Dale Peck’s curation of important and sometimes neglected avant-garde lit from the 80s–including Mary Gaitskill, Dodie Bellamy, Bret Easton Ellis–stands not to establish a canon, but to undo one. Grant Maierhofer reviews.
Molly Brodak’s Bandit tells the story of growing up the daughter of a multiple felon bank robber in Detroit, and in the process shatters all expectations of how a memoir is supposed to work. Gregg Murray reviews.
In a kind of “literature of bewilderment,” Gabriel Blackwell takes the form of film criticism (that is, a book-length dissection of the mysteries at work in Hitchcock’s Vertigo) and blends it with memoir, philosophy, and memory-maze, to mesmerizing results. Nathan Knapp reviews.
Don Mee Choi’s Hardly War collages photographs, equations, and verbal shrapnel tracing the ghostly damage broken open in wartime Korea and Vietnam. Paul Cunningham reviews.
In his ninth installment, Jeff Jackson details the noise that should be filling your home, including fantastic manga, Wallace Berman’s collages, and the masks of Galembo.
What made Suicide Squad such a disaster? Susana Bessa peers deeply into one of the year’s biggest entertainment flops and attempts to sort how and why.
What’s the point of repurposing the lyrics to Nirvana’s Nevermind into a 712 page poem? Does there have to be a point? Laura Theobald reviews the latest book length work by conceptual badboy Robert Fitterman.