Into the Go-Slow – Bridgett M. Davis
Into the Go-Slow highlights the difficulty of understanding the world’s many contrasts and contradictions.
Consumed – David Cronenberg
Consumed’s treatment of exotic and unusual STDs, the line between mental illness and unpleasant insight, uneasy sex, and gore is assured and well executed.
The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell
What I had thought was going to be a fairly standard teenage narrative was obviously going somewhere else entirely.
Mr. Gwyn – Alessandro Baricco
The result of Baricco’s game of omission could be seen either as an overweight but undefined metaphor, or an eerie suggestion of the ineffable power of words.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki – Haruki Murakami
The real beauty of the books, Colorless Tsukuru and all the rest, comes from the intimate relationship Murakami has with his readers.
The Future for Curious People – Gregory Sherl
Let’s just say that if this book were turned into a sitcom or a summer blockbuster, it would star Zooey Deschanel and Paul Rudd.
10:04 – Ben Lerner
Why do we tell stories, and does reality change just a little when they aren’t true?
Guantanamo – Frank Smith
In a sea of linguistic uncertainty, the locus of meaning, that original word, is more often than not established solely through force.
Fourteen Stories, None of Them Are Yours – Luke B. Goebel
Short sentences are followed by half-page, single-sentence paragraphs that read like David Foster Wallace channeling Hunter S. Thompson.
Writers – Antoine Volodine
Volodine’s writers, as it turns out, write because they must kill.
Books in Translation