POETRY: THE SUBLIME IN THE MIDDLE AGESBy Scott Hightower
A new translation of some landmark Anglo-Saxon poems has arrived: Curious Masonry, translated by Christopher Patton. It does not matter if poems are old or new, or whatever the languageall poetry is a real or imagined flare-up of being.
CHARLES BERNSTEIN with Adam Fitzgerald
Charles Bernstein is the author of Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Inventions (University of Chicago Press, 2011); All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010); Blind Witness: Three American Operas (Factory School, 2008); and Girly Man (Chicago Press, 2006).
RAINER J. HANSHE with Audrey Gray
The Acolytes, by Rainer J. Hanshe, depicts an entangled coterie of actors and authors in contemporary New York City. Terence and Gabriel are young actors at the start of their careers, Ivan is their controlling and compulsive director, and Amos is the clairvoyant author/playwright around whom the others gravitate.
MOLLY JONG-FAST with Susan Marque
I recently had the opportunity to meet Molly Jong-Fast and speak with her about her new comic novel, The Social Climbers Handbook (Villard, 2011), in which Daisy Greenbaum, an unlikely serial killer who lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, volunteers at a soup kitchen and cares for her family.
When Everything Stinks of DecayBy Andrea Scrima
When Thomas Bernhards Heldenplatz (Heroes Square) premiered in 1988, self-appointed defenders of Austrias noble heritage unloaded a truckload of horseshit in front of the steps to the Burgtheater in Vienna.
Making it New (Again)By Justin Mitchell
In the beginning of Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down, Ishmael Reeds hilarious parody of the dime store Western, Loop Garoo Kid offers his view of the novel as an art form: No one says a novel has to be one thing. It can be anything it wants to be, a vaudeville show, the six oclock news, the mumblings of wild old men saddled by demons.
Reclaiming Intimacy One Film at a TimeBy Christine Hou
Intimacy. Why do we need it? How do we preserve it in a time when being present means being everywhere and nowhere at once, between Facebook statuses, Google, and Twitter? Masha Tupitsyns LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film considers these questions and visual culture at large through the private/public sphere of the Internet.
And the Son Coughed Up the SonBy Nicolle Elizabeth
Blake Butlers highly anticipated novel, There Is No Year, has had a controversial start in the criticism world. Baffling to many, those unsure of how to perceive the work avoid discussing it altogether.
When We Danced on WaterBy Randy Rosenthal
The scene is a small café in Tel Aviv. An 84-year-old male ballet phenomenon engages his waitress in conversation. He always orders the same thing: espresso, a side of steamed milk, water with lemon. Initially she ignores his advances, but quickly succumbs to his persistence.
Falling SidewaysBy Winston Len
Set in Copenhagen, Falling Sideways is a corporate novel that challenges the status quo life. Most of the characters work for the Tank, a Danish think tank-like organization with a vague interdisciplinary policy mission. Besides being a play on the organizations function, the Tanks name hints at an unstoppable menacedownsizing is about to wreak havoc on its employees.
The Architect of Flowers: StoriesBy Nicole Lantz
The raw, emotional narrative voice that runs throughout William Lychacks book of short stories keeps readers on edge. While there are a myriad of different perspectivesa hybridizer and his paranoid wife, a police officer, a ghostwriter, a school teacher with mythic originsthe narrative voice feels continuous.
Don Juan: His Own VersionBy Tatiaana L. Laine
Peter Handke brings us an interesting look at the apparently oft-misunderstood legend of Don Juan. We as readers are granted access to the sensitive side of this legendary womanizer by the narrator, a slightly depressed chef and innkeeper whose business is less than thriving in the French countryside where he makes Don Juans acquaintance.
Toward YouBy Matthew Resignola
In the final installment of Jim Krusoes trilogy about life and death, the protagonist, Bob, reupholsters furniture, bakes cakes, fights with his neighbor, and attempts to communicate with the dead through a helmet made of egg cartons. Well, egg cartons and a microphone.
Rapid TransitBy Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
Elizabeth Willis shares her Address, making the word and the world one. Magic is at work in the willed adventure of the alpine grass. Yesness Park signals go. These poems are surefooted, yet unpredictable.
The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American PoetryBy Lynne Lawner
A cornucopia of pleasures, some that come with a sapient sting, FSGs new bilingual anthology of Latin American poetry provides something for everyone in its great variety and generous, ecumenical selection.