Book Reviews

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Book Review: Olio

Olio examines the way that we experience stories that become integral parts of our consciousness—those intimately bound in the social fabric with which we surround ourselves.

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Book Review: Staying Alive

From the “stuff” of humanity, Sims is checking in on what one post-human moment could look like, given a composite of material which recognizes that the material for language must come from some hodgepodge of originary sources.

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Book Review: Obliterations

O’Neill and Piazza work to create this kind of boundary-obscuring version of erasure one in which any ghosts of the text are, even if only briefly, chased away, clearing space for a multiplicity of new speakers.

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Book Review: Woman’s World

By both accessing what it says and what it does not (but should) say, Woman’s World becomes a much truer narrative of experience than the shiny, abstracted lives that even contemporary popular magazines might lead us to believe that we desire.

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Book Review: Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion

Taken out of their given original contexts, the figures included in Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion acquire new subtexts which rely less on our knowledge of stats and more on our interest in what it is to be cornered—what it is to read personas which are constructed of the simultaneously the strongest and flimsiest of media: language.

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Book Review: Sand Opera

At a time reflected by fear- and hatemongering language, creating the hazardous binary discourse of “us versus them,” Philip Metres’ Sand Opera reminds us it’s not that simple; we can’t let ourselves believe it is that inhuman.

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Book Review: The Ground I Stand on Is Not My Ground

Nogues’ text takes on the task of capturing an empire in the incongruities of its history and places the burden on an entire tradition—a set of documents that, save for Nogues’ practice of reading-through, might have otherwise been allowed to stand, enabling essential truths of the matter to remain hidden and unquestioned as parts of larger seemingly untouchable historical constructs.