PopMatters has published my review of Imperial by William T. Vollmann.
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Tags: Books, history of potatoes, John Reader, my reviews, PopMatters, reviews, The Potato
PopMatters has published my review of the journalist John Reader’s history of the potato, titled (surprisingly enough) Potato. If you’re going to read just one history of the potato, this probably shouldn’t be it.
Tags: Castle, J. Robert Lennon, my reviews, Pieces for the Left Hand, PopMatters
New on PopMatters today: my dual review of Pieces for the Left Hand and Castle by J. Robert Lennon, out simultaneously from Graywolf.
A side note: I also recently read an earlier novel of Lennon’s called The Funnies, which I’d thoroughly recommend. It’s a bittersweet family comedy about a young artist coming to terms with the fact that his true talent isn’t for avant-garde sculpture, but instead for following his father’s trade in the daily comic strip business. When his father dies, he inherits his strip—which bears an unmistakable resemblance to The Family Circus—on the condition that he demonstrate to the people of the syndicate that he’s capable of handling it. This proves to be a much more difficult task than the protagonist expects, and Lennon treats his struggles with empathy, humor, and a fascinating attention to detail about the art of drawing and writing for the funny pages. I think it’s Lennon’s best novel, and it’s well worth seeking out.
Tags: Abdourahman A. Waberi, Books, fiction, In the United States of Africa, my reviews, PopMatters
My review of Abdourahman A. Waberi’s In the United States of Africa appears today on PopMatters. In Waberi’s novel, Africa is the center of the world’s economic, political, and cultural power, while Paris is impoverished and Swiss refugees flee their war-torn land. It’s a clever premise—and one that might have quickly worn thin if Waberi weren’t such a gifted stylist. His writing is lush and beautiful, as well as very funny, and that’s what makes In the United States of Africa a success.
Tags: book reviews, Books, Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain, Kirsten Menger-Anderson, my reviews, PopMatters
My review of Doctor Olaf van Schuler’s Brain by Kirsten Menger-Anderson appears today on PopMatters. It’s a story collection with an intriguing and appealing premise, though unfortunately it fails to live up to its promise.
Tags: 2666, my reviews, PopMatters, Roberto Bolaño
My review of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 runs today on PopMatters.
Tags: book reviews, Books, Cornelius Vanderbilt, my reviews, PopMatters, Stephen Dando-Collins, Tycoon's War, William Walker
PopMatters has now published my review of Tycoon’s War by Stephen Dando-Collins.
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