This Week’s Hot Reviews

Since When
Bill Berkson | Coffee House Press | 9781566895293 | November 2018
“The resulting mosaic gives a vivid account of Berkson’s colorful life in the intertwined literary and artistic milieus of New York and San Francisco during the postwar decades.”—Art in America

Don’t Let Them See Me Like This
Jasmine Gibson | Nightboat Books | 9781937658830 | August 2018
“Gibson’s primary theme is sex—or, more precisely, interpersonal relationships mediated by desire. While not a commodity in itself, sex can be commodified. It is also racialized and gendered; it explodes the discursive logic of rational understanding, flouting the ontological principle of identity. . . . Though [the characters in her poems] try to recover and knowingly possess their experience of sex, the particulars of various encounters dissolve into discontinuity.”—Hyperallergic

Some Beheadings
Aditi Machado | Nightboat Books | 9781937658731 | October 2017
“Poetry is the one genre of writing that can give priority to the non-sensical and overtly sensual ways that language makes meaning. Machado delights in the slippages between words, in the sounds they make together, and in their rhythmic play.”—Brooklyn Rail

Oraefi: The Wasteland
Ófeigur Sigurðsson, trans. Lytton Smith | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920671 | October 2018
“Sigurðsson takes on such a variety of moods and modes that he acts as a kind of ventriloquist, allowing an enormous variety of literature to speak through him. And it is wildly entertaining, this book. It’s both playful and deeply researched, bleak and yet hearty—like a pub full of friends clinking glasses just before the end of the world. Except the friends are all PhDs. And the pub is a gigantic igloo. And the end of the world is an April Fools’ Day prank.”—Carolina Quarterly

A Student of History
Nina Revoyr | Akashic Books | 9781617756641 | March 2019
“With her two Walter Mosley-like gifts—impeccable narrative pacing and masterful command of Los Angeles’ intricate, evolving dynamics of race and class—Nina Revoyr’s L.A. novels convincingly capture the lifespan of Los Angeles as a major city, none more gracefully than A Student of History.”—New York Journal of Books

American Advertising Cookbooks: How Corporations Taught Us to Love Bananas, Spam, and Jell-O
Christina Ward | Feral House/Process Media | 9781934170748 | January 2019
“[G]onzo gastro-political detective work and a brainy knack for montage. [Ward] shows a hypnotically dark manifestation of our crudest input-output controls, while her writing makes busting the Case of the Wife-Swapping Conglomerates look almost easy, like the best books always do.”—Counterpunch

Wicked Weeds: A Zombie Novel
Pedro Cabiya, trans. Jessica Ernst Powell | Mandel Vilar Press | 9781942134114 | November 2016
“Both wickedly funny and at times deeply moving.”—Literature and Arts of the Americas

Eve Out of Her Ruins
Ananda Devi, trans. Jeffrey Zuckerman | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920404 | September 2016
“Beyond the brutal honesty of her writing, Devi is a writer of great lyric power.”—Read Her Like an Open Book

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