Angela Veronica Wongs first full-length poetry collection, how to survive a hotel fire, exists within the rush and vacuum following an alarm: those split-seconds, or split-months, as the case may be, of confusion and action and error and clarity, in which memory is rewound, replayed, and questioned.
Zoe Fishmans novel Saving Ruth is a recent example of what publishers have called New Adult fiction: stories treating that sticky time of life between college and adulthood when full-fledged independence is still scary and not necessarily better than the familiar comforts of home.
Earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of sitting down at an Italian restaurant in the West Village and asking Benjamin Taylorauthor of two novels, Tales Out of School and The Book of Getting Even, and recent editor of Saul Bellow: Lettersabout his new book, Naples Declared: A Walk Around the Bay, a genre-bending travelogue that is part memoir, part history, part distillation of how ancient myths continue to shape our inner lives.
Peter Wheelwright is now officially a Renaissance man, a real triple threat. This is not to say hes a song-and-dance man. Then again it seems there is nothing the man cannot do.
In 1996, with money from his bands record deal with a major label, Johnny Temple founded Akashic Books and published The Fuck Up, a novel by Arthur Nersesian. Its been almost a decade since then, but dont think for a second Akashic has mellowed into a more genteel version of its gutsy original incarnationor forgotten the F-word.
Craig Morgan Teicher and I are of a tribe. We live a block and a half apart, take our coffee and cake at the same local grocery. Our kids play in the same South Brooklyn playground and we take many of our meals and beers at the same slightly-less-divey-than-it-used-to-be bar.
Let us now praise Paula Bomer. Nine Months, her debut novel and follow-up to her celebrated story collection Baby, is a masterful portrait of the brilliant and frustrated artist/mother figure living in contemporary Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Danger plus beauty equals glory. Recognize. And these murals, created illegally in the bowels of the New York City transit system, are thrilling. Painted in an abandoned subway station four stories down, they epitomize the potency of the underground.
If summer blockbusters are any sign, were as far from female protagonism as we were before the publication of the Second Sex. Heroes in our minds continue to be young and male.
Imagine a domain absent of cliché, gratuitous explosions, and Russell Brand, and enter Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room. Zona is a meditation on Andrei Tarkovskys 1979 film Stalker, and similar to the Zone in Stalker, is a sanctuary untouched by genre and traditional narrative.
Stephen Motikas Western Practice is a vast poetic anthropology, or archeology. It is a kulture vulture, trying to tell us the culture through its description of collections and directories.