Tracy Quan, Kane X. Faucher, Al Franken, Lewis MacAdams, and more...
Tracy Quan: Interview with a Sex Trade Novelist
Interviewed by Allan Vorda
A sex-worker turned novelist kisses and tells.
Polemarchy: Urdoxa, Codex Obscura and Beyond: An Interview with Kane X. Faucher
Interviewed by Astrid Jaida
Fiction and academic texts conflate in this Canadian author's unique novels.
Interviewed by Mary Kite
The Los Angeles River's greatest friend discusses the poet's role as activist.
Al Franken is Spreading the Truth (with Jokes)
Interviewed by Robert J. Nebel
Politics and laughs, of course.
The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch
If Kenneth Koch had an artistic credo it was play hard at poetry, and it shows in this nearly 800-page tome of posthumously collected poems. Reviewed by Tim Keane
These war poems preserve the shock of this experience while maintaining its humanity, collapsing the headlines and battle plans to the felt life of the individual. Reviewed by Joel Turnipseed
American Ghost Roses
Stein searches for "skewed beauty" borne of loss in this exceptional volume. Reviewed by Jean-Paul Pecqueur
Phillips's highly condensed verse calls attention to language as a thing always already removed from that which it points toward. Reviewed by Richard Owens
Political Cactus Poems
An ambitious contribution to the field of contemporary experimental ecopoetics, Skinner's poetry understands that traditional nature poetry will not get us closer to the natural world. Reviewed by Francis Raven
Freddy and Fredericka
In his first novel in ten years, Helprin creates characters loosely based on Prince Charles and Princess Diana who attempt to conquer the United States for England. Reviewed by Nicole Duclos
Here is Where We Meet
John Berger's latest displays the curiosity, originality, and daring that have made him one of the Western world's most engaging thinkers for nearly half a century. Reviewed by John Toren
Octavia E. Butler
Butler's Fledgling offers a new vision of the Other, one which is grounded as firmly in biology as it is in technological experimentation. Reviewed by Shannon Gibney
Crawford draws from the deadpan mannerism of the French New Novelists in her newest collection of short stories, while maintaining a distinctly satirical edge. Reviewed by Jim Feast
Like a Fiery Elephant: The Story of B.S. Johnson
Distinguished novelist Jonathan Coe takes on the life of experimental writer B.S. Johnson, creating a spectacular work combining formal innovation with a humanistic portrayal of a compelling protagonist. Reviewed by Scott Esposito
Theory's Empire: An Anthology of Dissent
edited by Patai, Daphne and Will H. Corral
Theory's Empire announces itself as a long awaited and much belated response to the repressive orthodoxy of Theory emblazoned with a capital T. Reviewed by Raphael Allison
Innocent When You Dream: The Tom Waits Reader
Edited by Mac Montandon
The breadth and poetic power of Waits's musical vision is explored in these essays on the hip musical outsider. Reviewed by N. N. Hooker
Woody Guthrie Artworks
Edited by Steven Brower and Nora Guthrie
Woody Guthrie's visual art may have originated in the same place and time as the music that made him famous: Shorty Harris's drug store in Pampa, Texas, circa 1929. Reviewed by Charles Homans
REVIEWS: GRAPHIC NOVELS
This graphic novel filled with freaks, violence, sex, drugs, and depravity, is also a literary novel filled with complexity, subtlety, and multi-layered symbolism. Reviewed by David Kennedy-Logan
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