Reviews

A Utopia of One’s Own: Heaven Is a Place on Earth by Adrian Shirk

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. . . utopia is a living, breathing, imperfect thing that expands and grows with us. It’s always a reflection of our individual selves, of the larger communities we choose, and of the time and place we are born into.

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“Do You Hearest?”: A Review of Ova Completa by Susana Thénon, tr. Rebekah Smith

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Where are you, Susana Thénon?—which I think might mean: How does Thénon achieve something more than evasion and isolation with all of this wandering around? Does she land somewhere?—“In a room where if I am I’m not or I am who cares”

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A Breathtaking and Terrifying Expanse: Quan Barry’s When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East

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“The distances are staggering. It could take you an hour to drive to a spot on the edge of the horizon, yet that spot feels like it’s just within reach,” Barry writes. “This is what it means to live on the steppe. There are no walls between you and nature. You are nature.”

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To Become A Kind Person Who Also Writes Books: Body Work by Melissa Febos

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The ethics of Body Work are not necessarily that we writers and lovers must achieve perfect consistency between our behaviors (shopping at Sephora) and our politics (beauty standards are harmful), or between our desires (to be rewarded, both intangibly and commercially, for our adherence to dominant culture) and our values (to resist that dominance).

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