by Alli Carlisle

Texas: The Great Theft – Carmen Boullosa

It’s an interesting counterpart to a mainstream Anglo-Texan version of this history that erases the violence.

The Prince – R.M. Koster

It’s unclear at what point you start to feel the depth behind Koster’s acrobatic balance of elegant narration, disgusting violence and acerbic satire. It’s this subtlety that takes the book beyond caricature and into complexity.

The Polish Boxer – Eduardo Halfon

“As we write, we know that there is something very important to be said about reality, that we have this something within reach, just there, so close, on the tip of our tongue, and that we mustn’t forget it. But always, without fail, we do.”

Vlad – Carlos Fuentes

A brief, slashing incision deep into the fasciae of postmodern society.

Almost Never – Daniel Sada

Almost Never is like a comedy of manners cut with a pulpy erotic novel, a social satire impelled by a dripping lecherousness. Most of all, it’s a fantastic, exciting book.

Meet Alice Notley

It’s a difficult truth about being a member of a special-status group, a group that has to deal with its identity politics, that you have to make a decision about how to participate in a troubled and often troubling discourse.

Libraries: the future is underground

Meet the Mansueto Library, the University of “greedy-for-books” Chicago’s new window-dome reading room and underground book storage facility.

The Outlaw Album – Daniel Woodrell

These characters live in a liminal world between humanity and animality—it’s a world of random cruelty, unresolvable loss and loneliness, poetic revenge and equally poetic semi-articulacy.

Occupy Something!

People haven’t gotten that far protesting individual issues, because in this sea of laws we live in, there are five to replace the one you get overturned, and the very thing being protested is the totality of the system of economic oppression.