“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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Are We Free?: A Review of "The Hole" by José Revueltas

“The Hole” By José Revueltas Translated by Amanda Hopkinson and Sophie Hughes 77p. New Directions Books. $12.95. Most of us have at least glanced at one of the “inside look” into prison TV shows. Whether it’s “Orange is the New Black”, “Prison Break”, or “Scared Straight” we think that these TV shows give a somewhat honest portrayal of prison life. But as is the case … Continue reading Are We Free?: A Review of "The Hole" by José Revueltas

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 Boston's Bookstores

I have this weird obsession about buying books and looking at them with a smile, even if I won’t read them soon. At least they are mine now. – Anais Nin 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. … Continue reading An Obsessive Reader's Guide to Boston'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

An Exhausting Family History: Review of "The Farm" by Hector Abad

The Farm By Hector Abad (1958-) Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean 468 pp. Archipelago Books. $20 I was a curious little kid. Almost too curious. Whenever the adults would sit around and chat the past I would silently sit next to them and absorb their stories. The stories of people who had been long dead felt alive. From this thirst for stories I … Continue reading An Exhausting Family History: Review of "The Farm" by Hector Abad

We Found Love in a Frozen Place: A Review of "Love"

“Love can transpose to form and dignity: Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.” – William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Love by Hanne Ørstavik (1969-) Translated from the Norwegian by Martin Aitken 125 pp. Archipelago Books. $17 Love is not a manifesto about family values or a case study about the psychological harm single, working mothers can cause. Instead Love is … Continue reading We Found Love in a Frozen Place: A Review of "Love"

Weekly Art Consumption: A Few Fragments about Senses Fail’s new album, Love, White Teeth, and “Black Panther.”

[Editor’s Note: The following article is not a collection of reviews but rather a general reflection on some of the things Dan read, listened to, and watched in the last few days. Since they are not reviews, they should not be treated as such. I, unlike Dan, believe that some of them should be separated, expanded, and then published as reviews. But I am merely … Continue reading Weekly Art Consumption: A Few Fragments about Senses Fail’s new album, Love, White Teeth, and “Black Panther.”