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Showcase Showdown by Christopher Spaide
Adrienne Raphel 01

Playing with polarities in Adrienne Raphel’s What Was It For

Showcase Showdown by Christopher Spaide
Adrienne Raphel 01

Playing with polarities in Adrienne Raphel’s What Was It For

Excavating Memory by Alexander Pines
Kate Zambreno 01

Moving toward a poetics of grief in Kate Zambreno’s Book of Mutter

Rules of the Game by Matthew Phipps
Albert Mobilio 01

Playing at life in Albert Mobilio’s Games & Stunts

Nanni Balestrini’s Tristano by Jane Yong Kim
​Tristan and Iseult

A novel in need of 109,027,350,432,000 readers.

Trans-Siberian Brooklyn by Sophie Pinkham
Trasnsiberianexpress

How the films in BAM’s TransCultural Express: American and Russian Arts Today shed light on the similarity between Siberia and Brooklyn.

Randomly Determined by Kevin Kinsella
​Maximus Clarke 01

Kevin Kinsella discusses the current exhibition on view at the Radiator Gallery, This Is How My Brain Works, which offers a keen curatorial selection of collage art by various artists.

The Softer Side of Adam Levin’s Hot Pink by Courtney Maum
Hot pink

Adam Levin’s Hot Pink is a sad collection, tempered with profound humor and unexpected depths.

Faye Driscoll’s You’re Me: An Invitation. A Demand. A Descent. by Cassie Peterson
Faye Driscoll

Cassie Peterson unravels the many layers of self at work in Faye Driscoll’s newest creation, now at The Kitchen.

Cataclysm Baby by Jena Salon
Cataclysm Baby

Sacrifice and selfishness in Matt Bell’s new novella, Cataclysm Baby.

SEA Change: Education for Socially-Engaged Art by Chelsea Haines
Pablo Helguera 01

Pablo Helguera deftly navigates the open SEAs.

Henri Cole’s Touch by Julia Guez
Touch

Julia Guez on the pleasure and pain in Henri Cole’s new book of poetry.

The Astral by Danielle Drees
The Astral

Danielle Drees on Kate Christensen’s fifth novel The Astral, an examination of marriage and middle-age from a Brooklyn poet’s perspective.

Someday This Will Be Funny by Andrew Zornoza
Lynne Tillman Someday This Will Be Funny

“The true star of this collection is not plot or characters, it’s storytelling itself: the weird literary ventriloquism we perform as we divide out the speaking roles of our inner lives.” Andrew Zornoza reviews Lynne Tillman’s Someday This Will be Funny.

Lunar Eclipse: Cedar Sigo’s Stranger in Town by Ben Mirov
Cedar Sigo's Stranger in Town

“I begin to see burned in every verse / an alcove, a rest, a bloody lumbering foot / I have cracked the words filled with wine.” Ben Mirov reviews Cedar Sigo’s Stranger in Town, an accumulation of poems many of which seem held together by magic.

Liberation: Emily Rubin’s Stalina by Bonnie S. Egan
Stalina

Bonnie S. Egan digs into Emily Rubin’s debut novel Stalina — the idiosyncratic tale of a Russian Jew who immigrates to America in 1991.

El Golpe Chileño by Levi Rubeck
Julien Poirier

It’s verse with some burnt edges. Levi Rubeck reviews Julien Poirier’s El Golpe Chileño.

Master of Disguises by Luke Bloomfield
Any Simic

Any Simic reader knows he is a collector of images: when stored they become memories. His poems depend on arrangement like Joseph Cornell’s boxes. Luke Bloomfield reviews Charles Simic’s Master of Disguises.

Steven Moore’s The Novel: An Alternative History by Justin McNeil
Steven Moore

Justin McNeil delves into Moore’s comprehensive approach to prose’s varied roots.

Film Comment Selects: Like You Know It All by Lena Valencia
Likeyouknow1 Body

Hong Sang-soo turns the lens on himself (maybe) in Like You Know It All, an angst-ridden portrait of a critically acclaimed but otherwise little-known director’s trial and error love affairs, friendships, and mishaps.

Two Tributes To Jack Rose by John Ruscher
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Jack Rose was a vibrant and compelling musical force to those who knew and heard his music.

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