Winter 2022-2023

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Documenting the Suburban Gothic: An Interview with Ryan Rivas
by Chrissy Kolaya

Author Ryan Rivas talks about his new book, Nextdoor in Colonialtown, the accidental “truth bombs” of his neighbors’ posts on Nextdoor, and what it means to illustrate the “slippery time” of our historical moment. 

History and Story: Madison Smartt Bell and Jane Delury in Conversation
Authors Madison Smartt Bell and Jane Delury discuss using language in historical fiction to transport characters through space, time, and identity—and the occasions language has done the same to them.

Poetry Reviews

The Lascaux Notebooks
Jean-Luc Champerret
Edited and translated by Philip Terry

The Lascaux Notebooks presents a window into the inner life of our Ice Age ancestors, transforming mysterious cave markings into poetic testimonials. Reviewed by John Bradley

Mary Ford Neal

For Mary Ford Neal, the self is composed of absence: distances within us, between us, and outside of us. In Relativism, it is also a space we walk through and become, not a possession. Reviewed by Nick Hilbourn

Wind, Trees
John Freeman

Wind, Trees has John Freeman’s characteristic quietness: an understated, restrained quality which lends itself particularly well to post-pandemic writing. Reviewed by Joanna Acevedo

All the Blood Involved in Love
Maya Marshall

Reading All the Blood Involved in Love is like looking through a kaleidoscope at a cross section of violence: the violence of motherhood, the violence of race, the violence of illness, and of course, the violence of love. Reviewed by Rachel Slotnick

Young Americans
Jackqueline Frost

Young Americans, Jackqueline Frost’s book-length project, is intense, intricate, lyrical, and lengthy, tracking the progress of a mind from young adult to not-so-young adult. Reviewed by Nadira Clare Wallace

Tangled Hologram
James Cushing

In his latest volume of poetry, James Cushing sees distress all around, but he offers his readers an alternative—not nihilism, but its sunnier cousin, anti-nihilism. Reviewed by Lee Rossi

Minor Secrets
Billie Chernicoff

Among their many virtues, Billie Chernicoff’s poems never let us forget the joys and fascinations of living in the physical world. Reviewed by Joe Safdie

Fiction Reviews

Eva Baltasar
Translated by Julia Sanches

Boulders have a way of making landscapes both formidable and absurd—and Eva Baltasar delves into this uneasy balance in Boulder, her idiosyncratic portrait of displacement. Reviewed by Abby Walthausen 

Vladimir Sorokin 
Translated by Max Lawton 

Telluria asks: What rough consciousness is emerging along our frontlines and glowing screens? How do we rescale our existence along these spaces in more human terms? Reviewed by Garin Cycholl

Cat Brushing
Jane Campbell

The stories in Jane Campbell's debut book Cat Brushing feed empathy, ask uneasy questions, and jilt the denial of mortality. Reviewed by J. Van

The Missing Lover
Summer Brenner
Collages by Lewis Warsh

In endearing and fast-paced prose, Summer Brenner's The Missing Lover refuses to let the concept of love settle into a single qualitative experience. Reviewed by Evan Burkin    

Matthew Cole Levine

Hollow, the new horror novel by Matthew Cole Levine, lives in the tenuous space between the safety of the hearth and the darkest parts of the Wisconsin woods, where the wind screams like a howl. Reviewed by Joseph Houlihan

Nonfiction Reviews

Transfixed by Prehistory: An Inquiry into Modern Art and Time
Maria Stavrinaki
Translated by Jane Marie Todd

This tome by art historian Maria Stavrinaki shows how the existence of prehistory drastically changes the science, the art, and even the concept of time in the modern world. Reviewed by W. C. Bamberger

Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life
Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman

Joining the burgeoning genre of collective philosophical biography, Metaphysical Animals puts its subjects at the center of a story about friendship while detailing contemporary philosophy’s renewed interest in metaphysics and morals. Reviewed by Scott Parker

Graphic Novel Reviews

Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths
Shigeru Mizuki
Translated by Jocelyne Allen

Long before Maus made comics serious business in the U.S., Shigeru Mizuki’s work, including Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, demonstrated the power and potential of the medium. Reviewed by Nicholas Burman