Stripping

Stripping

    Like a benediction, we grow into a smaller language. So many words given up, disremembered, abandoned from tents & saw packs. What use here in the Middle Santiam Wilderness do we have for the word sink? When would we ever utter closet or phone or bank...
Review of American Chew by Matthew Lippman

Review of American Chew by Matthew Lippman

    When one picks up Matthew Lippman’s new collection, American Chew, the inevitable question surfaces: what is ‘American’ about American Chew? Divided into two parts, this collection takes on, without hesitation, issues of race, gender, sexuality and politics;...
Necessity

Necessity

              When I worked in an orphanage a boy           came to harvest sugar cane in what           he’d worn to work the street at a beach resort.           His bunkmates picked up volcanic rock           I later learned geologists call scoria—a word...
Review of HHhH by Laurent Binet (trans. Sam Taylor)

Review of HHhH by Laurent Binet (trans. Sam Taylor)

    Laurent Binet’s HHhH follows Operation Anthropoid, the Allied plot to assassinate SS-Obergrüppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich by Slovak warrant officer Jozef Gabčík and Czech staff sergeant Jan Kubiš. The assassination succeeded, if not exactly as planned, though both...
Neighbors

Neighbors

    It was one o’clock in the morning and I was driving out of town with a man I had only known for ten minutes, contemplating running a red light or exceeding the speed limit to attract any police cars that might be around. But at that hour, at that distance from the...
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