I have always enjoyed a deceptively simple word problem. When used in this context, the adverb could mean both that the word problem is deceptive in pretending simplicity, but also that it is simple despite its deceptively intimidating appearance. The former iteration is the case, here.read more
This book has the look and feel of a novel written for teenagers and subsequent movie adaptation.read more
Quirk is hard to do well. Magic realism and absurdist tropes can (and often do) serve as tools to avoid the exploration necessary to get inside characters’ heads.read more
The narrator of Elizabeth Mikesch’s Niceties is not interested in explaining her life to you.read more
The masses chatter wherever they mass,read more
Andrew Brininstool’s debut short story collection, Crude Sketch Sketches Done in Quick Succession, hurts because it hits home.read more
Carmiel Banasky’s debut novel is itself a decades-long plunge.read more
We were driving home in the Subaru, we were
sitting on the couch with
nothing in our hands and the movie paused.
When I glue the hybrid, its sound makes a memory like bones or like a pyre for all the oceans one can feel.read more
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