Reviews

A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past – Lewis Hyde

Pledging allegiance to memory makes you feel part of something bigger; that’s the lie, at least.

Buddhism for Western Children – Kirstin Allio

There’s something odd, on the face of it, about a novel sending its protagonist into a therapist’s office.

The Skin is the Elastic Covering that Encases the Entire Body – Bjørn Rasmussen

Rasmussen has managed to stretch the soul in the way a butcher might stretch flesh, asking us to consider the roots of our desires and the depths of our longings.

O! The Scarcity of Gore – Evan Isoline

O! THE SCARCITY OF GORE is cinematic because it acts as if it is already a film. Language is repurposed for new solutions.

The Book of Collateral Damage – Sinan Antoon

Paper is flammable, after all, and to count the dead would take a lifetime.

Savage Conversations – LeAnne Howe

What kind of satisfaction comes with the action of inflicting hurt or harm on someone for a wrong suffered at their hands, and what kind of pleasure comes with receiving such vengeance? Who has the need, the right, the duty, the perversity?

Star – Yukio Mishima

This complex, psychological portrait of celebrity is a propulsive, enduring narrative that eerily predicts our contemporary digital tensions of the self.

Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage – Bette Howland

Of course this is a criminal state of affairs — we’ve forgotten a genius.

The Nocilla Trilogy – Agustín Fernández Mallo

Its formal innovation and experimentation mark THE NOCILLA TRILOGY as stepping into a globalized and networked world

Tentacle – Rita Indiana

In TENTACLE, the manipulation of science fiction tropes is not a gimmick or trick, but a way to illustrate how impossibly intertwined the many forces are that have shaped the history of the Dominican Republic

The Naked Woman – Armonía Somers

THE NAKED WOMAN continues to speak to us nowadays as fiercely and urgently as seventy years ago: more than ever, women’s bodies are the place of political battles that seek to change the way we understand desire, consent, and autonomy.

Minor Monuments – Ian Maleney

Recording for Maleney is the fold in time that bends toward the unrecoverable past.

The Skin is the Elastic Covering that Encases the Entire Body – Bjørn Rasmussen

Rasmussen has managed to stretch the soul in the way a butcher might stretch flesh, asking us to consider the roots of our desires and the depths of our longings.

The Book of Collateral Damage – Sinan Antoon

Paper is flammable, after all, and to count the dead would take a lifetime.