Chip Kidd, Harvey Pekar, Martín Espada, and many more...


Form and Content: An Interview with Chip Kidd
Interviewed by Eric Lorberer
The fact that Chip Kidd has more than one superpower turns out to be a boon for readers.


The Republic of Poetry
Martín Espada
Espada’s latest is a moving collection that cries with outrage at social injustice and with tribute for poets whose lives have been marked by courage and humanism. Reviewed by Cindy Williams Gutiérrez

Tracy K. Smith
Something haunts Tracy K. Smith’s second book of poems—perhaps the invisible yet palpable veil between life and death. Reviewed by Cindra Halm

Dear Body:
Dan Machlin
Machlin’s poetry gives real pleasure—and a challenge in ascertaining whether we are more than the sum of the parts we can easily name and tabulate. Reviewed by Nate Pritts

Tung-Hui Hu
I Don't Believe In Ghosts
Moikom Zeqo
& Velocity
Nancy Krygowski
Three new poetry collections explore the slippery, ghostlier demarcations of contemporary life. Reviewed by Lizzie Hutton

In the Pines
Alice Notley
Notley challenges preconceived notions about poetry in this stunning new volume, taking on such subjects as the fragility of mental stability and the differences between men and women. Reviewed by Christopher Luna

Another Kind of Nation: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry
Edited by Zhang Er and Chen Dongdong
If poetry is, as Ezra Pound put it, “news that stays news,” then poetry in translation is news from abroad—but the news isn't always easy to digest. Reviewed by Lucas Klein

Garrett Caples
No Real Light
Joe Wenderoth
Two new books of poetry by eclectic voices tackle the polymorphic anxieties of the 21st century. Reviewed by Kevin Carollo


The Apocalypse Reader
Edited by Justin Taylor
As the title suggests, this collection of short stories explores catastrophic scenarios for our shuddering pleasure. Reviewed by Spencer Dew

Tom McCarthy
A man suffers a traumatic injury and adopts an unusual method of recovery: a quest for authenticity. Reviewed by Ken Chen

How Best To Avoid Dying
Owen Egerton
The world is a deceptively menacing place, as any reader of these surprising and original stories will gather. Reviewed by Stephen Clair

The City in Crimson Cloak
Asli Erdogan
& I Have the Right to Destroy Myself
Young-Ha Kim
Two novels recently published in America—though originally published in Turkey in 1998 and South Korea in 1996, respectively—cast twin lights onto unsettling storytelling obsessions. Reviewed by Alan DeNiro

The Quiet Girl
Peter Høeg
Høeg’s purported “fast-paced philosophical thriller” proves to be a rant on the spiritual trends of the day. Reviewed by Poul Houe

Paradise Road
Kirk Nesset
2007 winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, Nesset displays his mastery of the short story form in twelve richly lyrical stories about ordinary people. Reviewed by Karen Walcott


The Changing Face of Evil in Film and Television
Edited by Martin F. Norden
The face of evil fascinates us, yet these essays caution that this oscillation between desire and disgust is always coded in political and psychological terms, even as it dons a moral garb. Reviewed by Brian Bergen-Aurand

Scientists and Scoundrels: A Book of Hoaxes
Robert Silverberg
Originally published in 1965, Scientists and Scoundrels is a compendium of tales about scientific frauds from the early 18th to mid-20th centuries. Reviewed by Kristin Livdahl

Hugo Gernsback and the Century of Science Fiction
Gary Westfahl
Westfahl’s essays and articles honor the work of Hugo Gernsback, the writer who set into motion the modern science fiction phenomenon. Reviewed by Ryder W. Miller

Serpent of Light
Drunvalo Melchizedek
Beyond 2012
James Endredy
2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl
Daniel Pinchbeck
Are you ready for change? Three books on the Mayan end-of-world prophecy. Reviewed by Kelly Everding

Javatrekker: Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee
Dean Cycon
Cycon’s chronicles traverse ten countries in nine chapters, tracking the consequences of conventional coffee trade from well-organized cartels in the Kenyan Highlands to disjointed family plots in Papua New Guinea. Reviewed by Dakota Ryan

Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood, & Abortion
Edited by Karen E. Bender and Nina de Gramont
This volume of personal essays ambitiously tackles the subjects of pregnancy, abortion, childbirth, and motherhood from a variety of perspectives, exploring as many different life choices and their consequences as there are voices in the collection. Reviewed by Jessica Bennett

Sensational Modernism: Experimental Fiction and Photography in Thirties America
Joseph B. Entin
Entin explores the artistic means of Depression-era fiction and photography by which artists distanced themselves from the poverty-stricken people of the time. Reviewed by W. C. Bamberger

Sleeping with Bad Boys: A Juicy Tell-All of Literary New York in the 1950s and 1960s
Alice Denham
Denham’s memoir is a genuinely subversive book that questions how we make flawed celebrities into authorities that determine literary standards. Reviewed by Sharon Olinka


Miller Brittain: When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears
Tom Smart
& Bruno Bobak: The Full Palette
Edited by Bernard Riordon
Two books on relatively unknown 20th-century Canadian artists bring their important contributions to light. Reviewed by Alice Dodge

Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Berlin Alexanderplatz
Edited by Klaus Biesenbach
This photographic exploration of Fassbinder's sixteen-hour epic drama about a paroled murderer encapsulates Fassbinder’s work, telling the story of Germany between the wars as a country closing in on itself, serenading itself in the delusion of its own grandeur. Reviewed by Brian Bergen-Aurand


Harvey Pekar and Heather Roberson
The legendary Pekar helps tell the story of Roberson’s visit to the Balkan nation, a research trip for her peace-studies thesis in which she builds the case that war is not inevitable. Reviewed by David Kennedy-Logan

Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story
Frederik Peeters
Peeters's autobiographical graphic novel is a starkly honest diary of self-revelation that transcends clichés and cultures. Reviewed by Donald Lemke

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