A Collapsing World: On David Yoon’s “City of Orange”

SEPTEMBER 10, 2022 DAVID YOUON’S City of Orange is a postapocalyptic novel about what happens when a father’s world collapses. The novel begins with a man regaining consciousness in a devastated suburban landscape. Because of a head injury, he cannot remember his name, the way he got there, or the reason the world around him … Read more

The Paris Review – The Discovery of the World

Clarice Lispector at work. Courtesy of Paulo Gurgel Valente. In 1967, the Journal do Brasil asked Clarice Lispector to write a Saturday newspaper column on any topic she wished. For nearly seven years, she wrote weekly, covering a wide range of topics—humans and animals, bad dinner parties, the daily activities of her two sons—but the … Read more

“The Echo of a Distant World Calling”: On a New Collection of Fradl Shtok’s Stories

JULY 22, 2022 THE YIDDISH SHORT-STORY WRITER and poet Fradl Shtok was long known for all the wrong reasons. She was falsely credited with writing the first sonnets in Yiddish; she slapped an editor across the face for not liking her work enough, or so the rumor went; and her lone book in English, the … Read more

A World Horrific and Wonderous: On James Nulick’s “Lazy Eyes”

JULY 8, 2022 Children live closer to the ground and see truths adults cannot. — “The Mannequin” ¤ I HEARD RUMORS from others who had read advanced printouts of James Nulick’s new manuscript that it was, undoubtedly, a horror collection — an unexpected move for the refined literary dark horse. When questioned, Nulick claimed he … Read more

Writing of Ghosts when the World is Grieving, a guest post by author Helene Dunbar

When I was 15, I worked behind the snack counter in a movie theater. I wasn’t an huge fan of movies or anything, but it was fun and I liked the popcorn and the pale candied almonds which would become bleached by the lights of the glass case and given to staff because we couldn’t … Read more

Series are the “Comfort Food” of the Book World, a guest post by Erin Soderberg Downing

I’ve always been an avid series reader. I grew up alongside the members of the Baby-sitter’s Club, devoured Ramona and Fudge (always envious of, and thrilled by, their naughtiness), tested limits with Jessica and Elizabeth in Sweet Valley High imagination, learned how to embrace and cherish my strange Inside Sachar’s Wayside School, comforted myself on … Read more

No guilty people in the world?

“Why?”, a German friend asked me, as she looked at horror at pictures of the Bucha mosque. “Why are they doing it?” Like the great tree that hides inside the tiny bud, there are shelfloads of books hiding inside that question. Those books, offering root-and-branch revisions of European history, will soon fill the bookshops. Without … Read more