“The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays” Review

“The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays” by Esmé Weijun Wang 202p. Graywolf Press. $16.00 I hate you. “I hate you” was what a shower told Esmé Weijun Wang during her first year of college. As she got older “shadowy demons” would pursue her. She would always narrowly dodge them. She also died. Or at least thought she was dead for a few months. Esmé Weijun Wang’s “The … Continue reading “The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays” Review

Why I Didn't Read the Manifesto: Some Thoughts on How to Learn and Talk About Evil

The reason I am writing this blog post is because I imagine a lot of people of the last few years have been confronted with a similar dilemma: Don’t I have to engage with the other side to have healthy political opinions? Don’t I have to go down the hard jagged road that is of the challenging my ideas about the world? Isn’t that what being openminded is?

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No, Not that Stormy: Review of "The Storm"

“The Storm” By Tomás González Translated from the Spanish by Andrea Rosenberg 174 pp. Archipelago Books. $16. “The Storm” is a short, dry but occasionally gripping novel about what happens when a storm tests the already strained ties of familial and economic relationships during 24 hours in a Columbian vacation destination. Twin brothers Mario and Javier and their father are going fishing to catch food … Continue reading No, Not that Stormy: Review of "The Storm"

My 10 Favorite Books of 2018: Part 2: Oldies but Goodies

If you haven’t read Part 1, I recommend reading it first because, you know, continuity, support of your friend, etc. etc. While I’m very proud that I’ve rid myself of the “CLASSICS ARE THE BEST” mindset, I still read a lot of older books. I realized recently that my love of history (which I thought had died when I gave up on getting a Political … Continue reading My 10 Favorite Books of 2018: Part 2: Oldies but Goodies

My 5 Favorite Books of 2018: Part 1: Contemporary Literature

If you wonder why I haven’t, you know, been writing a lot, it’s because I’ve been reading–a lot (115 books so far). Also I’ve been taking a break to realign my critical gears but I digress. This article is part 1 of 2. Last year I wrote a longish article about my favorite and least favorite books that I had read in 2017. Because I … Continue reading My 5 Favorite Books of 2018: Part 1: Contemporary Literature

An Obsessive Reader's Guide to Cambridge's Bookstores

The buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching toward infinity. – A. Edward Newton Yelp can only do so much. If you are committed bookworm with an insatiable appetite for new books like me, then you know that Yelp and all those shopping guide websites are rarely accurate. Because I have been unable to find a comprehensive … Continue reading An Obsessive Reader's Guide to Cambridge's Bookstores

Less Important Things That Happened on My Birthday: A Few Tragedies, Jokes, and Jokes about Tragedies

It’s your birthday and we are all compelled to make you the awkward center of our unwanted attention. Try to enjoy it. – A birthday card A few crotchety old men have told me that my generation only cares about what has happened in their lifetime and ignore the rest of history. The arthritis ridden finger waggers have a point. I imagine everyone in my … Continue reading Less Important Things That Happened on My Birthday: A Few Tragedies, Jokes, and Jokes about Tragedies