“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

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

"It’s Like a Conversation in Your Head—I Swear I’m Not Crazy": A Few Podcasts to Recommend to Your Friends Against Their Will

No one cares to speak to an unwilling listener. An arrow never lodges in a stone: often it recoils upon the sender of it. – Saint Jerome in a letter to Saint Augustine, the OG unwilling listener Is it possible to be a college student in 2018 and not subscribe to at least 3 podcasts? Can you even walk into a coffee shop and not … Continue reading "It’s Like a Conversation in Your Head—I Swear I’m Not Crazy": A Few Podcasts to Recommend to Your Friends Against Their Will

A Very Short Review of "The Kremlin Ball: (Material for a Novel)" by Curzio Malaparte

The Kremlin Ball by Curzio Malaparte (1898-1957) Translated from the Italian by Jenny McPhee 223 pp. New York Review of Books. $15.95 I believe that because of our innate idealism (and our data regurgitation education system) we like to think of history as a long list of dates that act as little islands. We arrive at one island and then are catapulted to the next … Continue reading A Very Short Review of "The Kremlin Ball: (Material for a Novel)" by Curzio Malaparte

Rousseau and Voltaire Duking it Out in S.Carey’s recording studio: A Review of “Hundred Acres”

“The earth has its music for those who will listen” – Reginald Vincent Holmes “Hundred Acres” by S.Carey 37 Minutes. Jagjaguwar Records. $9.99 “Who the hell is S. Carey?” is what I imagine most people are thinking right now. Answer: S. Carey is moniker of Sean Carey, the drummer of Bon Iver. “Bon Iver? What the fuck man? We put up with one non-mainstream album … Continue reading Rousseau and Voltaire Duking it Out in S.Carey’s recording studio: A Review of “Hundred Acres”