Thursday, November 6 2014
It's rare to find a fresh new voice writing strong realistic fiction about life as it is lived today in America. Justin Taylor's stories will astound you.
The language of cinema, The Intervals of Cinema argues, is more indebted to the traditions of literature and theater than is commonly understood.
Geoff Dyer has a knack for compelling the reader to stay with him, even when his characters are unlikeable.
Wednesday, November 5 2014
The ultimate Judy Garland encyclopedia told by the person who knew her best: herself.
While living in Pakistan I often noted how a certain class of subcontinental man was prone to what I called “sahib syndrome” – the need to pontificate, at length.
The lyrics to the Miss America theme song say, “There she is, your ideal.” But what does that mean today?
Tuesday, November 4 2014
This is an outstanding work of journalism, full of riveting stories about the real lives of girls and women in Afghanistan today.
What is it about Canada that incites apocalyptic narratives?
Brood serves up a richly imagined, hideous, surprising world.
An epistolary novel set within a literally crumbling ivory tower, Dear Committee Members is a smart, wry, and all-too-realistic look into contemporary academic life.
Monday, November 3 2014
Regardless of the melodramatic, almost operatic overtones of the plot, this telling is at its best when it contextualizes the sociopolitical setting in which the story is unfolding.
If the unprepared reader gives the man and his book a chance, that reader will learn to appreciate, and possibly even love, John Porcellino's storytelling.
With a picaresque tone and first person narration reminiscent of Charles Dickens, Gilman’s novel is a delightful chronicle of New York history.
Friday, October 31 2014
This novel will give you chills, make the hairs on your body stand at end, and, yes, even give you bad dreams.
When Paris Went Dark is a penetrating history of the anxiety, confusion, claustrophobia, and uncertainty experienced by a city in the grip of an unpredictable menace.
Thursday, October 30 2014
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil feels timeless, because it contains truths you’ve known all along.
The second half of the19th century saw the murder rate drop precisely when "the activity of enjoying a murder became increasingly acceptable."
Wednesday, October 29 2014
Cronenberg's Consumed feels similar to that of fellow Canadian sci-fi writer William Gibson, in that the narrative is globe-hopping in nature and both writers share a fetish for technology.
Aware that theories about the horror genre can turn into fanboy rants, Jon Towlson's book is almost encyclopedic in its efficient division and referential format.
Tuesday, October 28 2014
Like Neil Gaiman, China Miéville and Catherynne M. Valente, Toby Barlow takes an historic urban space and transforms it into a place to ask questions that haunt us.