Book Reviews

Benchere in Wonderland by Steven Gillis

In his latest novel, Benchere in Wonderland, Steven Gillis finds the intersections between art and society on both the micro and macro levels.

Research Notes

Libby Cudmore on The Big Rewind

I’ve always spoken in pop music. I failed French, but I can find a song that captures the essence of that late-night drive we took in 2005, where we counted churches and bars in every dingy small town we passed, or a tune that describes how it felt to wander around New York City after dark.

Fiction

The Woman in the Woods by Julie C. Day

No matter how many times Horace told her different, Eliza knew her brother was wrong. The woman in the woods didn’t look the least bit dead.

Book Reviews

Among The Wild Mulattos and Other Tales by Tom Williams

The central conceits in the writing of Tom Williams are the ideas of duality and alienation, people inhabiting two worlds without really fitting in with either.

Research Notes

Amy L. Clark on Adulterous Generation

Most of the stories in Adulterous Generation are about young people in varying degrees of distress. While each is fiction, many of them come from the young person I once was, or the young people I knew then or know now, and the trouble we all found ourselves in.

Fiction

Swap Space by Mahesh Raman

Mu wakes up in a comfortable bed, in a room with blue walls, next to a woman who snores softly with her back turned to him.

Book Reviews

Age of Blight by Kristine Ong Muslim

Is it in our nature to be predatory? The characters in Kristine Ong Muslim’s dystopian Age of Blight pose – and possibly answer – this question…

Research Notes

Abby Geni on The Lightkeepers

It began with Agatha Christie, as so many things do. In a moment of curiosity, I picked up The Murder on the Orient Express, and a few days later I read And Then There Were None.

Fiction

Murder Sounds by Amy Silverberg

I thought I heard someone being murdered. What can I say — that’s what I heard. I woke my husband up.

Book Reviews

Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres , ed by Marcela Sulak & Jacqueline Kolosov

As writers, our art attempts to both impose order and to best it. We wrestle with the distinctions between poetry and prose as much as we strive to adhere to them.

Research Notes

Leland Cheuk on The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong

When I think about what inspired my dark comedy about a dysfunctional family beyond my own autobiography, I keep going back to two Danish films in the late 90s and early oughts…