“You aren’t supposed to strive in Wyoming,” says city reporter Melanie in a selection from Alyson Hagy’s newest title, a series of short stories set amidst the raw and heavy American West. Despite Melanie’s claim though, she and a fair share of the folks populating Ghosts of Wyoming do the apparent opposite. Read more…
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Ugly Duckling Presse describes its Dossier Series as “idea-based books, pamphlets, and other objects” that “don’t share a single genre or form—long poem, lyric essay, criticism, artist book, polemical text—but rather an investigative impulse.” The most recent title of this series is Ten Walks/ Two Talks by Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch. Inspired in part by Basho’s meditative travel diaries, Cotner and Fitch observe today’s New York City with the freshness of travelers’ eyes.
How to consider the space captured in a photograph, and what can we consider truth within an image? In a photograph my image exists outside of my physical body but does my body still live in a photograph? When applied to the photography of dead bodies, specifically crime scene photography, these questions take an interesting turn.
In 2007, Aronowitz and Bernstein, friends since they were teenagers, decided to explore what feminism means to the current generation of women. As daughters of well-known feminists (Ellis Willis and Susan Bee, respectively) they grew up with feminism being a household word. Aronowitz and Bernstein desired to step out of their environment into the wider collective.
For voracious readers the most satisfying battles are always heralded by the challenge of big books. Let’s call them gigabooks, books that can break their own spine or their readers, books where you lightly taste their first sentence, equally ready to experience sugar or poison. Enter Spanish novelist Javier Marías and his completed 1,200 page trilogy, Your Face Tomorrow (New Directions Publishing), which has just been translated into English.
“We’re not prepared, but we never have been, and we’re still here,” Patti Smith announced as she and Sam Shepard sat down on the two armchairs on the stage of the 92nd Street Y last night, facing the sold-out crowd. They read, in a sort of call-and-response fashion, excerpts from their newest works peppered with some of Smith’s poetry and a couple of pleasantly unrehearsed musical numbers at the end.
Sarah Thornton’s mechanical mind deciphers the gestures hidden within the wild, eccentric, and unregulated art world. Her recent bestseller, Seven Days in the Art World, unlocks the mysteries of this creative sphere that appears to be lit from within.
Maaza Mengiste‘s debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, is a stark account of the Communist revolution in 1970s Ethiopia. The book follows the fall of the Emperor, Haile Selassie, through to the rise of the Derg and the reign of terror imposed upon the people of Ethiopia. Mengiste‘s characters are remarkably vivid and she meticulously creates a book with great scope, but also real emotional connection.
As I write, my husband and daughter are threatening to cremate my books and preserve them in an urn for me for eternity. This is not going to happen (and they know this). A surefire way to irritate me beyond reasonable measure is to not understand my (perhaps unreasonable) attachment to books. I love their weight and feel and their sense of occupancy, their reason for being—to attempt to communicate something beyond time and distance. I particularly love my art books.
Daniel Nester is the kind of writer who looks at his book as an opportunity to be honest with you, and hopefully make you laugh. Which I did, while reading his latest book, How to Be Inappropriate, just out this past fall.
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