A Thing Defined
ContributorCraig Morgan Teicher
Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of four books, including The Trembling Answers: Poems (BOA Editions, April) and the editor of Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz (New Directions). He lives in New Jersey with his wife and kids.
This Strange Thing, the Word*By Trinh T. Minh-ha
NOV 2021 | Critics Page
It pains you terribly to hear it. The word. It was dropped casually, as if of no importance. The moment it hit your ears, your heart got stoned. The immediate reaction was a full silence. It weighed on you as you turned mute. You wanted to throw it out, back to where it came from, but to no avail. All you could hear yourself uttering were some rasping throat sounds.
Life on the Contingency PlanBy George Grella
APRIL 2023 | Music
Theory is the thing here, this is a study of theories. It does gesture at practices, but in ways that show how thinking and writing about improvisation are so beholden to theory that the book is full of claims that sound like they are being made by an alien, sent to study the human race and report back on the marvelous, intriguing strangeness of all these creatures.
No Politics But Class Politics: A ReviewBy Adam Theron-Lee Rensch
MAY 2023 | Field Notes
In his recent book, Poverty, by America, Matthew Desmond writes, Poverty might consume your life, but its rarely embraced as an identity. Its more socially acceptable today to disclose a mental illness than to tell someone youre broke. The striking thing about this statement is the degree to which it is both completely true and totally wrong.
Steffani Jemison’s A Rock, A River, A StreetBy Tara Aisha Willis
MARCH 2023 | Art Books
Reading A Rock, A River, A Street is like finding a way through an enigmatic moment of performance: the body is the thing that connects feelings and experiences, moves us through them. It is a train of thought, a largely unvoiced internal monologue to which we are given partial access.