–Elizabeth Alexander‘s experience as a black American results in poems like “Affirmative Action Blues” and “Race” in her new collection, Crave Radiance. The Hartford Advocate reviews.
–The New York Times‘s Joshua Cohen takes a look at Adam Levin‘s The Instructions, and more specifically, at its protagonist: “Gurion, master of the portentous name, is a misbehaved 10-year-old, expelled from various Chicago-area yeshivas and now condemned to an experimental disciplinary program at Aptakisic Junior High referred to as the Cage.”
-This week in Yid Lit: a podcast of an interview with Levin.
-In case you missed it, The Rumpus Book Club digests Levin’s elephant of a novel.
-“A hundred years from now, how will literary historians deal with 21st-century authors like Tao Lin?” The Boston Phoenix weighs in.
-You might have already read everything there is to read about Tao Lin, but have you seen a picture of him eating something that looks like hair? New York Guest of a Guest blog’s Ross Kenneth Urken chases after Lin, admitting: “interviewing Lin is a frustratingly uphill battle against his laconic tendencies.”