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No One Wants It | Affidavit
"Over and over, Soloway worries if she has made a wrong turn, before plowing ahead regardless. Over and over, she anxiously seeks the counsel of others, only to blithely ignore it. She has regrets, but never remorse: the problem is not that she has made a poor decision, but that someone else has gotten offended."
bad_reviews  book_commentary 
9 days ago by jbushnell
White Supremacy Has Always Been Mainstream | Boston Review
A review of three books looking at "respectable" aspects of white supremacist politics over the last 100 years
race  america  book_commentary  politics 
6 weeks ago by jbushnell
New York Media to Triple Books Coverage Across Sites -- New York Media Press Room
"New York Media is greatly expanding and reimagining its books coverage, with Boris Kachka in the new role of books editor, overseeing the books “horizontal” across Vulture, the Cut, Daily Intelligencer, the Strategist, and Grub Street, as well as New York Magazine. "
publishing  book_commentary 
7 weeks ago by jbushnell
Seymour Hersh’s New Memoir Is a Fascinating, Flabbergasting Masterpiece
“[O]ne of the most compelling and significant books ever written about American journalism. Almost every page will tell you something you’ve never heard before about life on earth.”
books  book_commentary 
august 2018 by jbushnell
I’ll Take Manhattan: Judith Krantz, Donald Trump, and the Long, Long 1980s - Los Angeles Review of Books
A review of Judith Krantz's "I'll Take Manhattan" (1986), which features Donald Trump as a character
book_commentary  city  class  capitalism  nyc 
july 2018 by jbushnell
Ottessa Moshfegh’s Painful, Funny Novel of a Young Woman’s Chemical Hibernation | The New Yorker
Jia Tolentino: "I momentarily considered giving up on human relationships after reading the sentence “She probably wanted to pretend to want to cheer me up.”"
book_commentary  suffering 
july 2018 by jbushnell
An Excess of Consciousness | Rhizome
Brendan K. Byrne reviews Allison Parrish's collection of poetry, "Articulations"
book_commentary  generative_art  algorithmic_writing 
july 2018 by jbushnell
The Word Made Fresh: Mystical Encounter and the New Weird Divine - Journal #92 June 2018 - e-flux
An appreciation of Jeff Vandermeer's Annihilation, intermixed with a reflection on the tradition of mystical self-annihilation
spirituality  science_fiction  book_commentary 
june 2018 by jbushnell
Memoirs of Disease and Disbelief | The New Yorker
A thoughtful review of Porochista Khakpour’s difficult book “Sick”
book_commentary  health 
june 2018 by jbushnell
The Redemption of Saint Anthony – The Public Domain Review
"Just as Flaubert’s work represents a mind rigorously compiling monstrosities of the library, Redon’s work reflects a mind gleefully intermixing images from religion and science"
monsters  book_commentary 
may 2018 by jbushnell
Lauren Oyler on the new Sheila Heti
book_commentary  book_reviews 
may 2018 by jbushnell
Free to What?: Reading Zadie Smith at a Best Western in Texas - Los Angeles Review of Books
Aisha Sabatini Sloan: "It bugs me that Smith’s writing quietly encourages a sort of white liberal who prefers a dispassionate black writer to an angry one, who marvels a bit too much at the fact of Smith’s intelligence without caring so much what she’s talking about."
book_commentary  book_reviews  race 
april 2018 by jbushnell
On Headlessness — Jessica Sequeira – minor literature[s]
An appreciation of Adolfo Couve's "When I Think of My Missing Head"
april 2018 by jbushnell
Will Zadie Smith Ever Feel Free?
"Across dozens of essays spanning about a decade’s activity (roughly congruent, she points out, with the Obama administration), we recognize a stable persona: a liberal, middle-class, middle-aged citizen of London and New York (with a two-year sojourn spent in Rome); a devoted mother, daughter, and wife interested in reflecting on those roles while protective of her own and her family’s privacy; a committed novelist and student of the history of the novel, somewhat apprehensive about her engagement with other art forms."
february 2018 by jbushnell
The Kids Aren’t Alright | Dissent Magazine
Natasha Lennard reviews Malcolm Harris' "Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials"
january 2018 by jbushnell
“A Field of Strangeness”: Anna Kavan’s “Ice” and the Merits of World-Blocking - Los Angeles Review of Books
"The world Kavan builds is less a realistic 3-D model of a universe than what might be called “a field of strangeness,” walled off not merely by the ice of the title, but by the concealment (and revelation, always the dance between the two) of the author. It is a work of 'world-blocking' rather than conventional 'world-building.'"
fantastic_literature  book_commentary  world-building 
january 2018 by jbushnell
The New Literary Heroine Is Smart with No Personality - VICE
Lauren Oyler: "Devoid of personality and interests, [the recent cohort of female anti-protagonists] are not so much characters as devices through which the author can funnel observations about modern life and thoughtful plots." (See Katie Kitamura, Zadie Smith's "Swing Time," Rachel Cusk's "Outline" & "Transit," and Catherine Lacey's "The Answers")
women  identity  book_commentary 
july 2017 by jbushnell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Adam Cadre reviews Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell--a good review, but also uses an odd "set of evaluative patterns" to undergird the review. It would be interesting as an experiment to develop one's own set, or to encourage students to do so, etc.
book_commentary  world-building 
july 2017 by jbushnell

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