APRIL JOSEPH

“Excavating Utopia” A Review of Dawn Lundy Martin’s Life in a Box is a Pretty Life Nightboat Books, 2015 Dawn Lundy Martin’s Life in a Box is a Pretty Life is a call to action, to investigate the hidden secrets and understand the foundation of White America. This fierce work bears …

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Review: What’s This

A Review of Reed Bye What’s This (Lunamopolis, 2015)  The newest issue from Lunamopolis, The Lune Volume 1, Number 5, is the newest work by the contemplative poet Reed Bye. The Lune is “poetry as correspondence,” a pen pal, subscription-based unbound literature. Between hoodies and whitewash, google, Shakespeare and cigarettes, What’s This …

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Unraveling the Haunt Bubble

A Review of  Dawn Lundy Martin Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nighboat Books, 2015) Writing into the space of the sacred and profane and disrupting idioms of the black female body through examining “life in a box,” a prisoner of mind/ body, allows “erased” language to emerge …

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KARA MILLER

IN REVIEW: BOY, SNOW, BIRD Like many of Oyeyemi’s novels, Bow, Snow, Bird has some fairy tale twisted into its DNA. In this case, the main inspiration is Snow White, with its wicked stepmothers and fascination with being “fairest of them all.” Boy, Snow, and Bird are three women, connected …

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Kara Miller

IN REVIEW: BOTH FLESH AND NOT Both Flesh and Not, David Foster Wallace’s posthumous essay collection from last year, is haunted by Wittgenstein. The book’s centerpiece is “The Empty Plenum,” a massive essay on David Markson’s novel Wittgenstein’s Mistress. Markson’s narrator, Kate, lives in a dramatization of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s skepticism, his fragmented …

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