Reviews

Comemadre – Roque Larraquy

The throbbing pulse of the book, which ties together its many disparate and overlapping narratives, is a confrontation with the ways that self-realization can also lead to violence and the objectification of others.

M Archive: After the End of the World – Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Emitting Afrofuturism and centering black female imagination, M ARCHIVE embodies critical future writing now.

The Years, Months, Days – Yan Lianke

It is the confusion that comes with the real-life impact of intangible things that causes the most destruction.

Bone Confetti – Muriel Leung

So much poetry from writers of color is rooted in an immediate sense of identity and place; Leung is beyond that.

How to Write An Autobiographical Novel – Alexander Chee

Chee’s turns of phrase feel slightly awkward; a bit unfinished, while at the same time, complete and satisfying in a way that defies grammar.

Anaïs Nin: An Unprofessional Study

Ali fulfills the promise of performative embodied criticism best in co-creative sections with notes for art installations, a choreography, a symphony, or a film; that is, when he himself manages to reimagine the textual self and the world, as Nin’s deep preoccupation with the memory of the body allows us to do.

Sick: A Memoir – Porochista Khakpour

The public-facing myth of the good sick girl is a myth that Khakpour is intent on breaking throughout her memoir, and her crystal clear intent, the nuance, is successful.

Belly Up – Rita Bullwinkel

It’s arguable that BELLY UP simply presents an allegorical South: maybe all the more evidently brittle and compromised, with an extra little shine of strangeness.

Lion Cross Point – Masatsugu Ono

The structure of his sentences is direct, but meaning is slant.

Rubik – Elizabeth Tan

RUBIK is not the first to say that it is not the first to say what it is not the first to say; and yet, it nonetheless makes new.