Online Edition: Fall 2008

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INTERVIEWS

American Trilogist
an interview with Kenneth Goldsmith

Interviewed by Kareem Estefan

Surviving the Wolverines
an interview with Stephen Graham Jones

Interviewed by Gavin Pate

FEATURES

Seductive Notebooks: Paul Auster’s 21st-Century Fiction

In Auster’s post-2001 writing, protagonists have gone from being hunger artists to ill artists,
and instead of the fluidity of identity that characterized the earlier fiction,
the recovery of identity has become paramount. Reviewed by Dennis Barone

Reviews

FICTION

Super Cell Anemia
Duncan B. Barlow

Through first-person journal entries, third-person narrative, and the occasional tract of modern anthroposophy, Super Cell Anemia offers a wide-ranging jaunt into a gnarly and somewhat schizophrenic urban universe. Reviewed by Christopher Lura.

Girl Factory
Jim Krusoe

Krusoe’s fictional landscape is a world dictated by pure chance, where oddness is the norm, and where the strip-mall blandness of American suburban life is rendered hilariously surreal and violent. Reviewed by Michael Jauchen.

Geek Mafia and Geek Mafia: Mile Zero
Rick Dakan

The geek grifters of Dakan’s crime fantasy novels are anarchists, or claim to be, interested in causing chaos and making money. Reviewed by Spencer Dew.

Unlucky Lucky Days
Daniel Grandbois

In his debut assortment of fabulist flash fiction, Grandbois delights us in small, with his chiseled prismatic shards. Reviewed by John Domini.

America America
Ethan Canin

Canin offers a compelling story in the Iowa style—reading this novel is like sitting down with an articulate old timer and listening to him talk until the pot of coffee runs out. Reviewed by Luke Finsaas.

The Lazarus Project
Aleksandar Hemon

Hemon expertly interlaces the narratives of two people effected by the brutal murder of Lazarus Averbuch in turn of the century America. Reviewed by Salvatore Ruggiero.


NONFICTION

The Letters of John Cowper Powys and Emma Goldman
edited by David Goodway

This new addition to the Powys letters covers the period between 1936 and 1940, and brings to print the correspondence between these two fiery literary figures. Reviewed by Jeff Bursey.

How to Read Chinese Poetry
A Guided Anthology

edited by Zong-qi Cai

Implicit in the question "How to Read Chinese Poetry" is whether reading Chinese poetry is any different from reading non-Chinese poetry. Reviewed by Lucas Klein.

George Oppen
Selected Prose, Daybooks, and Papers

edited by Stephen Cope

Over a decade in the making, Cope's selection presents an in-depth presentation of Oppen processing the poetics behind his highly acclaimed poetry. Reviewed by Joseph Bradshaw.

In Search of the Blues
Marybeth Hamilton

Hamilton provides a solid overview of the efforts of several individuals who dedicated their lives to recovering the lost folk music of African-Americans. Reviewed by Tim W. Brown.

Rock On: An Office Power Ballad
Dan Kennedy

Imagine landing your dream job, only to realize that this job completely destroys and invalidates the dreams you once had. Kennedy recounts his hilarious journey to disillusionment. Reviewed by Ellen Frazel.


POETRY

The Collected Poems by C.P. Cavafy
and
Selected Poems by Federico García Lorca

The Oxford World’s Classics series has been issuing some of the finest in world literature for over 100 years; these two bilingual editions are no exception. Reviewed by John Cunningham

The Ghetto and Other Poems
Lola Ridge

This 1918 volume received critical acclaim and accolades from major poets, yet for decades her work has been overlooked until now as it is being brought back into print. Reviewed by Michael Aiken.

The Floating Bridge
David Shumate

In his recent collection of prose poems, Shumate explores such diverse subjects as translation, amateur Zen masters, and Franz Kafka’s first date. Reviewed by Kristina Marie Darling.

Your Country is Great: Afghanistan-Guyana
Ara Shirinyan

Shirinyan’s new volume of Flarf-esque poetry is a testament to the self-defeating potential of descriptive language. Reviewed by Katie Fowley.


GRAPHIC NOVELS

The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite
Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá

Apocalypse Suite begins with a full-page illustration of a wrestling match between a human and a giant space-squid, setting both the time and the tone of this breathtaking story. Reviewed by Rudi Dornemann.

Metronome
Veronique Tanaka

Tanaka isn’t interested in drawing as expression, but as an abstract visual music. Reviewed by Ken Chen.


VACUM FALL FEATURE: ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

How To See A Work of Art in Total Darkness
Darby English

English investigates the limits of the proverbial American freedom in the work of five African American artists at the turn of the 21st-century. Reviewed by Christina Schmid.

Driftless
Photographs from Iowa

Danny Wilcox Frazier

Frazier’s images endeavor to shed light on the people and places that mainstream media neglects to illustrate. Reviewed by Callie Clark-Wiren.

Matthew Barney
Brandon Stosuy, Domenika Szope, Stephan Urbaschek, Matthew Barney

The primacy of the body as object—its fluctuations, trainability, aberrations, procreation, and death—is in a nutshell the Matthew Barney glass bead game. Reviewed by Sean Smuda.

Zhang Huan: Altered States
edited by Melissa Chiu

Raw meat, blood, flies, nudity, animal hides, and ashes have made appearances in Zhang Huan's brutally confrontational and cathartic performances and sculptures. Reviewed by Carmen Tomfohrde.


 

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