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A review of A Good Country by Laleh Khadivi

Written by Iranian-American author and filmmaker Laleh Khadivi, A Good Country is an unnerving, yet somehow beautiful, slow burn of a novel. Khadivi’s prose has a loose and languid long-windedness -- where description and dialog bleed together -- that mimics with stunning naturalism the druggy bleariness of its main character’s day-to-day existence. Its plot is scary stuff. Not only does our main character, a sensitive SoCal teen named Rez, the son of Iranian immigrants, eventually ...read more

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November 7, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was by Sjón It’s Reykjavík, Iceland, 1918. Reykjavík is a more isolated village than it is an international city, erupting volcano Katla covers all with smoke and ash, Spanish flu has arrived, and WWI is barely at bay. Life goes on, nevertheless; and orphaned gay teen and film buff Máni Steinn (“Moonstone”) finds his place among Reykjavik’s dark alleys, prostituting himself for movie theater money, while idolizing local bad girl Sóla G. A 2013 novella written by poet, novelist, and Björk collaborator (“ ...read more

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May 4, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of There are More Beautiful Things than Beyonce by Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker, poet author of the explosive collection There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, leaves the title open to interpretation, but with one exception: She isn’t suggesting that Beyoncé isn’t beautiful, because Beyoncé is beautiful. Like the rest of us, Parker is clearly a fan. She is however suggesting ...read more

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April 17, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir by Thomas Pecore Weso

Thomas Pecore Weso grew up on a Menominee Indian reservation in northern Wisconsin, raised by loving and complex grandparents. In Good Seeds, his sweet and breezy “food memoir,” most chapters find Weso ruminating on a particular food source or food activity, delightfully hopping from “How to Cook a Beaver” to “Blackberry Wine” to “Wisconsin Diner Food,” bringing the reader into Menominee and Wisconsin culinary history by ...read more

Reviewed by Tyler on
April 6, 2017 | 0 comments