Time Will Tell: On Tiziana Andina’s “A Philosophy for Future Generations”

OCTOBER 9, 2022 GLOBAL WARMING IS ARGUABLY the most important topic in the news right now. Unless we act quickly and decisively, the lives of future generations are sure to be very grim. For this reason, at the very least, Tiziana Andina’s new book, translated by Antonella Emmi, deserves attention. Her blessedly brief and relentlessly … Read more

“The Word ‘Future’ Wasn’t Part of My Vocabulary”: On Cookie Mueller’s “Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black: Collected Stories”

JULY 25, 2022 IN AUTUMN 1967, The Doors played a concert at the Berkeley Community Theatre. The crowd was fast and heavy. Among the motley crew of hippies, washouts, and junkies was the visionary artist Cookie Mueller. Having fled the suburbs of Baltimore, Cookie stood in the back, bright-eyed, cradling an empty beer can. Her … Read more

What You Would Think of as Noise: On Matthew G. Kirschenbaum’s “Bitstreams: The Future of Digital Literary Heritage”

JULY 1, 2022 IN A 1979 “electronic lecture,” later published as the frequently cited essay “History of the Voice,” Barbadian poet-critic Kamau Brathwaite laid out his theory of what he called “nation language.” In outlining the term, he tells his audience/readers: Now I’d like to describe for you some of the characteristics of our nation … Read more

How a Pandemic-Written Adventure Can Model the Future, a guest post by Diane Magras

Cover art: Vivienne To The other day, I was musing about my pre- and post-pandemic writing styles. As a middle grade author, my books and brand are all about action, adventure, and fun—and that hasn’t changed. But there’s a new layer of seriousness behind the veil of my upcoming book, Secret of the Shadow Beasts. … Read more