Review

Midnight in the Century – Victor Serge

Whether or not the arc of the universe bends towards justice, it might be better if we could hold onto the idea that it might. If we try to bend it that way, maybe it could.

The First Bad Man – Miranda July

Combat is intimate. Living is intimate. The space between my socks and the front of my boots is intimate.

Texas: The Great Theft – Carmen Boullosa

It’s an interesting counterpart to a mainstream Anglo-Texan version of this history that erases the violence.

The University of Pennsylvania – Caren Beilin

Suffused with the unwieldy body historically associated with femininity, Beilin’s work is evasive, unruly, nonsensical.

I’m Very Into You – Kathy Acker & McKenzie Wark

What changed with the availability of email is not so much the effect of time as that of space on communication.

Satin Island – Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy’s fiction quite palpably poses a challenge to entrenched reading habits and subverts conventional literary practice.

The Tusk That Did the Damage – Tania James

The elephant carries what would otherwise be a thoughtful narrative of an American twenty-something.

Find Me – Laura van den Berg

Unlike other stories about the apocalypse, this book is tender.

Kitten Clone – Douglas Coupland

By eschewing a standard business profile, the book acts as a site of conflict and translation between a waning medium — print — and an ascending one — the internet.

The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing – Nicholas Rombes

When we are increasingly concerned about documentary technologies’ capacity for truth, it makes sense that the stories we tell might be concerned with the horror of too much truth, or of truth stripped bare.