On Raymond Gibson’s Meridian by B.C.A. Belcastro

Plenty of poems have arguments, but few claim to present any sort of conclusion. Raymond Gibson’s Meridian carefully arranges its poems to present a kind of investigation, opening with an unfamiliar world that gradually resolves into a series of short, image-driven leads and finally closes with the stark assertions of […]

On Helen DeWitt’s The Last Samurai

    Helen DeWitt’s widely-acclaimed first novel, The Last Samurai, has recently joined the many important works which have received renewed attention thanks to a re-issue by New Directions. Originally published in 2000, this essential novel from the Berlin-based writer, literary critic and thinker presents a coming-of-age story that relies […]

Bodies in time and space: A review of Keegan Lester’s this shouldn’t be beautiful but it was & it was all i had so i drew it

  On two occasions I have observed the sea luminous at considerable depths beneath the surface.           –Charles Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle     No reader of Darwin’s masterworks The Origin of Species and The Voyage of the Beagle can fail to notice the […]

The Many Terrors of Scott Spanbauer’s The Grill

Scott Spanbauer’s The Grill is a translation of Adolfo Pardo’s La parrilla (1981), an unnerving depiction of state-sponsored terror in Chile during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). Named after “the grill,” a torture device that uses electricity to force confessions from its victims, the story serves as a counter-narrative […]