Reviews

Beyond Aesthetics – Wole Soyinka

Soyinka rails against the iconoclastic destruction of traditional African art and the careless treatment of its conventions.

Welcome to Hell World – Luke O’Neil

The take away from every essay is not merely that life is terrible, but that powerful people choose to make it so for their own ends.

Cleanness – Garth Greenwell

CLEANNESS, at its core, is an examination of the sticky and inextricable pairing of masculinity and violence.

The Grave on the Wall – Brandon Shimoda

THE GRAVE ON THE WALL performs a memorial in linked essays to the author’s grandfather Midori Shimoda while scraping away at the grounds for such a memorial, for any memorial.

Kansastan – Farooq Ahmed

Kansastan, a hilarious novel, is perhaps even more surreal than Governor Brownback’s political credulity.

The Dirty Text – Soleida Ríos

Ríos develops the dream as a genre to itself — a real fiction, a fictional real.

Space Invaders – Nona Fernández

Fernández does something vitally important here, something rare in American narratives of collective protest: she does not equate uncertainty with foolishness.

A Field on Fire – ed. Mark D. Hersey and Ted Steinberg

Academic modes of production are shockingly ill-suited to a crisis, and certainly ill-suited to a crisis of this scale.

I Used to Be Charming – Eve Babitz

Babitz has not lost her caustic, self-deprecating, and observational humor. But does it still work? Or, rather, is it what we need?

I Can’t Talk about the Trees without the Blood – Tiana Clark

Figurative language reaches towards the physical embodiment of feeling, animating words on the page.

I Can’t Talk about the Trees without the Blood – Tiana Clark

Figurative language reaches towards the physical embodiment of feeling, animating words on the page.

Socialist Realism – Trisha Low

Maybe this is, more than anything else, about a series of starting points. We have not started fighting yet.

The Dirty Text – Soleida Ríos

Ríos develops the dream as a genre to itself — a real fiction, a fictional real.

Space Invaders – Nona Fernández

Fernández does something vitally important here, something rare in American narratives of collective protest: she does not equate uncertainty with foolishness.