Testing the Tolerance Threshold
A review of Ashleigh Young’s essay collection Can You Tolerate This?.
Reading Foster’s Letter
Over at The Collagist, I’ve reviewed Tristan Foster’s début collection of short stories and/or prose poetry — let’s call it a collection of “pieces” — entitled Letter to the Author of the Letter to the Father: Foster’s signature move, again and again, is to flag a subject, suggest that it has some sort of meaning, and then…
An Ingress to Egress
A review of Egress #1, a new journal of fiction and essays edited by David Winters and Andrew Lattimer.
The Dilemma of Writing
A review of John Edgar Wideman’s short story collection American Histories.
A Cold Take on Late Essays
I’ve got a new review in the Glasgow Review of Books today, focusing on J.M. Coetzee’s Late Essays: 2006-2017 as well as his two earlier essay collections, Stranger Shores and Inner Workings: The results are mixed. On the one hand, Coetzee’s greatest gifts as a critic are his eye for narrative design and his ability to elucidate why, under…
Experience and Ambivalence
A review of Jesse Ball’s Census.
The Purity of Potential
I make no secret of my admiration for Gerald Murnane; I’ve written about him previously on this blog here, here, and here. Now, for Splice, I’ve taken a close look at Murnane’s collected short stories, published in the United States as Stream System, and I’ve attempted to articulate something of a theory of the Murnanian mindset:…
A review of Marilynne Robinson’s essay collection The Givenness of Things.
A review of Maggie Nelson’s Bluets.
Building a World Not Worth Living In
A review of Kevin P. Keating’s The Natural Order of Things and The Captive Condition.