Brian Gresko reviews Ben Tanzer’s ORPHANS today in The Rumpus Book Reviews....more
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Owen King does an amazing thing in his debut novel Double Feature by making the stakes to these questions matter to his characters in a fundamental, identity-forming way; he clears the air of stuffy academic arguments or stoner philosophizing in order to ask why does storytelling matter? No small task, this....more
Reminiscent of a protagonist in an early Haruki Murakami novel, Jane is a passive agitator, an active observer....more
“Love and marriage,” says the song, “go together like a horse and carriage.”
Or do they?
In his latest novel, Love Is a Canoe, Ben Schrank casts a critical eye at this age-old assumption. Love’s quick current can carry a couple into marriage, but is it possible for two people to keep their romance and passion afloat over the long course of a shared life?...more
I went to Catholic school, damn it. They guilted me good and thick. In junior high, the young priest who led the boys’ sex ed talk referred to masturbation as “wasting God’s seed.” Even thoughts could be dangerous, as what’s a fantasy but the seed for future sin?...more