Online Edition: Winter 2012/2013

Welcome to the WINTER 2012/2013 Online Edition
This edition is now complete.

NonFiction | Art | Poetry | Chapbooks | Fiction | Drama | Comics | Really Short Reviews

Interviews
interviewed by Paul Maliszewski

Writer Alexander Theroux discusses his new book on Estonia, his love of language and politics, and just about everything else.

 
Features
Essay by Peter S. Scholtes

Lee Child’s tenacious Jack Reacher redefines what exactly is a hero.

 
Ted Pelton and Davis Schneiderman discuss Kent Johnson's
A Question Mark Under the Sun

Two partisan provocateurs (and a surprise guest) debate the nature of gadfly Kent Johnson’s genre-defying book on the provenance of a poem.

 
Reviews: Nonfiction
Jason Weiss

Weiss provides an entertaining oral history of the highly eclectic record label from the 1960s, ESP-Disk. Reviewed by W. C. Bamberger

 
Aatish Taseer

In a new American edition of this memoir and travelogue, a son wrestles with his father’s absence and his own Muslim identity. Reviewed by Spencer Dew

 
David Eagleman

Eagelman’s Incognito is a refreshing testament to the integrity of neuroscience. Reviewed by Scott Vickers

 
Ishmael Reed

Reed’s new offering of essays might not go far enough to stand as informed, reliable critique of the cultural catastrophe it purports to address. Reviewed by Spencer Dew

 
A.T. Mann

Mann’s new book is an anecdotal history of the myths, cults, and religions involving trees from earliest times to the present. Reviewed by Gerard Malanga

 
Edited by Lisa Robertson and Matthew Stadler

With Revolution: A Reader, editors Lisa Robertson and Matthew Stadler provide us with an antidote to end-times infantalization by giving us something to do. Reviewed by Elisabeth Workman

Reviews: Art
edited by Crag Hill and Nico Vassilakis

This collection will certainly join the small pantheon of essential literary arts anthologies focusing on visual works. Reviewed by Chris Funkhouser

 
Camille Paglia

With this collection of essays on art, Paglia takes a stand against the religious right and the P.C. left, both of whom she persuasively accuses of disparaging beauty, fearing sexuality, oversimplifying spirituality, and using art only to promote their political agendas. Reviewed by John Pistelli

 
Reviews: Chapbooks
edited by Ammiel Alcalay

Archival and obscure in nature, the Lost & Found series of chapbooks is one of those rare, eventful joys in publishing history. Reviewed by Patrick James Dunagan

 
edited and translated by Gilbert C. F. Fong, Shelby K. Y. Chan, Lucas Klein, Amy Ho Kit Yin, and Bei Dao

2011’s International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong resulted in this beautiful boxed collection of twenty chapbooks by poets from across the globe. Reviewed by Kevin Carollo

 
Reviews: Poetry
John F. Buckley and Martin Ott

This collection of poems is a good book to take on a long trip, as you watch the signs, shopping malls, and burger joints of backlot America go by. Reviewed Reviewed by Rachel Trousdale

 
Lenore Kandel

Kandel’s poems display her dedication to keeping her writing as honest and straightforward as the lifestyle she pursued. Reviewed by Patrick James Dunagan

 
Jeffrey DeLotto

This collection of poems and dramatic monologues represents more than two decades of DeLotto’s writing. Reviewed by Anne Whitehouse

 
Edward Dorn

This comprehensive gathering of Edward Dorn’s work to date allows us to see Dorn’s heartbreak in all its intensity, and the price of our vision is to feel with him a concomitant loss and pain. Reviewed by Charles Alexander

 
Bruce Bond

In this eighth collection of verse, Bond’s beautiful imagery summons the work of his ancestors: Stevens, Ashbery, and Merwin. Reviewed by James Naiden

 
Jessy Randall

In her new collection, Randall shows the emotional punch of minimalist verse, tempered with a generous dash of humor. Reviewed by CL Bledsoe

 
Kazuaki Tanahashi

This new translation and overview of the life and work of Ryokan shows this man of Zen is radically engaged and deeply compassionate. Reviewed by Justin Wadland

 
John Rybicki

In elegant verse and imaginative prose, Rybicki articulates his moving toward hope and healing after his wife’s death. Reviewed by Steve Dudas

 
Bill Luoma

Reading Bill Luoma’s Some Math is like facing a linguistic hurricane. Reviewed by Lightsey Darst

 
Marjorie Welish

What distinguishes Marjorie Welish’s new book of poems is its ability to engage readers in the process of construction that creates a text in time. Reviewed by Terence Diggory

 
Matthew Thorburn

Thorburn’s poems are filled with blues—but they are the blues of blue skies, blue birds, and most emphatically, blue pigment. Reviewed by Warren D. Woessner

 
Charles North

What It Is Like surveys four decades of work by one of America’s most engaging experimental poets. Reviewed by Terence Diggory

 
Lev Loseff

A rare collaboration between poet and translator brings life and personality to these translations from Russian poet Loseff. Reviewed by Amy Henry

 
Reviews: Fiction
Louis Armand

A darkly radiant ode to the underbelly of Prague, this novel is a pinball fever dream, sopping with sweat, booze, and sex. Reviewed by Benjamin Woodard

 
Laurent Binet

HHhH, a novel about the assassination attempt of high-ranking Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich, is written with a postmodern self-consciousness that’s uncertain of its own authenticity. Reviewed by Christopher Urban

 
J. R. Moehringer

Prize-winning journalist J. R. Moehringer turns novelist with his fictional take on the life of Willie Sutton, folkloric bank predator of the American mid-century. Reviewed by John Cussen

 
Lavie Tidhar

Winner of a 2012 World Fantasy Award, Osama is a mix of crime fiction, pulp noir, science fiction, and history. Reviewed by Kris Lawson

 
Elizabeth Hand

The enigmatic stories in Elizabeth Hand’s new collection arouse the vertiginous feeling of being confronted with the incomprehensible. Reviewed by Will Wlizlo

 
Edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

The Weird is the ultimate companion for readers who relish strange, luminous, decadent tales of the “other.” Reviewed by Kris Lawson

 
Dung Kai-cheung

Dung joins the ranks of Calvino, Borges, and Eco in re-imagining a fictionalized city from the perspective of future archeologists. Reviewed by Lucas Klein

 
Lyn Di Iorio

The high octane, hilarious, sexy, and strikingly original voice in Lyn Di Iorio’s Outside the Bones will take you for a ride you will not soon forget. Reviewed by Peter Grandbois

 
Peter Geye

Geye’s second novel follows the difficult lives of mother and son Norwegian immigrants in early 20th century America. Reviewed by Amy Henry

Reviews: Drama
Denis Johnson

Johnson’s latest foray into playwriting involves a return to his first love, poetry. Reviewed by Robert Martin

 
Reviews: Comics
Jon Lewis

True Swamp follows the adventures of Lenny the Frog, a good-hearted but prickly slacker of a type familiar from many ’90s pop-culture products. Reviewed by John Pistelli

 
Dan Zettwoch

Zettwoch’s graphic storytelling lies in his affection for his bizarre characters. Reviewed by David Kennedy-Logan

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