It started, as it often does, with a recommendation from a friend, in this case Gabrielle Calvocoressi. She sent me an email saying “You have to look at this book.” I would have anyway, because I’ve been a fan of Adrian Matejka’s work for a long time, and in fact, I wanted his last book, The Big Smoke, for the Poetry Book Club but couldn’t make it happen....more
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This month, The Rumpus Book Club is reading Jade Chang’s debut novel, The Wangs vs. the World, which Jami Attenberg calls her “favorite debut of the year,” and of which Kirkus Reviews writes, “A Chinese-American family tumbles from riches to rags in Chang’s jam-packed, high-energy debut… this debut novelist holds nothing back.”
In our Poetry Book Club, we’re thrilled to read Janice Harrington’s Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H....more
Jack White’s Third Man Records is expanding to include books. August 5th will see the release of Third Man Books‘s first hardcover title, Language Lessons, Volume 1, a 321-page collection of poetry, prose, and art together with 2 vinyl LPs, edited by poet and musician Chet Weise and Third Man’s Ben Swank....more
Astronomy of Fishes & Emily Dickinson (1986)
One eye squeezed like a bag phone between shoulder & ear.
Another eye stuck in a paper towel tube like it’s a telescope
& the whole country sky is as recyclable & sparse as the goatee
I couldn’t grow when I wanted one most.
In David’s Inferno: My Journey Through the Dark Woods of Depression, David Blistein retraces the diagnosis of his complicated depressive disorder and deftly captures the elusive nature of the illness:
The experience of it being so unspeakably bright out there and so dark in here is one of the most humiliating aspects of depression.