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The 10 Best Forthcoming Books of 2019

The year’s best forthcoming books, as selected by the editors of Full Stop.

The Full Stop Reviews Supplement #4

[These pieces] demonstrate what book critics can learn from acts of creative reading, finding in them an image of criticism as creative practice.

That’s How It Starts

The visa, like the song, will end, and I’ll be swept back into regular-time.

On Dispersal

Shall we take dust as the founding metaphor by which to broach the unruly topic of the essay?

James M. Chesbro

“The daydream emerged as such an unbidden gift.”

From “The Inelegant Translation”

My voice doesn’t sound like my voice to him.

Toward a Theology of Noses

Whereas the medievals associated the “combined object of scent” with the capacity for rational discernment—which implies a kind of restraint—Tony Kushner links it to a sense of excess via sexuality.

The Reality Industrial Complex

Novels should have killed poetry. Television should have killed radio. Digital should have killed paper.

Other Atheisms

Is it possible that the usual (understandable) insistence that atheism is simply a product of experience or reason in some “pure” sense has led to a neglect of the shape of atheism as a tradition?

Rabbis and Theorists

Theory and chakirah-driven Talmud study are both methods of abstraction that, dissatisfied with the singular event, seek to uncover the more fundamental actors and structures at play.