douglas A. Martin   •   Martha Ronk
Lytton Smith   •   Jonathan Weinert

Interviewing the Interviewer: A Conversation with Andy Fitch
To conclude our special section of Nightboat Interviews, we turn the spotlight on interviewer Andy Fitch to find out what drives him toward oral history projects. Interviewed by Caleb Beckwith

My Year Zero: An Interview with Rachel Gold
Enter the world of Rachel Gold's latest novel, which tackles the subjects of mental health, dating, making mistakes, being a young artist, and writing your own story. Interviewed by Steph Burt


Paper Girls, Volume 1
Brian K. Vaughn & Cliff Chiang
Strange goings on in a Cleveland suburb capture the attention of four paper delivery girls in this riveting graphic novel. Reviewed by Amelia Basol


Matthias Buchinger: "The Greatest German Living"
Ricky Jay
Esteemed collector and magician Ricky Jay chronicles his obsession with the Little Man of Nuremberg, illustrated profusely with ornamental and wildly detailed micrographic works. Reviewed by Jeff Alford


Broken Hierarchies: Poems 1952-2012
Geoffrey Hill
With the recent passing of Hill, whom many consider Britain’s finest poet, we bring this review of his selected poems online to celebrate his work. Reviewed by Adam Tavel

Chapbook Reviews

Black Movie
Danez Smith
Smith’s Black Movie is a cinematic tour-de-force that lets poetry vie with film for which medium can most effectively articulate the experience of Black America. Reviewed by Mary Austin Speaker


Firewood and Ashes: New and Selected Poems by Ben Howard
Geis by Caitríona O'Reilly

Two collections of poems take on Ireland—one by Iowan Ben Howard, obsessed with the Green Isle, and the other by Irish poet O’Reilly, whose work is influenced by American poets. Reviewed by M. G. Stephens

Athena Kildegaard
Kildegaard’s latest volume of poems expand out from the garden to saints, divination, and ultimately to the universe. Reviewed by Heidi Czerwiec

Night Sky with Exit Wounds
Ocean Vuong
With an expert blend of the tender and the destructive, Vuong shows himself to be a master of the lyric moment. Reviewed by J.G. McClure

Histories of the Future Perfect
Ellen Kombiyil
Kombiyil uses boundaries as launch pads to careen from one galactic experience to the other, occasionally returning to the ground. Reviewed by Samantak Bhadra

Joan Cusack Handler
This heartfelt collection of poems is an extended elegy to Joan Cusack Handler’s parents, who were Catholic immigrants from Ireland. Reviewed by James Naiden

Tomaž Šalamun
Šalamun’s posthumous collection is drawn from unpublished works and other collections, showing his seminal humor and fearlessness. Reviewed by John Bradley

Literature for Nonhumans
Gabriel Gudding
Gudding offers a “zoopoetics” that explores an empire defined by agri-industry and the slaughterhouse. Reviewed by Garin Cycholl

Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962 – 1972
Alejandra Pizarnik
This collection of poems by a powerful Argentinian voice peels back the skin of darkness to reveal an exploration of death, the wonders of childhood, and the heavy chains of imagination. Reviewed by George Kalamaras


My Escapee
Corinna Vallianatos
The women who populate the stories in this prize-winning collection are bound together by a common desire to escape. Reviewed by Shane Joaquin Jimenez

Tamara Faith Berger
Number 7 in the Unlimited New Lover series, Kuntalini follows erotic adventures in yoga class. Reviewed by Corwin Ericson

Eleven Hours
Pamela Erens
In her latest novel, Erens unpacks the fearful anticipations of becoming a mother and the painful process of losing one. Reviewed by Lori Feathers

My Name is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout
Strout touches on themes of family and memory, poverty and superiority, loneliness and identity, providing a down-to-earth reflection on real life grace, searching, and the irreversibility of life. Reviewed by Emily Myers

We Could Be Beautiful
Swan Huntley
Huntley spins a spellbinding novel that explores wealth, trust, and the tumultuous nature of familial relationships. Reviewed by Rebecca Clark

Cities I’ve Never Lived In
Sara Majka
Majka’s debut novel follows the narrator, a women re-evaluating her life after a divorce, in a dream-like prose that blurs the line between memory and fact. Reviewed by Montana Mosby


Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
In the first Shadowhunters novel, Clare engages with an enthralling plot, witty humor, romance, mystery, and plot twists that will have the reader gasping out loud. Reviewed by Jessica Port


Germany: A Science Fiction
Laurence A. Rickels
Rickels traces the resurgence of German Romanticism in postwar Californian SF writing, as evidenced by Heinlein, Pynchon, and Dick. Reviewed by Andrew Marzoni

Real Artists Have Day Jobs (And Other Awesome Things They Don’t Teach You in School)
Sara Benincasa
Comedian Benincasa’s new book offers 52 chapters with life advice as told through deeply personal narratives. Reviewed by Christian Corpora

You Are A Complete Disappointment: A Triumphant Memoir of Failed Expectations
Mike Edison
Edison's humorous memoir unfolds into a heart-wrenching narrative of the author’s journey to make peace with his childhood, forgive his father, and find worth within himself. Reviewed by Bridget Simpson

We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s
Richard Beck
Beck writes about the Satanic Panic of the 1980s and its outlandish tales of child abuse, many of which were linked to accounts of bizarre devil-worshipping rituals. Reviewed by Spencer Dew

Six Capitals, or Can Accountants Save the Planet?
Jane Gleeson-White
Gleeson-White’s new book reports on cutting edge ideas in accounting with a keen and strongly critical eye. Reviewed by Robert M Keefe

Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War
Raghu Karnad
Karnad’s astonishing history casts the Indians who served the British Empire in Iraq during World War II in a prestigious role. Reviewed by Mukund Belliappa

Every Song Ever
Ben Ratliff
Ratliff’s book is a series of graceful music-appreciation essays designed for listeners evolving into a species inundated with thousands of kinds of music across culture, region, and history. Reviewed by Dylan Hicks

Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man
Jason Mark
Journalist and back country explorer Jason Mark argues that not only is the wild relevant, we need it now more than ever. Reviewed by Eliza Murphy

Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax
Michael N. McGregor
Inspiring and thought-provoking, this biography follows the unconventional life of an experimental poet who pursued life, faith, and art with authenticity. Reviewed by Linda Lappin

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy
Sue Klebold
Klebold’s book is a sometimes obsessive investigation into the suicidal depression that her son Dylan hid from almost everyone—until he and his friend shot to death twelve students, a teacher, and themselves at Columbine High School. Reviewed by Jason Zencka

Surrealism, Science Fiction, and Comics
Edited by Gavin Parkinson
Gavin Parkinson is on a mission is to establish academic scholarship on Surrealism’s link to science fiction and to comics. Reviewed by Laura Winton

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