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Kurt Baumeister

KURT BAUMEISTER is a contributor to the Brooklyn Rail.

Mark Doten's Trump Sky Alpha

Humanity has a sort of love affair with lists.

Leland Cheuk's No Good Very Bad Asian

Leland Cheuk does an admirable job in his latest, No Good Very Bad Asian, achieving a true synthesis of heart and humor highlighted by the fluidity of his first-person voice and a steady diet of sharp turns of prose.

The Once and Future Queen: Amber Sparks's Weird Realism

Amber Sparks’s 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 book’s pages.

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OCT 2020

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