Reviews

The Luminol Reels – Laura Ellen Joyce

You can afford to read The Luminol Reels, which runs a slender ninety-seven pages, multiple times. Plan on doing so.

We Are the Birds of the Coming Storm – Lola Lafon

Lafon’s is a novel that asks, in certain ways, not to be reviewed.

Paper Lantern & Ecstatic Cahoots – Stuart Dybek

For all the stories about love and broken hearts that exist, Dybek does more than add his Chicagoan twist.

Wolf in White Van – John Darnielle

It is about life being hard, getting much worse, and then living with the practically unthinkable. Wolf in White Van is a tragedy.

Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky – David Connerley Nahm

As dazzling and unsettling as a lone firework suddenly bursting — then just as quickly vanishing — on an otherwise dark, quiet night.

Sweetness #9 – Stephen Eirik Clark

The intentions of a Rembrandt and the team that created Sweet Maui Potato Chips can never be that far apart, it seems.

An Instrument for Leaving – Monika Zobel

On the page, Zobel’s memories become psychedelic portraiture.

The Temporary Gentleman – Sebastian Barry

Against what the balladeers would tell us, nationalism has never been an all-in sentiment among the Irish.

Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore – Walter Mosley

The cathartic rutting that spices Mosley’s crime series is abandoned here for the everyday mechanics of industrialized desire.

Signs and Machines – Maurizio Lazzarato

Tracking down texts that gracefully bridge theory and praxis can be a thankless quest. Yet every so often we stumble upon a remarkable book which somehow manages to toe the line between the two.

Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky – David Connerley Nahm

As dazzling and unsettling as a lone firework suddenly bursting — then just as quickly vanishing — on an otherwise dark, quiet night.

The Shimmering Go-Between – Lee Klein

To privilege surprise and suspense seems to reject the value of the possibility of critical distance, to render sacred the immersive entertainment value of story and perhaps most significantly to devalue the potential of re-reading.

We Are the Birds of the Coming Storm – Lola Lafon

Lafon’s is a novel that asks, in certain ways, not to be reviewed.

Signs and Machines – Maurizio Lazzarato

Tracking down texts that gracefully bridge theory and praxis can be a thankless quest. Yet every so often we stumble upon a remarkable book which somehow manages to toe the line between the two.