It was both fulfilling and challenging to write about a book so strangely relevant, despite its age. Read my review here.
I co-reviewed Lim’s curious new novel with my pal and fellow critic JW McCormack for Electric Literature’s ‘Double Take’ series. Read our review here!
I reviewed two unexpectedly challenging books by the Korean author Bae Suah for Music & Literature. I was drawn to these as I love Deborah Smith’s other translation work (The Vegetarian and Human Acts by Han Kang). Check out my review here.
Last summer I had the pleasure of engaging in an online roundtable discussion with some fantastic writers – Jeffrey Zuckerman (also a successful translator, and online editor at Music & Literature), Scott Esposito (The Surrender, The End of Oulipo) Jeva Lange (TheWeek, Electric Literature), and Janice Lee (The Sky Isn’t Blue, Entropy, Civil Coping Mechanisms). The discussion arose, as many things seem to nowadays, from a series of Tweets about a Russian film called Hard to be a God. You can read our conversation here.
While in D.C. last week for AWP, I noticed that Brian was speaking on a panel. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to catch him but it did remind me of how much I enjoyed Proxies: Essays Near Knowing, and I realize I never shared my review for Music & Literature from May last year! Well, here it is…
I wrote this review back at the beginning of the year, but what with emigrating and starting a new job I never got around to updating this blog. However, as my next review will also be for WLT, I figured it was about time.
I loved this book. 200 words was insufficient for what I had to say, but I did my best.
After a bit of a delay, my interview with University of South Carolina Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Alexander Beecroft, is up on the Asymptote blog. We discussed Beecroft’s hefty analysis of the geographical and socio-political influences on spoken and written languages, traversing both time and the globe. His book is available from Verso, perhaps one of my favorite publishing houses, and certainly worth checking out for those interested in the development of language and literature beyond those found in the West. For a summary, read my interview here.
This is my first published piece for Asymptote, and it was a great privilege to work with the journal’s criticism editor (and both a colleague and friend of mine), Ellen Jones. I enjoyed unravelling the web of misleading mistruths in Ben Jelloun’s novel, which tackles the issues raised by gender imbalance in marriage, particularly within Muslim communities. You can read my review here.
It is always a pleasure to write for Electric Literature. This collection of short stories from Kentucky-based writer Tom Williams predominantly addresses issues of biracial identity that are highly contemporary, and was a very interesting and informative read. You can hear my thoughts here.