Winter 2022-2023

Check back as we add more features and reviews in the next months!

Interviews

Documenting the Suburban Gothic: An Interview with Ryan Rivas
by Chrissy Kolaya

Author Ryan Rivas talks about his new book, Nextdoor in Colonialtown, the accidental “truth bombs” of his neighbors’ posts on Nextdoor, and what it means to illustrate the “slippery time” of our historical moment. 

Poetry Reviews

The Lascaux Notebooks
Jean-Luc Champerret
Edited and translated by Philip Terry

The Lascaux Notebooks presents a window into the inner life of our Ice Age ancestors, transforming mysterious cave markings into poetic testimonials. Reviewed by John Bradley

Relativism
Mary Ford Neal

For Mary Ford Neal, the self is composed of absence: distances within us, between us, and outside of us. In Relativism, it is also a space we walk through and become, not a possession. Reviewed by Nick Hilbourn

Wind, Trees
John Freeman

Wind, Trees has John Freeman’s characteristic quietness: an understated, restrained quality which lends itself particularly well to post-pandemic writing. Reviewed by Joanna Acevedo

All the Blood Involved in Love
Maya Marshall

Reading All the Blood Involved in Love is like looking through a kaleidoscope at a cross section of violence: the violence of motherhood, the violence of race, the violence of illness, and of course, the violence of love. Reviewed by Rachel Slotnick

Fiction Reviews

Boulder 
Eva Balthasar
Translated by Julia Sanches

Boulders have a way of making landscapes both formidable and absurd—and Eva Balthasar delves into this uneasy balance in Boulder, her idiosyncratic portrait of displacement. Reviewed by Abby Walthausen 

Telluria
Vladimir Sorokin 
Translated by Max Lawton 

Telluria asks: What rough consciousness is emerging along our frontlines and glowing screens? How do we rescale our existence along these spaces in more human terms? Reviewed by Garin Cycholl

Nonfiction Reviews

Transfixed by Prehistory: An Inquiry into Modern Art and Time
Maria Stavrinaki
Translated by Jane Marie Todd

This tome by art historian Maria Stavrinaki shows how the existence of prehistory drastically changes the science, the art, and even the concept of time in the modern world. Reviewed by W. C. Bamberger

Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life
Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman

Joining the burgeoning genre of collective philosophical biography, Metaphysical Animals puts its subjects at the center of a story about friendship while detailing contemporary philosophy’s renewed interest in metaphysics and morals. Reviewed by Scott Parker