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“The Strange Territory of That Room”

“The Strange Territory of That Room”

TOWARD THE END of Robert Aldrich’s 1955 noir classic Kiss Me Deadly, a seemingly conventional detective story, a woman gets her hands on a mysterious and coveted box. She opens it slowly, and it em...

Nationality Meets Sexuality Meets Reality

Nationality Meets Sexuality Meets Reality

THE CHARACTERS IN Shelly Oria’s debut collection, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, don’t always obey the laws of time and space. Under Oria’s wry and watchful gaze, they transcend borders between countr...

This Sends Me Googling

This Sends Me Googling

MEGAN MAYHEW BERGMAN is just like a Jack Russell Terrier, better if she’s not idle according to her veterinarian father-in-law. In fact, Bergman is currently working on two novels, a book of essays,...

Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes

THE POWERFUL and innovative novel Neverhome follows a young woman, Ash Thompson, on her journey to fight for the Union army during the Civil War and then to return home to her farm and beloved husban...

Prying: Jhave on Tender Claws’ New App

Prying: Jhave on Tender Claws’ New App

PRY IS AN INTERACTIVE multimedia fiction created and launched as an iOS app by Tender Claws, the duo Danny Cannizzaro and Samantha Gorman, in 2014. ¤ First, the Verdict My opinion: Everyone in...

Albania’s Prophet of the Surveillance State

Albania’s Prophet of the Surveillance State

ALBANIA, over the course of its unique history, has found itself, or perhaps even willed itself into being the patria sacra of Europe. Like Giorgio Agamben’s homo sacer, condemned to be both cursed ...

The New New Africa

The New New Africa

AMERICANS have probably learned more in the last three months about Liberia and Sierra Leone than in the previous 10 years. In the unrelieved darkness that comprises a particular Western imagining of...

Carnage Hill, or Frank Bascombe’s Late Years

Carnage Hill, or Frank Bascombe’s Late Years

IN THE SECOND PARAGRAPH of Richard Ford’s 1986 novel The Sportswriter, right after Ford introduces us to Frank Bascombe, the character who has gone on to occupy the author’s attentions for the bet...

God Would Bend

God Would Bend

ABOUT 300 MILLION people reside in the United States, hence the title of Blake Butler’s latest novel, in which he kills all of them. Butler, who has published seven books since his debut in 2009 w...

Notes on a Native Daughter: Joan Didion at 80

Notes on a Native Daughter: Joan Didion at 80

EVEN NOW, even in this century, decades past the pictures with Corvettes and cigarettes and sunglasses, even after her manner, with its uneasy admixture of condescension toward the world and delicacy ...

You Got Pages?

You Got Pages?

 “IF YOU WANT TO WRITE,” my friend Josh Miller said, “go to Les Plesko at UCLA Extension. He’s the best.” It was 1996, Josh was 19 and about to publish his novel The Mao Game with Morrow...