Online Edition: WINTER 2009/2010
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Can You Keep a Guy Intrigued?
an interview with Blake Butler
by Andrew Ervin
an interview with Brian Evenson
by John Madera
This Associative Life
an interview with Terry Tempest Williams
by Kevin Smokler
Notes from Footnotes:
New Directions in David Foster Wallace Studies
Our man on the ground evaluates a recent conference devoted to new ways
of thinking about Wallace’s oeuvre.
essay by Scott F. Parker
Unexpected Writings of Julio Cortázar
Published twenty-five years after Julio Cortázar’s death, this collection of little-known texts will excite fans of the famed Argentine author.
Reviewed by Jay Miskowiec
Tahar Ben Jelloun
Jelloun paints a compelling Morrocan world that draws the reader effortlessly into the familiar human situations that know no cultural divide. Reviewed by Steve Street
The variety of guises in which No Tomorrow has appeared—and this handsome new translation by Lydia Davis must of course be considered another—is in keeping with its subject: the semi-divine smoke and gorgeously warped mirrors of 18th-century erotic adventure. Reviewed by Laird Hunt
Set near Hardin, Montana in 1991, Spoon is a modern-day Western, complete with good guys, bad guys, and inclement weather. Reviewed by Jaspar Lepak
In this debut novel, an online bookseller appraises a treasure trove of early 20th-century tomes that lead him to two book-related mysteries and many unexplained deaths. Reviewed by Kristin Thiel
Updike’s painterly gift with description carries through this collection of short stories, making the reader wish there were more to savor. Reviewed by Daniel Picker
Dance with Snakes & The She-Devil in the Mirror
Horacio Castellanos Moya
Two recent translations bring Moya’s mysterious and suspenseful take on Latin America to English-speaking readers. Reviewed by Scott Bryan Wilson
Ladies and Gentleman, The Bible!
Call it the second coming: The Bible is back. Goldstein joins the holy hullaballoo with this collection of stories focusing on what the good book most lacks: humor. Reviewed by by Jesse Tangen-Mills
The Bridge of the Golden Horn
Emine Sevgi Özdamar
Özdamar’s novel follows the life of a young Turkish woman as she awakens to sexual desire and the turbulent political life of the late 1960s. Reviewed by Jeff Bursey
YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Exodus and Zenith
Bertagna imagines a worst-case scenario in her young adult books Exodus and Zenith, which follow the survivalist adventures of a rag tag group of people from all walks of life after most inhabited land has been swallowed up by the rising oceans. Reviewed by Kelly Everding
Beale asks the age-old question: does language have a direct relation with reality or is it entirely arbitrary and so of no real help in working our way toward real truths and to a better society? Reviewed by W. C. Bamberger
Robert Bolaño: The Last Interview
translated by Sybil Perez
In this collection of four interviews conducted between 1999 and 2003, Bolaño speaks frankly and candidly with his various interviewers, revealing his vastly erudite intelligence and knowledge as well as his skewed humor. Reviewed by Mark Terrill
The Possible Life Of Christian Boltanski
Catherine Grenier and Christian Boltanski
Part sober rumination and part look-at-me exposé, this oral autobiography covers all manner of topics, including the artist’s childhood, family, career, marriage, friendships, successes, failures, and ongoing cogitation on death. Reviewed by Mason Riddle
Beats at Naropa: An Anthology
Edited by Anne Waldman and Laura Wright
This anthology collects talks and interviews culled mainly from the voluminous audio archives of Naropa University’s writing program, founded in 1974 by poets Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. Reviewed by Peter Conners
Teaching Critical Thinking
The prominent African American feminist educator and cultural critic continues her important "teaching trilogy" with these engaging and thought-provoking mini-essays culled from dialogues with her students. Reviewed by Jen Besemer
Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme
One cannot read this book without recognizing that Barthelme was the dominant writer of his generation or that Daugherty will be one of the leading literary biographers of his own. Reviewed by Jacob M. Appel
Born to Run
McDougall discovers the Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyons in Mexico, a legendary tribe whose members, even its elderly members, participate in ridiculously long races without suffering injury. Reviewed by Scott F. Parker
Dance Dance Revolution
Cathy Park Hong
Hong’s sophomore release, Dance Dance Revolution, employs an unapologetic linguistic energy and a grasp of recent Korean history to forge a story that is both light-hearted and worldly, both comically absurd and solemnly nostalgic. Reviewed by Dale Terasaki
Two new poetry anthologies focus on particular geographical areas that have seen their share of strife and violence in their long histories. Reviewed by Tim Keane
Fort Red Border
This dual review delves deep into Petrosino’s “genius of the exactingly sensual”—with a healthy dose of Robert Redford. Reviewed by Haines Eason and Jay Thompson
Last Call at the Tin Palace
In Pines’s new volume of poems, acts of remembrance become studies in reclamation; the subjects and places these poems consider are summoned with a boundless faith in their preservation. Reviewed by Jon Curley
Acropolis and Tram: Poems 1938–1978
This selection of poetry shows how Engonopoulos took Surrealism furthest, largely because he practiced both writing and painting (devoting himself primarily to painting after 1948). Reviewed by George Kalamaras
Bibles have been around for centuries, but there’s never been a version like this. Reviewed by Britt Aamodt
This sumptuous volume compiles Sikoryak’s parodies of classic literature in a letter-perfect imitation of a classic comic book or strip, raising provocative questions about literary discourse along the way. Reviewed by John Pistelli
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