2011

15 books
  • All the King’s Horses

    Michèle Bernstein

    Most of the winter I’ve been buried in The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, which is excellent yet deceptively dense for short fiction. I...more

  • Pretty Monsters

    Kelly Link

    It’s almost exactly four years since I read most of Link’s Stranger Things Happen, and I experienced similar hit-and-miss responses to these stories. Sometimes the concept of the story is more entertaining than the execution, and the writing is often too simplistic and almost...more

  • The Design of Dissent

    Milton Glaser & Mirko Ilić

    So great is our knowledge, in the early years of the twenty-first century, of all that has come before us, so vast is our experience of both human success and also staggering, holocaustic failure, and so sophisticated is our understanding of how little we understand, how vaguely we understand, that a toxic cynicism

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  • Bats or Swallows

    Teri Vlassopoulos

    I’ve known Teri for years via the zine world, and it’s exciting to see her first book published. These stories are largely melancholy, lined with the poignancy of deaths and disappointments. They feel open-ended, most likely because the characters without fail need to reach a point...more

  • Great House

    Nicole Krauss

    I enjoyed reading the The History of Love so much a few years ago, and it remains one of those books I will think to recommend when someone is grasping for something solid to embark on. Krauss treads on some similar themes in Great House, weaving a narrative centered around a desk,...more

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