November 15, 2018
Three-Minute Book Review: Katharine Coldiron on Maya Sonenberg’s After the Death of Shostakovich Père(PANK Books, 2018)
1) What is this book’s theme song?
Despite the name, it is not something by Shostakovich. It’s the second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, the one that haunts and marches and waltzes all at once. The one that’ll make you weep and then not remember why you wept. ...
November 01, 2018
Three-Minute Review: Amy Beeder on Lauren Camp's One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press, 2016)
What should you eat while reading this?
Dates, candied apricots, olives…but I’m cheating, because this book is full of food: brown boiled eggs, m’hasha, lamb, liver, “banquets of meatballs, platters of rice…tables stacked with a surfeit of buttery hope.” For the family at the heart of this book, food and ...
October 30, 2018
I have been thinking for a while about how our attempts to define craft terms influence our students’ (and our own) aesthetics, and I have wanted to try other definitions. This is a continuation of the first post here.
an orientation toward the world
I stole the phrasing from the dreaded Aristotle, who describes emotion as an “orientation to the world.” What Aristotle wants to say is that, for ...
October 18, 2018
Three-Minute Book Review: Jeff Alessandrelli on Dan Kaplan’s Instant Killer Wig (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018)
If Dan Kaplan’s great new book Instant Killer Wigwere an animal, it’d be a bat, an alluring mix of fur and reptile that refuses to solely exist within (good or bad) stereotypes. Some species of bats suck blood, sure, but other types pollinate flowers and disperse seeds the whole world over. Like ...