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The Rule of Tincture: A Review of Emily Wilson’s The Great Medieval Yellows

Chris Holdaway

12.01.16

Emily Wilson’s The Great Medieval Yellows explores systems linking together nature and technology, symbol and tincture. Chris Holdaway reviews.

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Three Jawns: The United States, Opus 40, and Dolores

Sarah Rose Etter

11.17.16

The latest installation of Three Jawns tackles the latest in democracy, a stone labyrinth built by Harvey Fite, and the paper bag distortion of Philadelphia’s Dolores.

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We Can’t Go Back to Yesterday: Jeff Jackson’s Novi Sad

Deirdre Sugiuchi

11.03.16

Jeff Jackson’s new novella, Novi Sad, depicts the surreal yet oddly familiar lives of humans gathered together to await the end of the world. Deirdre Sugiuchi reviews.

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Let’s Die: The Soho Press Book of 80s Short Fiction

Grant Maierhofer

10.20.16

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.

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Explanations Are Impossible: A Review of Bandit: A Daughter’s Memoir

Gregg Murray

10.13.16

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.

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All that Exists for the Audience: On Gabriel Blackwell’s Madeline E.

Nathan Knapp

10.06.16

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.

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World and War Memories: A Review of Don Mee Choi’s Hardly War

Paul Cunningham

09.29.16

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.

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The Loving Heart of Captain Fantastic

Sean Lawlor

09.27.16

Sean Lawlor on the familiar “strange” and heart in Matt Ross’s new film Captain Fantastic starring Viggo Mortensen.

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Ideal Home Noise (9): Breakdown, Berman, & Galembo

Jeff Jackson

09.19.16

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.

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A Dollop of Puerile Fireworks: On the Suicidal Squad of David Ayer

Susana Bessa

08.22.16

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.