Reviews

Wrong: A Critical Biography of Dennis Cooper – Diarmuid Hester

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It was something like 2016 and I was sitting at the big La Colombe in Fishtown, in Philadelphia, reading Dennis Cooper’s THE SLUTS when I realized I was going to pass out.

Alice Knott – Blake Butler

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Butler’s now habitual formal and stylistic maneuvers are beginning to seem more apparent.

Chronology – Zahra Patterson

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CHRONOLOGY is a polyvocal text, a poetics of archive. The act of reading feels akin to debriefing with a friend. The impulse to help pull it together collectively.

Off Limits: New Writings on Fear and Sin – Nawal El Saadawi

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In every one of the essays in Off Limits, El Saadawi calls for an ethic characterized by relating across difference that, far from reproducing discriminatory violence, might attend to difference as a catalyst of freedom.

Native Tongue Trilogy – Suzette Haden Elgin

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A forgotten classic of feminist dystopian fiction, the NATIVE TONGUE trilogy is a brilliant illustration of how writers might use genre to grapple with the problems of patriarchy.

The Last Taxi Driver – Lee Durkee

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The world’s cabbies and their chroniclers know but two time periods, BTD and ATD.

Little Eyes – Samanta Schweblin

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In the cyborg fable, it’s not just the perpetrator who suffers at the end.

The City of Good Death – Priyanka Champaneri

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The modern novel feeds almost entirely on free will — a compelling demonstration of the full and rebellious exercise of which, if we are to agree with (among others) Camus, is what separates the literary novel from myth, legend, parable, and genre writing.

Exposition / The White Dress – Nathalie Léger

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Nathalie Leger’s triptych is a balletic interpretation over the line between fiction and criticism.

Fantasy – Kim-Anh Schreiber

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FANTASY reminds the reader that as we look at the often broken and crooked stories of ourselves, we can’t forget that history keeps circumscribing us, even as its content eludes us.

Chronology – Zahra Patterson

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CHRONOLOGY is a polyvocal text, a poetics of archive. The act of reading feels akin to debriefing with a friend. The impulse to help pull it together collectively.

My Autobiography of Carson McCullers – Jenn Shapland

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MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY cracks the normative bounds of literary scholarship and shows us what kind of knowledge production is possible when the researcher drops the veneer of “scholarly objectivity” and makes herself fully present in the research process.

Chronology – Zahra Patterson

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CHRONOLOGY is a polyvocal text, a poetics of archive. The act of reading feels akin to debriefing with a friend. The impulse to help pull it together collectively.

Little Eyes – Samanta Schweblin

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In the cyborg fable, it’s not just the perpetrator who suffers at the end.