Christy Crutchfield explores the monsters, fiction hybrids, and the heart of strange creatures via Monster Portraits by Del Samatar and Sofia Samatar.
Shawn Wen’s biography in blank verse of Marcel Marceau the famed French mime establishes her as an irresistible force, much like her debut’s subject. Joseph Houlihan reviews.
Hilary Plum offers up an excerpt from her novel, Strawberry Fields, winner of the Fence Modern Prize in Prose, about the Iraq war and journalism.
Mike Kleine wrote a 100,000-word book in five days, under contract for publication. Herein he dissects the nitty-gritty of his approach to the ambitious project, which has taken the form of a novel about the Zodiac Killer, including acts of coding, miming, and visual design.
“We simultaneously participate in Apple’s pain while using her performance as a container for our own. That way, we too get the chance to bleed.” Sarah Kasbeer collectivizes the duende of trauma in Fiona Apple’s 1996 album, Tidal.