Category Archives: love

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Life after Suicide: The Whetting Stone

Taylor Mali’s brand-new chapbook The Whetting Stone (2017 Rattle Chapbook Prize Winner) deals with the aftermath of his wife’s suicide.   Advertisements

cover art for "Whetting Stone"

Life after Suicide: The Whetting Stone

Taylor Mali’s brand-new chapbook The Whetting Stone (2017 Rattle Chapbook Prize Winner) deals with the aftermath of his wife’s suicide.  

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Reading Mary Gaitskill’s Bad Behavior

I just finished Mary Gaitskill’s short story collection Bad Behavior. This is a book I came across fairly at random: I found this one in my local little free library in Bochum, Germany yesterday. 

cover art for 'bad behavior' by Mary Gaitskill

Reading Mary Gaitskill’s Bad Behavior

I just finished Mary Gaitskill’s short story collection Bad Behavior. This is a book I came across fairly at random: I found this one in my local little free library in Bochum, Germany yesterday. 

The Day You Change: Dialectic of the Flesh (Roz Kaveney)

This one’s another book I picked up in London last month. Published in 2012 by A Midsummer Night’s Press, Dialectic of the Flesh is literally pocket-sized (think blue jeans’ back pockets), but feels larger when read. It’s an intense collection through which British

The Day You Change: Dialectic of the Flesh (Roz Kaveney)

This one’s another book I picked up in London last month. Published in 2012 by A Midsummer Night’s Press, Dialectic of the Flesh is literally pocket-sized (think blue jeans’ back pockets), but feels larger when read. It’s an intense collection through which British

Does a Spider Know it’s a Spider? Ed’s Wife & Other Creatures

Another book I picked up at the Free Verse Poetry Book Fair, Ed’s Wife and Other Creatures by Vanessa Gebbie, with lots of b/w illustrations by Lynn Roberts, is a slim, elegant little volume recently released by Cinnamon Press‘s imprint Liquorice

Does a Spider Know it’s a Spider? Ed’s Wife & Other Creatures

Another book I picked up at the Free Verse Poetry Book Fair, Ed’s Wife and Other Creatures by Vanessa Gebbie, with lots of b/w illustrations by Lynn Roberts, is a slim, elegant little volume recently released by Cinnamon Press‘s imprint Liquorice

Only Connect: David Rakoff’s “Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish”

This book was a gift from a friend (Hi Fran!) and immediately caught my attention because of its cover. Yes, those are actual holes through which you can make out the title once you get over the portrait on the

Only Connect: David Rakoff’s “Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish”

This book was a gift from a friend (Hi Fran!) and immediately caught my attention because of its cover. Yes, those are actual holes through which you can make out the title once you get over the portrait on the

Let’s (Not) Talk About Sex, Baby: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark’s Prime of Miss Jean Brodie looked so innocent, enjoyable and short, and like light reading. It turned out not to be, for me, for a few reasons. It took some reflection for me to figure out what irritated me so

Let’s (Not) Talk About Sex, Baby: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark’s Prime of Miss Jean Brodie looked so innocent, enjoyable and short, and like light reading. It turned out not to be, for me, for a few reasons. It took some reflection for me to figure out what irritated me so

Are You a Homelandsexual?

…you know, I thought I’d ask. Just between us. No need to blush, I won’t tell. If you’re not sure what you are, you might find Patricia Lockwood’s Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals enlightening. If you’re just looking for a lively book of poems

Are You a Homelandsexual?

…you know, I thought I’d ask. Just between us. No need to blush, I won’t tell. If you’re not sure what you are, you might find Patricia Lockwood’s Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals enlightening. If you’re just looking for a lively book of poems

Blowout (Denise Duhamel)

In workshop we’ve been talking about manuscript titles (and how to choose one), and I think Denise Duhamel’s Blowout is well-titled. This is a blowout: The uncontrolled release of a substance (like crude oil — or, in this case, powerful

Blowout (Denise Duhamel)

In workshop we’ve been talking about manuscript titles (and how to choose one), and I think Denise Duhamel’s Blowout is well-titled. This is a blowout: The uncontrolled release of a substance (like crude oil — or, in this case, powerful

Make me Born: We The Animals, by Justin Torres

Justin Torres’s We The Animals is a slender volume and a perfect example of quality being unrelated to quantity. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this (his first) novel, and a reviewer’s comment that the book feels like a sets of old school

Make me Born: We The Animals, by Justin Torres

Justin Torres’s We The Animals is a slender volume and a perfect example of quality being unrelated to quantity. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this (his first) novel, and a reviewer’s comment that the book feels like a sets of old school

The Age of Innocence (Wharton)

I spent the past couple of evenings listening to (and immensely enjoying) an audio version of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. I doubt I would have enjoyed the book as much if I’d actually read it, rather than listened to

The Age of Innocence (Wharton)

I spent the past couple of evenings listening to (and immensely enjoying) an audio version of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. I doubt I would have enjoyed the book as much if I’d actually read it, rather than listened to

Reading “Lolita” in 2013 (Nabokov)

… my reading list has now introduced me to Nabokov. Of course I’ve been familiar with the term “Lolita” for years, as a word for a young girl who sexually arouses older men, but I’d never read the book that

Reading “Lolita” in 2013 (Nabokov)

… my reading list has now introduced me to Nabokov. Of course I’ve been familiar with the term “Lolita” for years, as a word for a young girl who sexually arouses older men, but I’d never read the book that

Of the Amours of Bosvil and Galesia (Barker)

Love Intrigues is one of Jane Barker’s three Galesia novels. The version I read is from 1719. It’s short, it’s all about, well, love intrigues, and my copy now has comments like “Sheesh!” or “Duh!” or “Just tell him already!”

Of the Amours of Bosvil and Galesia (Barker)

Love Intrigues is one of Jane Barker’s three Galesia novels. The version I read is from 1719. It’s short, it’s all about, well, love intrigues, and my copy now has comments like “Sheesh!” or “Duh!” or “Just tell him already!”