Swallow the Fish is like finding a loved one’s journal and being allowed to sift through its contents without the residual guilt of having invaded the writer’s privacy. … More Portrait of the Artist as a Young Feminist: Gabrielle Civil
Jessa Crispin—for years one of the publishing industry’s go-to reviewers of new feminist releases—has decided to reject feminism. But not for the reasons you might expect. … More For Jessa Crispin, Feminism Isn’t Radical Enough
Karen Reyes is a monster. Well, she wants to be. … More Emil Ferris’s Debut Graphic Novel Is Your New Favorite Thing
Few books in recent memory have mastered the Midwestern uncanny as well as John Darnielle’s strange and lyrical Universal Harvester. But it isn’t a typical gothic thriller. It’s far stranger. … More ‘Universal Harvester’ Is a Masterpiece of Midwestern Horror
This week on Chuck Load of Comics, Chuck and Shauna share their picks of the week (Kill or be Killed and God Country from Image Comics) and discuss Star Trek Discovery, Suicide Squad 2, and the upcoming Netflix series, Castlevania, in “90-Second Nerd News.” You can watch this week’s video below, or visit their YouTube page … More Weekly Comics Round-Up: ‘God Country’ and ‘Kill or Be Killed’
Edward J. Balleisen’s ambitious new book takes a long look at America’s ongoing struggle to strike a balance between encouraging free enterprise and protecting investors and consumers from being ripped off.
George Saunders secured his spot in the American literary canon on the strength of his short stories alone. But with the exception of a couple novellas, he hadn’t written a work of sustained length. So readers were left to wonder: Could he write a novel that’s any good? We have the answer. … More George Saunders Astonishes with His First Novel ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’
Since January, we’ve launched a lot of new columns and features that continue to expand our mission of making the literary conversation more inclusive with regards to writers, ideas, settings, and genres. In case you missed them, here are our new ongoing features at the CHIRB. … More What’s New at the CHIRB
Penned by a governance researcher who spent more than a decade working in humanitarian aid and development, this cyberpunk political thriller challenges many of the assumptions we so often take for granted. … More Malka Older’s ‘Infomocracy’ Imagines a New Path for Democracy
“Miss Oates Loves to Splash Blood On Us” sniffed the headline of Geoffrey Wolfe’s New York Times review of Joyce Carol Oates’ 1971 novel Wonderland. … More It’s Not Joyce Carol Oates Who Splashes Blood on Us. It’s America.