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Spring 2019

INTERVIEWS

We Are All Witnesses For Each Other: An Interview with Sean Thomas Dougherty
The soulfulness of Dougherty’s poems and his chosen subjects—people who frequent pool halls and karaoke bars, neighborhood kids, immigrants, miners, anyone struggling in some way to have a voice in America—mark his work as outside the mainstream.
Interviewed by William Stobb

Everyone is Guilty: An Interview with Rick Harsch
Master of Midwestern noir Rick Harsch describes his newest book, a novelistic oral history about a real crime: the kidnapping of a teenager in 1953 La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Interviewed by Anne Kniggendorf

Unloveable Characters: An Interview with Evan Fallenberg
Novelist, translator, and university lecturer Evan Fallenberg discusses his newest novel, his craft, and his work as a translator of Hebrew.
Interviewed by Ben Shields

MULTI GENRE REVIEWS

The Milk Bowl of Feathers: Essential Surrealist Writings
Edited by Mary Ann Caws
This slim volume gives us a glimpse of the international movement that revolutionized every art form. Reviewed by John Bradley

POETRY REVIEWS

Fruit Geode
Alicia Jo Rabins
The experiences of childbirth and early motherhood are simultaneously physical and metaphorical in Rabins’s new collection, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in 2018. Reviewed by Anat Hinkis

small siren
Alexandra Mattraw
In small siren, poems sound the alarm that language—that great bridge between thoughts and things—has begun to sway dangerously yet beautifully. Reviewed by Andrew Joron

In Jerusalem and Other Poems
Tamim Al-Barghouti
Al-Barghouti is a poet of the displaced; the ache of a homeland lost or walled-off rings out through his poems, beautifully translated here from the Arabic. Reviewed by Dustin Michael

COMICS REVIEWS

Mort Cinder
Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Alberto Breccia
Mort Cinder is the first volume in The Alberto Breccia Library, a projected series that will present the legendary Argentine comics artist’s work to English-speaking audiences. Reviewed by John Pistelli

FICTION REVIEWS

The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland
Nicolai Houm
Norwegian novelist Nicolai Houm's first book to be translated into English is a character study of a woman struggling for her very existence. Reviewed by Rick Henry

The Alley of Fireflies and Other Stories
Raymond Roussel
In these newly translated stories and fragments, Roussel’s treatment of tragic events such as shipwrecks and death by poisoned word create intellectual delight and endless wonder. Reviewed by W. C. Bamberger

The Annotated Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler
Page by page, the editors (a crime novelist, a scholar, and a poet) help the reader understand and contextualize Raymond Chandler’s 1939 first novel and noir classic. Reviewed by Ryder W. Miller

Mere Chances
Veronika Simoniti
Slovenian author Simoniti’s stories offer a new way into uncertain and unbound geographies. Reviewed by Garin Cycholl

The Washington Decree
Jussi Adler-Olsen
Originally published in 2006 in Denmark, Adler-Olsen’s newly translated political thriller is a prescient commentary on current American politics. Reviewed by Poul Houe

NONFICTION REVIEWS

Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics
Nazia Kazi
The central focus of Nazia Kazi’s new book is white supremacy and the state-sanctioned violence that both emerges from and supports it in America. Reviewed by Spencer Dew

Lessons from a Dark Time
Adam Hochschild
Hochschild shares the stories of gutsy and bold individuals from across the world who have taken a stand against authoritative governments, spoken out against social injustices and inequalities, and dared to demand change. Reviewed by M. Lock Swingen

A Declaration of the Rights of Human Beings
Raoul Vaneigem
In the second edition of this seventeen-year-old book, philosopher Raoul Vaneigem expands his scope to cover virtual rights and misuse of technology. Reviewed by George Longenecker

Bookends: Collected Intros and Outros
Michael Chabon
Bookends collects a series of brief essays, introductions, afterwords, and liner notes about things Michael Chabon holds dear. Reviewed by Erin Lewenauer

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