Reviews

The Diaries of Waguih Ghali

He drinks, he gambles, he obsesses over his emotions, and he sleeps. Occasionally he writes.

Annihilation Songs – Jason DeBoer

The syntax of struggle does not prevail.

Imagine Wanting Only This – Kristen Radtke

Part of what had excited me was something that doesn’t usually make for compelling criticism, that is, I had found IMAGINE WANTING ONLY THIS to be relatable.

Not One Day – Anne Garréta

If one must confess, they should do so intelligently. They must interrogate their own confession.

Such Small Hands – Andrés Barba

SUCH SMALL HANDS is a slender book that falls into that other category: a tidily executed project, one with tremendous tonal intimacy and rhythmic language.

Lucky You – Erika Carter

Carter succeeds in creating a lush but airless environment in which the anxieties of “adulting” — finding direction, meaning, maintaining a home — are amplified to crippling effect.

The Necro-Luminescence of Pink Mist – Ed Steck

Escher-like decompositions of selves, objects, bodies, places, and moments congeal baroquely, but there is nothing speculative or futuristic to this world. In fact, the world of PINK MIST feels chillingly contemporary.

Black Wave – Michelle Tea

Tea’s writing is queer in that it questions everything.

Eve Out of Her Ruins – Ananda Devi

I looked up from the fever dream of this Troumaron world to recognize myself in Kuala Lumpur, feeling like something is being sucked out of me.

House Mother Normal – B.S. Johnson

I am constantly conflicted with Johnson. Is he a successful experimental author because of or in spite of his formidable ability to spin a yarn?

Imagine Wanting Only This – Kristen Radtke

Part of what had excited me was something that doesn’t usually make for compelling criticism, that is, I had found IMAGINE WANTING ONLY THIS to be relatable.

Lucky You – Erika Carter

Carter succeeds in creating a lush but airless environment in which the anxieties of “adulting” — finding direction, meaning, maintaining a home — are amplified to crippling effect.

The Diaries of Waguih Ghali

He drinks, he gambles, he obsesses over his emotions, and he sleeps. Occasionally he writes.

Not One Day – Anne Garréta

If one must confess, they should do so intelligently. They must interrogate their own confession.