Review

Restless Continent – Aja Couchois Duncan

The speaker, a person split between Ojibwe and European lineages, is uninterested in narratives that paint the colonization of the North American continent as a sentimental tale of innocence lost and civilization found. How would the earth remember?

Inherited Disorders – Adam Ehrlich Sachs

An inheritance, then, is just another way by which fathers and sons disappoint and misunderstand each other.

The Young Bride – Alessandro Baricco

This novel is a captivating, fable-like story about a family that lives each day the same as the last in order to suspend the passage of time. It is a quirky, beautiful, and warmly humorous reflection on how the fear of our own mortality affects the way that we live our lives.

Three New Story Collections, Five Ways

Mainly I want you to finish the review thinking things like, Hm, maybe I should read that book, or Maybe I won’t read it, but at least I have a clear sense of it! (And, most important of all, Wow, that guy knows a lot about the New York Mets!)

Mischling – Affinity Konar

What really saves MISCHLING is Konar’s astonishing lyricism. Against Adorno’s statement, here there is poetry in everything.

Describing the Past – Ghassan Zaqtan

And I do not mean to elide that these stories are Palestinian, as is the loss they both recall and presage.

Aloha / irish trees – Eileen Myles

A record of attempts at articulation.

I Hate the Internet – Jarett Kobek

This book, a paperback novel published by a small press that features several typos, sits outside this circuit of communication, but at what cost?

Vertigo – Joanna Walsh

Beautiful, precise and insightful, Walsh’s autofictions muse on life’s imperfection while insisting on liberation through the defiant and naked voicing of the truth of the self pinned at a point in time.

The Service Porch – Fred Moten

Moten’s poetry crafts a situation in which the melody stays hidden. He never plays the head of the composition, even if he alludes to the conceptual sphere of the movement.