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
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’
“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.
In a New York Times opinion column last September, Viet Thanh Nguyen wrote, “Many people have characterized my novel, The Sympathizer, as an immigrant story, and me as an immigrant. No. My novel is a war story and I am not an immigrant. I am a refugee who, like many others, has never ceased being … More Viet Thanh Nguyen Tells Stories of the Nationless in ‘The Refugees’
Diaries, Manguso suggests, invade our memories as much as pictures. So why keep one? Ongoingness reflects on that question. … More ‘Ongoingness’ Teaches How to Live More by Writing Less
A heartwrenching and lyrical tale from O.Henry Award-winning author, Emily Ruskovich. … More ‘Idaho’ Reinvents the Mystery Novel with Wrenching, Lyrical Beauty