Online Edition: Fall 2012

Welcome to the FALL 2012 Online Edition
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Poetry | Literary Magazine | Fiction | Art | NonFiction | Mixed Genre

interviewed by Louis Bourgeois

Poet and children’s storybook author Matthea Harvey discusses what inspires her to create resonating poems, pet glaciers, giant snowflakes, and more.


Laird Hunt discusses the crafting of his new novel, Kind One, a chilling tale of redemption and human endurance in antebellum America.

interviewed by Gavin Pate

Bell discusses his new book of stories about parents enduring the apocalypses of children.


Clickthrough Culture and Difficult Literature

by David Huntsperger

David Huntsperger takes a close look at some challenging literature through the lens of our Internet-saturated, attention-challenged world.


on Jennifer Egan's "Black Box"

by John Parras

Egan’s 8,500-word story, released earlier this summer over a 10-day serialization on Twitter, was met with much hand wringing by those worried about The Fate of the Book.


Robert Kelly & Contemporary American Poetry

by Jordan Reynolds

A look at Robert Kelly's particular poetic genius.

Reviews: Art
Amaranth Borsuk and Brad Bouse

To “read” this textless book, one needs a computer, a web browser, and a web cam. Reviewed by Abraham Avnisan

Reviews: Poetry
Pamela Uschuk

In this new collection, the award-winning Uschuk views the poem as a vehicle for fierce engagement with the body and its social realities. Reviewed by Sean Thomas Dougherty

Juan Sweeney

Poet Chad Sweeney translates the ethereal, hypnotic, often surreal poetry of his Spanish ancestor, Juan Sweeney de las Minas de Cobre. Reviewed by Jeff Alessandrelli

Samuel Amadon

In this powerful collection, Amadon conjures up the dark and destitute side of Connecticut’s capital. Reviewed by Chris Vola

Natalie Diaz

In this ambitious first collection, Diaz takes on the challenges faced by her native American Indian culture. Reviewed by James Naiden

Stephen Motika

Motika’s first full-length book of poems sets itself firmly at the edge of Western American innovation, with impressive results. Reviewed by Gillian Conoley

Lew Welch

This fortieth-anniversary expanded edition should reawaken interest in Welch's Buddhist- and Beat-inflected work. Reviewed by Maria Damon

Reviews: Literary Magazine
edited by Bhisham Bherwani

Bherwani’s terse and incisive anthology of “twenty-one modern and contemporary resident Indian poets” forms the better part of the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of the Atlanta Review. Reviewed by Graziano Krätli

Reviews: Fiction
Carole Maso

While Maso’s writing is characterized as lush and otherworldly, her latest book is also grounded in our political and historical moment. Reviewed by Laura Winton

Kim Stanley Robinson

Robinson’s 2312 performs beautifully as both a love story and a solar-system-spanning travelogue. Reviewed by William Alexander

Varley O’Connor

O’Connor’s dynamic and remarkable portrait of Tanaquil “Tanny” Le Clercq, dancer and fifth wife to George Balanchine, investigates the cost of being a muse. Reviewed by Erin Lewenauer

Carlos Fuentes

In this delectably blood curdling and final fiction, Fuentes depicts an ageless wanderer transported to modern-day Mexico City. Reviewed by Vladislav Davidzon

Luke Geddes

This debut collection of stories recalls a lost, mythical world of 1950s American pop culture and its aftermath. Reviewed by Stephen Delaney

Evan S. Connell

Recently admitted into the UK's Penguin Modern Classics, we take another look at this masterpiece of spousal repression. Reviewed by Malcolm Forbes

Reviews: Nonfiction
Fitz Hugh Ludlow

Originally published over 150 years ago, this remarkable classic of American visionary literature has been rescued from obscurity. Reviewed by Gregory Stephenson

Adilifu Nama

The first critical survey of black superheroes, Super Black takes Nama’s childhood passion and examines it through cultural, historical, and literary lenses. Reviewed by Isaac Butler

Katy Masuga

Katy Masuga attempts to rescue Henry Miller from oblivion with two new critical studies of the controversial author. Reviewed by Greg Bachar

Mary Johnson

This no-holds-barred memoir by a former nun focuses on her struggles to overcome her sexual desire. Reviewed by Chris Beal

Brian Mooney

Retired Reuters correspondent Mooney relates the humorous yet profound experience of his 1400-mile journey on foot from Essex to Rome. Reviewed by John Toren

Slavoj Žižek

Slovenian philosopher and social critic Slavoj Žižek takes on the failures of power structures that cannot contain or incorporate the multiplicities of society, allowing ripe conditions for revolution. Reviewed by Jim Kozubek

Susanne Kippenberger

Kippenberger’s sister reveals the multifaceted artist who thrived on disruption and made a business of creating art from unlikely, quotidian objects. Reviewed by Erika Stevens

Chana Wilson

This gripping and unconventional memoir follows Wilson’s story of sexual revelation and resolution after the emotional toll of caring for a suicidal mother. Reviewed by Scott F. Parker

Eyal Press

In this ever-more-revelant book, Press writes about individuals who follow their conscience during the darkest times, from Nazi Germany to the present day. Reviewed by Edward A. Dougherty

Lloyd Kahn

With Tiny Homes, carpenter and writer Lloyd Kahn brings his gaze to bear on the elegance of limits in contemporary architecture. Reviewed by Niels Strandskov

Peter Sotos and Jamie Gillis

Pure Filth, a collaborative work between Sotos and pornography icon Jamie Gillis, seeks to navigate the blurry divide between the lowest point of human imagination and the reality of perceived degradation. Reviewed by Cory Strand

William Hjortsberg

Two decades in the making and over 850 pages in length, William Hjortsberg’s Jubilee Hitchhiker appears to be every bit of the big, epic, all-inclusive biography that Brautigan fans have long been anticipating. Reviewed by Mark Terrill

Sonu Shamdasani

Bliss for a bibliophile, this “browse” through C.G. Jung’s library contains two hundred pages of photographed books that practically smell of stamped leather, ink, parchment, dye and paint. Reviewed by Nor Hall

Tony Judt, with Timothy Snyder

Tony Judt and Timothy Snyder present their conversations on shifting currents of academic fashion and ideas that populated the intellectual landscape of the twentieth century. Reviewed by John Toren

Reviews: Mixed Genre
Daisy Rockwell

Rockwell combines a selection of her paintings with political reflections on a post-9/11 world. Reviewed by Evan Harris

Leanne Shapton

Swimming Studies may be the first literary book entirely devoted to the grueling agonies and occasional ecstasies of competitive swimming. Reviewed by Justin Wadland

Karl Ove Knausgaard

In this hybrid narrative, Knausgaard collages truth and fiction, revealing intimate details of the Norwegian author’s life much to the chagrin of his family and friends. Reviewed by Jay Orff

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