The enormous collage, Jheri Now, Curl Later, by L.A. artist Mark Bradford has been a part of the Brooklyn Museum’s permanent collection for over fifteen years. My love affair and subsequent fixation with Bradford’s work began in the year 2004, during an early iteration of the museum’s First Saturday programread more
Waking from a troubled sleep, I turned / and asked my wife what time it was. / Who are you? she asked. Your husband, / I said. I eat grapefruit, repair the washer. / You’re not my husband, she said. Yes, / I am, I said. If you’re my husband, / then who prepares the coffee? I do, I said, / every morning. And the glass bottles: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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