“Neither a lie nor a confession” : A Review of Strike a Prose: Memoirs of a Lit Diva Extraordinaire

Meghan Lamb


Conceptions of the real, unreal, and hyperreal converge in Tim Jones-Yelvington’s polyvocal hybrid novel, forming a continuously shifting “kaleidoscope of cultural tropes and myths of queer identity.” Meghan Lamb reviews.

Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968-2018

Joseph Houlihan


L.A.-based conceptualist Allen Ruppersberg’s Intellectual Property 1968-2018 retrospective, now open at the Hammer Museum of UCLA, is a revelation of constraint, automatism, and obsession. Joseph Houlihan reviews.

Book Album Book: Katabasis (Hermit and the Recluse, Orpheus vs. the Sirens)

Jeff T. Johnson


“One person’s hell is another person’s storyline.” The latest installment of Jeff T. Johnson’s Book Album Book tackles Hermit and the Recluse’s Orpheus vs the Sirens.

Mourning: or summer

Erica Ammann


Erica Ammann explores nostalgia, pain, desire, resistance, and narrative as related in the music of Japanese-American singer-songwriter Mitski, as well as through the writing of Derrida, Sarah Gerard, and more.

The Pools Beneath a Guillotine: A Review of Comemadre

Joseph Houlihan


Roque Larraquy’s Comemadre joins the uncanny, self-aware tradition of Kafka, Mann, Walser, Artaud, with a dash of the Three Stooges. Joseph Houlihan reviews.

We See No More Than He: Schluter’s Schwob

Dylan Byron


Why does Marcel Schwob remain an obscure literary presence? Dylan Byron argues for the greatness of the anti-idealist’s darkness.

A Brother’s Life-in-Death: A Review of Prosopopoeia by Farid Tali

Paul Cunningham


How do we explore death? Particularly, through the eyes of the death of a loved one, to HIV/AIDS? Paul Cunningham reviews Farid Tali’s vulnerable and brutal Prosopopoeia.

Michael on Movies: Wonder Woman

Mike Kleine


“Wonder Woman is not a film to be enjoyed.” The first installment of Mike Kleine’s column on popular films takes a fan’s eye view of 2017’s Wonder Woman.

This is Work: A Review of Joe Hall’s Someone’s Utopia

Joseph Houlihan


Joseph Houlihan reviews Joe Hall’s latest, Someone’s Utopia, exploring the intrinsic link between internet language and brutality, and between work and love.

It’s Not Confessional: Meadow Slasher by Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Jacob Schepers


Jacob Schepers reviews the latest from Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Meadow Slasher, and its interrogation of confession.