by Emily Alex

Spain – Caren Beilin

Rather than some romantic communion of artist, art, and place, this memoir is a record of all the noise that overwhelms the blank-page silence, in which we find artist, art, and place at odds.

Trash Mountain – Bradley Bazzle

Having an enemy — that is, something towards which to direct his anger — is, in this way, Ben’s saving grace.

Rubik – Elizabeth Tan

RUBIK is not the first to say that it is not the first to say what it is not the first to say; and yet, it nonetheless makes new.

The Veneration of Monsters – Suzanne Burns

In THE VENERATION OF MONSTERS, the monsters emerge from the least-likely candidates: the cat lady, the suburban housewife, the librarian, the vacationing married couple. In other words, this is Burns exploring a more everyday strange.