Monday, November 25, 2019 - 5:32pm

If you think about the medium of video games and how it is different from other art forms, its most unique feature is interactivity. Unlike passive artforms such as music and film, the player is involved in the art and actively engages with it to reveal its meaning.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 3:48pm

It’s not just about going to see the movie, it’s about the people you see it with. The best stories were meant to be shared with others.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 12:54pm

Olds’s spontaneous and thematically inconsistent recollection of events sacrifices an even flow between poems to obtain an authentic and unfiltered glimpse into her mind. But without access to Olds’s mind, “Arias” requires multiple readings to offer more than just this glimpse.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 5:32pm

We can’t forge ourselves out of thin air or self-actualize in a vacuum, but we can take our personal experiences, our own little product formula and push forward.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 4:38pm

Little did I know that “Trust Exercise” would utterly betray me, leading me to question not only the establishment, but my own sense of self as a reader.

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 5:01pm
Sarah Salman

Deliciously cult-ish, dark and surprisingly touching, “The Family Upstairs” subverts the traditional mystery-thriller, blending together multiple genres.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 5:05pm
Courtesy of Sadhana Ramaseshadri

What “Cabaret” accomplishes through subtly, “Threnody” accomplishes through utter lack thereof.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 5:37pm

One might even say Equi’s attention to sonic detail brings us back to the “good old days” of poetry, before technology got in the way, but that would be cliched and dismissive of the leaps and bounds we have made since then — a lesson that perhaps Equi herself could learn.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 5:11pm
Maxwell Schwarz

Many see snow as a glacial blanket, suffocating and snuffing out the beauty of fall. But my fellow midwesterners cannot tell me that waking up to a yard full of snow where there was none the night before — with the trees lines with little white clumps and the car covered so heavily that only its imprint is recognizable — is not one of the most beautiful things.

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 6:01pm
Emily Yang

In other words, this book has, in a roundabout way, both the digressiveness and the energy of her novels. The essay form also seems like something of a touchpoint for some of the stories here, in that Smith frequently eschews conflict, plot, and even character development in favor of scene, texture, and voice.