Two visions of pleasure travel from Laurence Sterne and Michel Houellebecq 230 years apart, offer two very different ideas of being-in-the-word.
Author: Rufus F.
On a recent trip to New York City, a David Wojnarowicz booklet from 1989, and the artist as explosive device.
Kalani Pickhart’s hugely ambitious debut novel about the 2013 Ukrainian Revolution tells of how we struggle against the forces of history in order not to bury the ones we love.
Haruki Murakami returns with “First Person Singular”: eight short stories that read like memories that might have been dreamed or imagined. In the end, it’s all the same.
Sean Avery Medlin sings, and dreams, and recreates, and dances themself in 808s and Otherworlds, a book of “Memories, Remixes, and Mythologies” released this week by Two-Dollar Radio
Questions about how we behave in disasters are always questions about human nature and its relation to civil society, subjects that have obsessed writers
Tolstoy’s great short story “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” is really about how we avoid thoughts of death, and in doing so, sidestep our lives all together.
Dawnie Wilson’s rocking debut novel “The Final Revival of Opal and Nev” is about the greatest musical group that never existed and all the things they took from each other, and left behind.
The second book in Butler’s Parables series shows how our stories can often blind us to reality, but also keep us alive.
Lending libraries began among the lumières who could afford them. Thoughts on public bookcases, private vices, and their discontents.
Octavia Butler’s 1993 novel Parable of the Sower posits a future dystopia that’s located just right next door to us, and gives a few glimmers of hope that individuals might work together and make it slightly less horrible.