Books

Seidel writes the self — the main tool of the confessional mode and, basically, all lyrical poetry — into absurdity.

“30 Rock”

The transitory state of medium for these comedians means that these books will all be listed under “other work” for their Wikipedia pages. They’re thought of as side projects.

By engaging with texts specifically designed for an elite reader, are we constructing the very economies that create this exclusivity?

In “Missoula,” the urgency resonates with every page, making it impossible to put down.

It was quite a relief then, after having agreed to the writing of this review, to discover that Robert Walser’s Looking at Pictures — a book putatively about art — is really far more about people than what they paint.

The problems we have with the Caine Prize go deeper than problems within literature — these issues reflect our need to homogenize Africa.

My friends and I were never not going to be simulacra and Naylor knew that — but it felt like she loved us anyways. We could be whoever we wanted for as long as we wanted, and that was beautiful.

Pinckney’s second novelistic endeavor is fun in its charming, fizzling candor and its attempt to understand Jed’s personal experience through the prism of history.

This city promotes creativity and imagination through so much of what it does, but growth has been especially surprising and noteworthy in the burgeoning literary community.

Rather than yearning for an age I barely knew, though, I’m choosing to embrace the way social media and the Internet in general has changed our lives.