LEIGH CLAIRE LA BERGE with Andreas Petrossiants
While work may never become obsolete, being paid for it mightslyly invalidating the darker sides of some recent postwork theory soaked in accelerationist dogma, rather than in ideals of just redistribution or the outright toppling of capitalist exchange.
Run Me To EarthBy Joseph Peschel
Paul Yoons new novel, his second, Run Me to Earth, takes place during the Laotian Civil War. While the Vietnam War rages on, Laos is engaged in a civil war between the Soviet-supported, communist Pathet Lao and the American-backed Royal Lao Government throughout the 1960s and early 1970s.
Gendering BiographyBy Stephanie Siu
There are aspects of a persons life that arent subject to opinion: age, country of birth, or the manner of their death. Within the murkier, subjective areas is where the historian's prowessand prejudicemay lurk. While Weller elucidated Carrie Fishers inner world, Mosers mansplaining of Susan Sontag reveals more about him than his subject.
AMBER SPARKS with Nancy Hightower
Amber Sparkss new short story collection, And I Do Not Forgive You, complements other recently published novels that reframe myth and folklore to challenge our 21st century pre-apocalyptic mindset.
Soong's staging of pre-arrival: Near At, and the scene of the crashBy Chris Campanioni
In language that is lyrical and dense, stuttering and elegant, playful and probing, Soong joins a coterie of writers as expansive as her first collection, Near, At.
CATHERINE BARNETT with Tony Leuzzi
Barnett insists Its not too late to fight back. / Calamity et al! / Get up, we love you! Thus a wake up rally cry is wryly supported by an allusion toof all thingsFrank OHaras Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed!). Surely one of many reasons why Catherine Barnetts Human Hours packs such a powerful punch is that its creator has synthesized her sources without straining for effect. Barnett succeeds through understanding and sympathy.
Mona Eltahawy's The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and GirlsBy Deena ElGenaidi
Mona Eltahawys feminist manifesto, The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls (2019), is written, Eltahawy says, with enough rage to fuel a rocket. Eltahawy is an Egyptian feminist activist and journalist whose experiences and writings have been hugely important in our current time.
LANCE OLSEN with Andrea Scrima
Lance Olsen is author of more than 25 books of and about innovative writing, including, most recently, the novels Dreamlives of Debris (Dzanc, 2017) and My Red Heaven.
JUDITH BAUMEL with Catherine Parnell
A poet, essayist, teacher, and traveler, Baumel is a modern-day seeker, wresting meaning out of the past and holding it up to the present. Baumel is on a journey, and her poems mark time and space. What follows is a conversation about the place and meaning of poetry today, including poetic meet-ups with Virgil, Ovid and Theocritus, and a stroll through Italy and the Bronx. Passeggiate. Walk with us.
Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women WritersBy Yvonne C. Garrett
Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime By Women Writers is a patriarchy-challenging collection of noir by women. Not all of these tales are told from a womans perspective, nor are they all presenting a feminist perspective, but most are wonderfully wrought, chilling tales of revenge, redemption, the evil that men do, and just what these women do about it.
The Once and Future Queen: Amber Sparks's Weird RealismBy Kurt Baumeister
Amber Sparkss third story collection And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges is, as the title suggests, teeming with tales of retribution, though reducing the book or even its concept to that of a glorified burn book would be way off the mark. Desire, anger, murder, madness, robots, gods, monsters, apocalypses, love, hate, violence, magic, fairy godmothers, women as heroes, and men behaving badly (badly-behaved men who often pay with their lives, or hearts, or souls for said bad behavior): all these things live within this books pages.