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Book Review: Anagnorisis

Book Review: Anagnorisis

By Austine Elizabeth Chilton Model    Kyle Dargan’s fifth collection of poetry, Anagnorisis, came out this September. Prescient, reflective, and unapologetically aware, the collection confronts the reader with a sense of urgency coupled with a lack of effective and lasting agency. Anagnorisis succeeds in expressing […]

Book Review: Read by Strangers

Book Review: Read by Strangers

  By  K. Tyler Christensen    At the 2011 Tin House Writers Workshop, Dorothy Allison delivered a talk called, “On Dialogue.” In her spirited voice, Allison asked: Shouldn’t story be something fucking happening? Without a doubt, in Philip Dean Walker’s second collection of short stories, […]

On Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

On Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

By Nick Chhoeun   Nnedi Okorafor is our guest at tomorrow’s AU’s Visiting Writers Series event and to prepare, I’ve started reading her Binti series. Tara Campbell’s post gives a great overview of Okorafor’s life, writing, and thematic interests, but here, I’ll be looking more closely at Binti.  […]

Recommended Reading: Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore

Recommended Reading: Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore

By Nick Chhoeun Kafka on the Shore the fourth Haruki Murakami I’ve recently completed and it’s the second book post I’ve written about Murakami for Café. The first time I ever read one of Murakami’s books, I was hooked on his ability to include so many scenes, […]

Book Review: Another City

Book Review: Another City

By Susan Bucci Mockler In his 1980 Nobel Lecture, Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz said that the poet’s true vocation is to contemplate Being. David Keplinger does exactly that in Another City, his fifth collection of poetry. The speaker of these poems is trying, through careful observation […]

Book Review: Ben Lerner’s 10:04

Book Review: Ben Lerner’s 10:04

By Nick Chhoeun “The future which is necessarily a fiction—it literally hasn’t happened yet—so intensely determines the texture of the present. In that sense, we always live in relation to a fiction.” This is how Ben Lerner describes his 2014 novel, 10:04, in an interview with The Public […]

Book Review: Quiereme by Juliana Delgado Lopera

Book Review: Quiereme by Juliana Delgado Lopera

By Yohanca Delgado In Japan, repairing broken pottery is an art form called Kintsugi (“golden joinery”), which uses gold to meld the broken pieces back together. In her book of essays, Quiéreme (“Love Me”), Juliana Delgado Lopera’s outlines the ways in the which the self […]

Book Review: An American Dream, Deferred

Book Review: An American Dream, Deferred

By Karan Madhok   Behold the Dreamers  By Imbolo Mbue 397 pp. Random House. $17 Over a million immigrants a year are granted permanent residence in the United States. They leave behind their families, their homes, their favorite foods, their language, culture, and often, the […]

Book Review: The Accusation

Book Review: The Accusation

By Vince Granata   “We will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” This, a familiar note in recent presidential refrains, came yesterday in an address to the U.N. During that speech, Trump also referred to Kim Jong-un as “Rocket man,” which, I […]

Book Review: Tales of Glamour and Fear in the Early Days of AIDS

Book Review: Tales of Glamour and Fear in the Early Days of AIDS

By Karen Keating When a mysterious disease began claiming young gay men’s lives in the early 1980s, the White House occupants of the decade, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, were silent. They remained silent for years as the death toll skyrocketed and pleas mounted for White […]