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Genevieve Hudson: Pretend We Live Here

1/13/2019
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“A terrific collection of stories. There are echoes here of Flannery O’Connor, Barry Hannah, and Denis Johnson, but Genevieve Hudson is her own writer—impressively and gloriously so. Her eye for the clinching detail is unnerving and her sympathies are fascinatingly … Continue reading →

Duration:01:32:24

Jeffrey Yang : Hey Marfa

1/1/2019
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“Yang rebuilds for the reader a town that is notable for its many stark contrasts: restored & ruined buildings, wealth & poverty, international art & border enforcement. Hey, Marfa makes a remarkable poetic accounting of the ways imagination is currently … Continue reading →

Duration:01:38:00

Chaya Bhuvaneswar : White Dancing Elephants

12/17/2018
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“Bhuvaneswar is unflinching about the lives of those for whom identity is a constant battle & the act of being is an unavoidable challenge, but she doesn’t ignore the beauty in their strength…White Dancing Elephants is a necessary book — … Continue reading →

Duration:01:50:14

Layli Long Soldier : Whereas

12/1/2018
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“Long Soldier reminds readers of their physical and linguistic bodies as they are returned to language through their mouths and eyes and tongues across the fields of her poems.”—Natalie Diaz for The New York Times Book Review; “Layli Long Soldier’s … Continue reading →

Duration:01:53:21

Diane Williams: The Collected Stories of Diane Williams

11/13/2018
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“Williams’s short precise, & emphatic sentences build a strange society whose denizens are not quite familiar to us & not quite comfortable with their own quietly disturbing evolutions. Not a single moment of the prose here is what you expect, … Continue reading →

Duration:01:14:18

R.O. Kwon : The Incendiaries

11/1/2018
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“Every explosive requires a fuse. That’s R. O. Kwon’s novel, a straight, slow-burning fuse. To read her novel is to follow an inexorable flame coming closer & closer to the object it will detonate—the characters, the crime, the story, &, … Continue reading →

Duration:01:11:18

Tommy Pico : Junk

10/14/2018
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“Reading Tommy Pico’s Junk I kept thinking of Heather McHugh’s pronouncement that the main discipline of poetry is “to keep finding life strange.” Pico is the master of making the stone stony, or returning the sheer absurdity of being to … Continue reading →

Duration:01:19:20

Dubravka Ugrešić : Fox & American Fictionary

10/1/2018
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Dubravka Ugrešić is considered one of Europe’s most distinctive novelists and essayists. She is the 2016 winner of Neustadt International Prize for Literature for her body of work, joining literary luminaries from Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Elizabeth Bishop to Octavio … Continue reading →

Duration:01:45:05

Anna Moschovakis : Eleanor or The Rejection of the Progress of Love

9/24/2018
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“Anna Moschovakis takes the reader straight to the terrifying edge: that moment where one ages out of youthfulness & begins to flutter in the debris of middle living, flattened out by technology, wild-goose chasing one’s data. Yet, the deeper we … Continue reading →

Duration:01:51:34

Dao Strom : You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else

8/22/2018
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In Dao Strom’s collection of poetic fragments, You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else, translated by Ly Thuy Nguyen as Mình sẽ luôn là người nọ đến từ nơi nọ, the fragments are wholly filled– with text: English, Vietnamese, drifting, … Continue reading →

Duration:01:55:12

Catherine Lacey : Certain American States

8/7/2018
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“Lacey captures with eerie precision the strangeness of being a person in the world, living alongside other human beings with unknowable thoughts and feelings . . . Reading Lacey’s fiction feels like walking through a dark apartment in someone’s mind, … Continue reading →

Duration:01:29:25

Forrest Gander : Be With

7/19/2018
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“Forrest Gander’s life partner, the poet C.D. Wright, died suddently a little more than two years ago, and this book is one result or record of the aftermath of that loss. In poems that are utterly naked and bereft, elegies, … Continue reading →

Duration:01:25:45

Chelsea Hodson : Tonight I’m Someone Else

7/6/2018
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“Hodson’s essays have such a sexy drama to them—and ultimately it’s the romance of just getting through life; the passion that comes from being a wholly alert woman and living to tell about it. I had a real romance with … Continue reading →

Duration:01:26:40

Molly Crabapple : Brothers of the Gun – A Memoir of the Syrian War

6/12/2018
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“From the anarchy, torment, and despair of the Syrian war, Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple have drawn a book of startling emotional power and intellectual depth. Many books will be written on the war’s exhaustive devastation of bodies and souls, … Continue reading →

Duration:01:37:34

Sheila Heti : Motherhood

6/1/2018
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“This book is going to change how we think about life and women forever; like ancient Greek philosopher level of describing reality in a way that creates it. So, go or don’t go, read the book or don’t — either … Continue reading →

Duration:01:28:53

Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi : Call Me Zebra

5/15/2018
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“Not many authors are compared to Borges, Cervantes, and Kathy Acker all in one breath, but that is exactly what we’re dealing with here: Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a twisted, twisty genius.”–Nylon Magazine; “Van der Vliet Oloomi captures … Continue reading →

Duration:01:37:53

Jen Bervin : Silk Poems

5/1/2018
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“Jen Bervin’s work—all of it—engages the eye, the hand, the ear, and the mind. Her artistry is vast and inclusive, by finesse and intelligence, by curiosity, forbearance, and vision. She knows the unexpected wonder of pattern is everywhere and that … Continue reading →

Duration:01:33:36

Cheston Knapp : Up Up Down Down

4/10/2018
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“Cheston Knapp’s Up Up, Down Down has the uncanny, welcome ability to make so-called mainstream or dominant culture—white, masculinist, Christian, frat boy, & so on—appear newly strange, & newly open to analysis. He has the eye & ear of an anthropologist, … Continue reading →

Duration:01:38:54

John Keene : Counternarratives, Playland, and Grind

4/1/2018
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“In Counternarratives, John Keene undertakes a kind of literary counterarchaeology, a series of fictions that challenge our notion of what constitutes “real” or “accurate” history. His writing is at turns playful and erudite, lyric and coldly diagnostic, but always completely … Continue reading →

Duration:01:37:11

Vi Khi Nao : Umbilical Hospital & A Brief Alphabet of Torture

3/11/2018
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“These pieces are elaborate piecework—perforated, whip stitched, and distressed field-dressed dissections of language. Tortured? Maybe. But lusciously junked & juxtaposed, turned inside out & every which way but…No, in every way they make way.”—Michael Martone; “Imagine an entity composed of … Continue reading →

Duration:01:48:09