by Dustin Illingworth
MAY 2015 | Books
Part shaggy intellectual ruin, part holy text of urban theology, the German cultural critic Walter Benjamins unfinished magnum opus The Arcades Projecta kaleidoscopic study of 19th-century Parisian city lifeis perhaps best read as a kind of cipher or secret code wherein the metropolis itself is revealed to be the critical document of modernity.
MAR 2016 | Books
Scott Alexander Hess earned his MFA in creative writing from The New School, in New York City. He blogs for the Huffington Post, and his writing has appeared in Genre Magazine, The Fix, and elsewhere. Hess co-wrote Tom in America, an award-winning short film starring Sally Kirkland and Burt Young. The Butcher’s Sons is his third novel and was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Hess now lives in Manhattan. He spoke with The Brooklyn Rail’s Books editor Joseph Salvatore in Hell’s Kitchen, the setting for The Butcher’s Sons.