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SUMMER 2009

John Reed, Nathaniel Tarn, and many more...

INTERVIEWS

The Seven Beauties and Science Fiction: An Interview with Critic Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr.
Interviewed by Matthew Cheney
Professor Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. is one of the most thoughtful and subtle academic critics of science fiction. 

Poet and Polemicist: An Interview with Jerome Rothenberg
by Sarah Suzor
Review of Poetics & Polemics and Poems for the Millennium Volume Three
by Harry Polkinhorn
Rothenberg discusses his journey from mimeograph to Internet, from 16 pages to 1600.

Skin and Ink: An Interview with Catherynne M. Valente
Interviewed by William Alexander
Poet-turned-fantasy-novelist inks an erotic story about Palimpsest, a city that knows what you’ve been doing.

Turning on Shakespeare: An Interview with John Reed
Interviewed by Finn Harvor
John Reed is a novelist whose work moves across genres and achieves artistic seriousness and play at the same time. 

FEATURES

Enid Dame’s Householdry
Essay by Burt Kimmelman
The poetry of Enid Dame (1943-2003) has long been prized among feminists and those involved in Jewish cultural studies. Here’s why.

On The Road Regained
Essay by C. Natale Peditto
Jack Kerouac’s 120-foot typescript scroll of On the Road travels the world these days, much the object of adoration, as if it were a relic of the true cross—if not the cross itself.

Or to Begin Again
Ann Lauterbach
Ann Lauterbach’s latest collection ravishes in the geometrical, in geometry’s attempt to make sense of time. Reviewed by Michael D. Snediker

Second Violins
Edited by Marco Sonzogni
On the occasion of the 120th anniversary of Mansfield’s birth, Sonzogni invited seventeen leading New Zealand authors to produce new stories riffing off the beginning paragraphs of Mansfield’s short story fragments. Reviewed by Linda Lappin

REVIEWS: FICTION

Asta in the Wings
Jan Elizabeth Watson
This debut novel relates the remarkably imaginative and heartbreaking story of a seven-year-old girl. Reviewed by Jaspar Lepak

Walk the Blue Fields
Claire Keegan
A pervasive melancholy rips through the hearts and minds of the characters in this Irish author’s new collection of stories. Reviewed by Salvatore Ruggiero

The Reason for Crows: A Story of Kateri Tekawitha
Diane Glancy
Glancy seeks to flesh out the complicated relationship between the European colonizers and the native peoples of North America in her latest work of historical fiction. Reviewed by Emy Farley

My Life at First Try
Mark Budman
This semi-autobiographical work of fiction straddles the space between the short-story cycle and the novel, with its essential unities of character and plot. Reviewed by Bob Sommer

Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters
John Langan
Before you sit down to read this intense collection of horror stories, lock your doors, check under the bed, and take a deep breath. Reviewed by Charlie Broderick

He Flies through the Air with the Greatest of Ease: A William Saroyan Reader
Edited by William E. Justice
For Saroyan, art was an escape from death, and this new Reader may once again grant him another spate of immortality. Reviewed by Ryder W. Miller

We Agreed to Meet Just Here
Scott Blackwood
Winner of the 2007 AWP Award Series in the Novel, Scott Blackwood’s first novel tells the story of a small Texas town and the mystery of the lives that intersect there. Reviewed by Jaspar Lepak

Me and Kaminski
Daniel Kehlmann
An art journalist must tag along with a has-been artist, Kaminski, hoping to ride his fading coattails to his own modicum of success. Reviewed by Eric Iannelli

REVIEWS: NONFICTION

Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays
Eula Biss
Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, Biss’s essays explore and confront all the no man’s lands in our country. Reviewed by Scott F. Parker

Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo
Werner Herzog
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the story of making the film Fitzcarraldo is as insane as its plot. Reviewed by Scott Bryan Wilson

Ancient Shore: Dispatches from Naples
Shirley Hazzard and Francis Steegmuller
In her beautifully written apologia for Naples, Hazzard differentiates between merely traveling to another country and a stay of pilgrimage. Reviewed by Douglas Messerli

Jan Kerouac: A Life in Memory
Edited by Gerald Nicosia
An assemblage of first-person narratives remembering the only daughter of Jack Kerouac. Reviewed by Mark Spitzer

The Yambo Ouologuem Reader: The Duty of Violence, A Black Ghostwriter's Letter to France, and The Thousand and One Bibles of Sex
Translated and edited by Christopher Wise
This Reader collects new translations of three of Ouologuem’s most controversial works, taking on the complicated myths and realities of African history. Reviewed by Spencer Dew

Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate
Terry Eagleton
A renowned literary theorist is tired of atheists rejecting Christianity as a whole rather than approaching it systematically. Reviewed by Emy Farley

The Customer Is Always Wrong: The Retail Chronicles
Edited by Jeff Martin
Jeff Martin collects twenty-one retail worker perspectives that come down unnecessarily hard on consumers strolling in to conduct capitalist business-as-usual. Reviewed by Sarah Salter

On Moving: A Writer's Meditation on New Houses, Old Haunts, and Finding Home Again
Louise DeSalvo
Through a close examination of an impressive array of writers and thinkers, DeSalvo explores the “emotional and physical consequences” of the human experience of relocation. Reviewed by Suzann Clemens

REVIEWS: POETRY

Prairie Style
C. S. Giscombe
The final book in a four-part series, Prairie Style continues Giscombe’s nomadic exploration into place. Reviewed by Paula Koneazny

Language For a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
Edited by Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal, and Ravi Shankar
Six years in the making, this expansive and impressive anthology brings together over four hundred poets from over sixty countries writing in over forty different languages—all translated into English. Reviewed by Craig Santos Perez

Coeur de Lion
Ariana Reines
Summarizing Coeur de Lion wouldn’t do this thoughtful book justice—it might sound too much like a soap opera for the hip intelligentsia. Reviewed by Megan Pugh

Mainline to the Heart and Other Poems
Clive Matson
Originally published in 1966, these poems illustrate the power of the imaginative terrain opened by the original Beats in the mid-1950s. Reviewed by Tim Hunt

Memory Glyphs: 3 Prose Poets from Romania
Radu Andriescu, Iustin Panta and Cristian Popescu
A wildly roving narrative sensibility and the ability to render surreal images with poignancy and humor is a shared distinction in the work of these three contemporary Romanian prose poets. Reviewed by Stephan Delbos

Poetry State Forest
Bernadette Mayer
Like rutted footpaths, the poems coiling through Mayer’s newest collection steer readers into the scrubby undergrowth. Reviewed by Todd Pederson

Ohio Violence
Alison Stine
The world of Ohio Violence is rife with grief, bewilderment, and longing, but there’s no lack of the immediate experience of living life in a physical body. Reviewed by Erin M. Bertram

Ins and Outs of the Forest Rivers
Nathaniel Tarn
In these rhythmic and stirring poems, Tarn continues to explore nature and the ramifications of human neglect and destruction. Reviewed by John Herbert Cunningham

REVIEWS: DRAMA

An Oresteia
Anne Carson
Although the first sentence of the book is “Not my idea to do this,” Carson presents unique translations of three Greek tragedies. Reviewed by W. C. Bamberger

REVIEWS: GRAPHIC NOVELS

Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!: Volume 1
Scott Morse
Replacing himself with an adorable cartoon tiger in his autobiographical graphic novel Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!, author/artist Scott Morse attempts to reconcile the responsibilities of adulthood with his own vivid and often distracting imagination. Reviewed by Adam Hall

Baloney: A Tale in 3 Symphonic Acts
Pascal Blanchet
A tragic fable by a Quebecois cartoonist, Baloney reimagines the limitations of sequential art and creates a distinctive, media-bending experience. Reviewed by Donald Lemke

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SPRING 2009

Michael Rumaker, John Porcellino, Emma Bee Bernstein, and many more...

INTERVIEWS

Memory Unearthed: An Interview with Michael Rumaker
Interviewed by Leverett T. Smith, Jr.
In all his work, Rumaker demonstrates a keen ear for mellifluous language and an affinity for narrative clarity, yet at the same time he seeks to excavate what lies beneath the surface.

The Illustrated Thoreau: An Interview with John Porcellino
Interviewed by Nate Pritts
The link between Thoreau and Porcellino is found in the creative work they produce—work that is decidedly American while endeavoring to reshape what the term “American” means.

Burning Behind the Unnamable: An Interview with David F. Hoenigman
Interviewed by David Moscovich
David F. Hoenigman's Burn Your Belongings eschews a standard format, but the form which remains begs the reader to blur the eyes, step back, and view the work visually, skipping lines as the eye would cast over an atomic mosaic.

FEATURES

Belladonna Elders Series #4: Tribute to Emma Bee Bernstein
Essay by Ellen Kennedy Michel
A new book collects writings and remembrances of this spirited and fiercely intelligent young woman.

The Woodman in the Gossamer: Mere Anarchy and the Literary Humor of Woody Allen
Essay by Louis Phillips
Allen’s new collection of essays, Mere Anarchy, rivals the work of greats Twain, Thurber, and Perelman.

(Was) Widely Unavailable: Awful Disclosures of the Hotel Dieu Nunnery of Montreal
Essay by Spencer Dew
First published in 1836, Monk’s sensational memoir about the lascivious goings-on in a Canadian nunnery reveals the enduring public appetite for an arousing true story.

Noteworthy Reprint: Wait for Me at the Bottom of the Pool: The Writings of Jack Smith
Essay by Spencer Dew
This collection of essays by experimental filmmaker Smith show that the wonder and gorgeousness of art, as he saw it, was in making glory out of junk.

From the Backlist: The Dollmaker’s Ghost
Essay by Michele Battiste
Levis confronts the mother of all fears, death, in this deeply personal, classic collection of poems.

REVIEWS: FICTION

Khirbet Khizeh
S. Yizhar
Named for the small village where it is set, Khirbet Khizeh is a stirring homage to the land of Israel and a damning reflection of the birth of that nation. Reviewed by Jeff Waxman

To Siberia
Per Petterson
To Siberia depicts a woman trying to find a place in the world, a place that even at sixty years of age she is unable to ascertain as she looks back on her life. Reviewed by Salvatore Ruggiero

The Way Through Doors
Jesse Ball
Composed of discrete small stories suspended within the whole like seltzery bubbles, The Way Through Doors is a Sheherazade-like tale in which the storyteller must weave tales in order to keep the listener alive. Reviewed by Micaela Morrissette

Divertimenti and Variations
Heimito von Doderer
A collection of “apprentice pieces” from the acclaimed Austrian novelist explores the precariousness of existence. Reviewed by Aaron Kunin

The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
Rainer Maria Rilke
In Burton Pike’s refreshing new translation, the reader encounters an emergent Rilkean persona in full flowering. Reviewed by Tim Keane

Vilnius Poker
Ricardas Gavelis
Gavelis, considered Lithuania’s greatest novelist, captures the psychology of a protagonist tortured by his history and unable to explain his present-day life. Reviewed by Alex Starace

Tokyo Fiancée
Amélie Nothomb
Nothomb writes about a younger version of herself, staunchly defending her independence against the onslaught of romance. Reviewed by Ryan Michael Williams

The Lemoine Affair
Marcel Proust
This novella by Proust remarks not so much on the renowned 1908 diamond scandal as it does on the foibles of human nature. Reviewed by Alyssa Pelish

Voices from the North: New Writing from Norway
Edited by Vigdis Ofte & Steinar Sivertsen
This anthology interjects itself between the geographies of somewhere and nowhere as authors traverse their Stavangerian roots. Reviewed by Poul Houe

REVIEWS: NONFICTION

Hurry Down Sunshine: A Father's Story of Love and Madness
Michael Greenberg
Greenberg sieves the events surrounding his daughter’s “crack-up” to distill an eloquent disquisition on the fragility of daily living. Reviewed by Jacob Appel

The Soul and Barbed Wire: An Introduction to Solzhenitsyn
Edward E. Ericson, Jr. and Alexis Klimoff
The authors of this introduction offer readers unfamiliar with the work of Solzhenitsyn an intriguing look at his literary achievements. Reviewed by Jeff Bursey

Gilles Deleuze: Cinema and Philosophy
Paola Marrati
Marrati’s beautifully written and expertly translated book brings much needed clarity to Deleuze’s two monumental works on cinema. Reviewed by Joe Hughes

Motoring: The Highway Experience in America
John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle
The promise of the road and its reality are very different, as Jakle and Sculle demonstrate in this well-researched book. Reviewed Joni Tevis

Antoine’s Alphabet: Watteau and His World
Jed Perl
Perl employs an alphabetical structure to show the pleasure he takes in Antoine Watteau’s art of “silken surfaces and fleeting emotions.” Reviewed by W. C. Bamberger

Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel
Edmund White
White provides a readable and absorbing critical biography of the masterful poet and inventor of the prose poem. Reviewed by Burke Bindbeutel

On Criticism (Thinking in Action)
Noel Carroll
Carroll’s work reclaims the importance of the critic as qualified determiner of artistic intent in this uneven but ultimately rewarding work. Reviewed by Nigel Beale

Punctuation: Art, Politics, and Play
Jennifer DeVere Brody
Brody’s book performs at every turn a subversive politics that celebrates the margins as places where the real deal goes down. Reviewed by Gregory Kirk Murray

Disorientations: Art on the Margins of the Contemporary
Travis Jeppesen
Disorientations collects Jeppesen’s art criticism, reviews of exhibitions, interviews with expatriate artists, and reports from the sets of film shootings. Reviewed by John Holten

REVIEWS: POETRY

Homage to the Last Avant-Garde
Kent Johnson
This collection represents a framing of Johnson’s total work, where his political poems, translations, and satirical sorties on the American poetic community can be seen within a coherent conceptual framework. Reviewed by Murat Nemet-Nejat

Dear Darkness
Kevin Young
Young’s poetry rages against racism, not allowing the jibes and taunts of school children to be forgiven or forgotten, nor anyone to hide beneath the veneer of ignorance. Reviewed by John Herbert Cunningham

The O Mission Repo (Vol. 1)
Travis Macdonald
Letters from Abu Ghraib
Joshua Casteel
These unconventional books defamiliarize the newspeak that has flattened our readings of 9/11 and the abuses at Abu Ghraib, bringing us into a new interpretive relationship with the recent history of the United States. Reviewed by Elizabeth Robinson

Dropping the Bow: Poems of Ancient India
Translated by Andrew Schelling
Schelling’s immersion in Indian life helped to craft these fine translations from another part of the world and a long-gone era in history. Reviewed by Robert Milo Baldwin

Signal from Draco: New and Selected Poems
Mebane Robertson
The reckless abandon that characterizes Robertson’s best poems reveal him to be proficient in what Robert Bly called “the leap from the conscious to the unconscious and back again.” Reviewed by Christopher Kondrich

Alpha Zulu
Gary Copeland Lilley
Lilley’s poems delve into the heart of the American city in this arresting collection. Reviewed by John Jacob

True Thoughts
Pam Brown
The role of daily life and the poet’s response to everyday movements are traced from poem to poem in this new collection. Reviewed by Gregory Bem

REVIEWS: ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Pitch Blackness
Hank Willis Thomas
Thomas’s work reveals a complex visual threnody of grief and consternation after a family tragedy. Reviewed by George Slade

I don’t get it
Luc Tuymans
While Luc Tuymans has been one of the most celebrated European painters of the past twenty years, it is easy to understand why many might wonder why. Reviewed by Alice Dodge

Issues in Curating Contemporary Art and Performance
Edited by Judith Rugg and Michele Sedgwick
Gathered from a 2004 symposia on curating as a form of critical intervention into culture, this collection of essays by twelve British curators achieves a cumulative definition of the curatorial role. Reviewed by Patricia Healy McMeans

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WINTER 2008/2009

Kevin Killian, Anne Fadiman, and many more...

INTERVIEWS

Reviving Jack Spicer: An Interview with Kevin Killian
Interviewed by Joseph Bradshaw
In an age when most writers apply their abilities toward highly specific ends, Kevin Killian stands as an alternative model for the wordsmith: relentlessly exploratory, unbound by generic proscriptions, and unsettlingly inclusive.

When in Rome: An Interview with John Domini
Interviewed by Emanuele Pettener
Over the last half a decade or so, John Domini has been working primarily on a sequence of novels set in Naples after the next earthquake; these seem poised to bring him a far wider level of recognition.

Reading ’til 3:00 am: An Interview with Anne Fadiman
Interviewed by Kevin Smokler
The work of Anne Fadiman is one of the best rebukes in contemporary letters to the moldy myth that a subject’s size is the best measure of its importance.

Language as Migration: An Interview with Mark McMorris
Interviewed by Grant Jenkins
Mark McMorris discusses his next volume of poetry, Entrepôt.

FEATURES

Chapbook Corner Round-up 2008
Reviewed, of course, by Noah Eli Gordon
This year-end edition of Chapbook Corner was so bursting at the seams that we couldn’t fit it in print.

The August Wilson Century Cycle
Reviewed by Justin Maxwell
And the winner is...

The Fire Next Time
Reviewed by Alex Starace
In the afterglow of Barack Obama’s historic victory, it may be instructive to look back on James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, which collects two early 1960s works evaluating race relations in Harlem at the dawn of the civil rights movement.

The Fight: Considering David Foster Wallace Considering You
Reviewed by Tim Jacobs
An overview of the underlying ethos in the late, great writer’s work.

Sister Corita Kent
Reviewed by Greg Bachar
Two books and documentaries bring to life the visionary artist from the Sixties.

REVIEWS: FICTION

Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook
Charles Bukowski
For Bukowski lovers, this posthumous collection will provide a nice fix of signature elements: sex, booze, gambling, and domestic violence. Reviewed by Christopher Luna

A Partisan’s Daughter
Louis de Bernières
This solid follow-up to Corelli’s Mandolin once again shows off his penchant for black comedy, with a few sunny spots thrown in. Reviewed by John K. Cox

Something To Tell You
Hanif Kureishi
Kureishi tells the tale of a successful middle-aged psychotherapist living and working in London with mixed results. Reviewed by Charlotte Kelly

Katherine’s Wish
Linda Lappin
In this reimagining of Katherine Mansfield’s life, Lappin has built on textual evidence from journals, letters, and diary entries in order to adhere to “an overall sense of truth” which she renders as her own mosaic. Reviewed by Joyce J. Townsend

The King’s Last Song
Geoff Ryman
Noted speculative fiction author Geoff Ryman weaves together ancient legend with a gritty view of modern Cambodian life, and the pattern that emerges is surprising. Reviewed by Margaret Shaklee

Two Marriages
Phillip Lopate
The novellas in Two Marriages show that the “inescapable ego” of the essayist makes eternal islands (i.e. bachelors) of us all. Reviewed by Joseph Jon Lanthier

Final Silence
Ronald Flores
Senselessness
Horacio Castellanos Moya
Two Guatemalan novelists tackle the brutal topic of terrorism in their native land. Reviewed by Aaron Shulman

Nazi Literature in the Americas
Roberto Bolaño
Charting the lives of thirty-three invented writers from the Western Hemisphere, this satiric novel by the acclaimed Bolaño is one of his most innovative works yet. Reviewed by Luke Sykora

Vacation
Deb Olin Unferth
In this astonishing and unsettling first novel, Unferth explores the idea and intentions behind our getaway rituals. Reviewed by Stephanie Hlywak

My Father’s Wives
José Eduardo Agualusa
In this arresting novel, a missing father is used as a base from which to explore Angolan and personal identity. Reviewed by Jeff Bursey

Home
Marilynne Robinson
Robinson’s latest offers a challenging story played out in a Midwestern kitchen, involving heavy doses of theological discourse. Reviewed by Jill Stegman

Rumi: The Fire of Love
Nahal Tajaddod
A comprehensive and authoritative historical novel about the life and mind of the thirteenth-century Persian mystic. Reviewed by Rasoul Sorkhabi

Goldengrove
Francine Prose
Prose’s new work presents a young protagonist who confronts the death of her older sister and the ensuing grief that envelops the family. Reviewed by Joyce J. Townsend

Ghosts of Chicago
John McNally
This compelling collection of short stories finds universal themes in its portrayal of various dysfunctional Chicagoans. Reviewed by Leah Raven

REVIEWS: POETRY

The Baltic Quintet: Poems from Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden
Edited by Edita Page
This compilation discovers an intimate, self-conscious relationship with the natural world—and some sense of its elusive milieu. Reviewed by Amy Groshek

a gathering of matter a matter of gathering
Dawn Lundy Martin
Martin’s debut collection of poems is an artful scar winding over broken bonds of trust—trust in father and family, trust in men and mankind. Reviewed by Haines Eason

The Golden Boat: The Selected Poems of Srečko Kosovel
Kosovel is often called the Slovenian Rimbaud, and this comprehensive selection of poetry is the first available in English. Reviewed by Martin Balgach

Behind My Eyes
Li-Young Lee
Hieroglyphs collide head-on with parables, burning books, and “breath to fan the fire’s nest,” setting the stage for Lee’s latest collection. Reviewed by Kristina Marie Darling

French Symbolist Poetry
Translated by C.F. MacIntyre
The Yale Anthology of Twentieth-Century French Poetry
Edited by Mary Ann Caws
Two new volumes offer the history of French poetry from the period immediately preceding the twentieth century up to the present, amply demonstrating its range and vitality. Reviewed by by John Herbert Cunningham

My Vocabulary Did This to Me
Jack Spicer
This masterfully edited collection of Spicer’s poems allows readers to track the radical evolution of the poet’s style and come to a fuller understanding of Spicer’s significance in the American literary landscape. Reviewed by Stephan Delbos

The Golden Age of Paraphernalia
Kevin Davies
In this new collection, Davies’s poems literally leap across the page, and his taut constructions work to subvert the meaning of any given line. Reviewed by Steven Zultanski

Sources
Devin Johnston
Duncan scholar and poet Devin Johnston explores the conflation of the read and the lived in his aptly titled SourcesReviewed by Joseph Bradshaw

A Message Back and Other Furors
Leonard Schwartz
In this furious study of language and form, Schwartz draws attention to the familiar and the foreign, often subverting their dichotomy. Reviewed by Craig Santos Perez

REVIEWS: NONFICTION

Sheer Fiction: Volume IV
Paul West
The impressive four volumes of West’s literary essays comprise the equivalent of a master class in the appreciation of reading others and the hard-won joy in writing one’s own works. Reviewed by Jeff Bursey

Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations
Georgina Howell
Bell, a British woman who became an archaeologist, spy, linguist, author, photographer, and mountaineer at the turn of the twentieth century, comes to life as a female Lawrence of Arabia in this portrait. Reviewed by Victoria Erhart

Loneliness as a Way of Life
Thomas Dumm
Dumm engages loneliness as it manifests in literature, film, essay—those textual friends who keep loneliness at bay and help make sense of the world in all its seeming emptiness. Reviewed by Spencer Dew

The Angel of Grozny: Orphans of a Forgotten War
Åsne Seierstad
Author of the international bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul turns her sights on the victims of Russia’s war with and dominance over Chechnya. Reviewed by Ellen Frazel

Correspondence: Georges Bataille and Michel Leiris
Edited by Louis Yvert and translated by Liz Heron
A newly translated volume of correspondence between Bataille and one of his most intimate friends, the writer and ethnographer Michel Leiris, exposes the creativity behind their aesthetic and personal oppositions. Reviewed by Jeremy Biles

The Liberal Imagination
Lionel Trilling
A reprint of Trilling’s essays, originally collected in 1950, gives us a keen perspective of literary criticism in its heyday. Reviewed by Alison Liss

Reborn: Journals & Notebooks 1947-1963
Susan Sontag
Sontag’s early journals follow her life from the age of fourteen until the age of thirty, revealing a “besotted aesthete” in the making. Reviewed by Megan Doll

A Scholar’s Tale: Intellectual Journey of a Displaced Child of Europe
Geoffrey Hartman
This slim memoir by a leading figure in literary criticism has the pleasant feel of an after-dinner monologue delivered by a brilliant man with a storied past. Reviewed by Spencer Dew

The Year of Henry James: The Story of a Novel
David Lodge
In these collected essays, Lodge discusses literary self-consciousness as well as how his famed novel Author, Author ran afoul of the Man Booker prize. Reviewed by Jerome Klinkowitz

REVIEWS: GRAPHIC NOVELS

Wet Moon Volumes 1-4
Ross Campbell
The gender- and genre-bending images of Wet Moon engage the reader in a delirious regress of identification and objectification. Reviewed by John Pistelli

Too Cool To Be Forgotten
Alex Robinson
Skyscrapers of the Midwest
Joshua W. Cotter
Bottomless Belly Button
Dash Shaw
Three recent graphic novels take different approaches to the coming-of-age narrative but all succeed in sketching in some intriguing details about the genre. Reviewed by Eric Lorberer

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