Marina Carreira’s I Sing to that Bird Knowing That He Won’t Sing Back is “an ambitious first publication; one that succeeds, in part, because of how true it remains to the essence, both personal and cultural, both literal and figurative, of fado, the Portuguese genre of music, as a form of artistic expression.” Hugo dos Santos reviews.
How to build a moving story out of a lifeline of lies, loss, and bad decisions? Meghan Lamb takes a look at how Scott McClanahan’s The Sarah Book weaves its strange and heartfelt magic.
Colin Winnette’s latest, The Job of the Wasp, reprograms the murder mystery to invite such questions as: What cruelty lurks behind a shadow? Why can’t we weep openly without scorn? Why doesn’t weather menace our stories? Jason Teal reviews.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles is hosting a comprehensive retrospective on the work of the Brazilian conceptual and performance artist Anna Maria Maiolino through January 22, 2018. Joseph Houlihan goes in.
Nate Logan reviews Becca Klaver’s latest book of poems, Empire Wasted.
Evoking textures from likes of Inland Empire and The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You, Marty Cain’s Kids of the Black Hole traces a between dreamscape and wasteland. Paul Cunningham reviews.
“If our post-apocalyptic stories are contingent on propagating the human species, despite ourselves and our abilities, we risk promoting suffering for the sake of suffering.” GB Gabbler explores the anti-natalist and anti-colonial themes in play within the 2016 zombie film The Girl With All The Gifts.
Leila Guerriero’s A Simple Story: The Last Malambo investigates the passion and devotion of the malambo dancers who dedicate their lives to perform in an annual, life-changing competition in Laborde, Argentina. Scott Daughtridge reviews.