“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

HAKURI MURAKAMI

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March 19, 2020

This is a very solid summary of all that happens in Jane Eyre! It is absolutely crazy, one of the most insane things I have ever read! Hold onto your seats! What! Read more about everything cool in Jane Eyre here. ALSO! I HAVE JUST DISCOVERED THAT ST. JOHN IS PRONOUNCED SINJIN AND HONESTLY THAT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE MY FAULT.  WHAT!

March 18, 2020

Spoiler alert! This is literally all spoilers! A recap of (nearly) everything (that I can remember) that happens in Miranda July's The First Bad Man! Read what I actually thought about all of these things here!

August 14, 2018

Kevin Wilson’s new short fiction collection, Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine is pretty good; it showcases his talent and imagination. The stories feel more finished than his previous ones, but I am slightly sad about it.

I met Kevin Wilson when I was fifteen at my creative writing camp at Sewanee, University of the South. One of the books we were supposed to read before camp was his debut short story collection Tunneling to the Center of the Earth. Wilson was young and extremely awkward. When he read, it seemed like no one expected his voice to sound the way it did, least of all him. 

I thought he was brilliant and under appreciated, but by that time he had already published his debut novel, The Family Fang, and Tunneling to the Center of the Earth had been decently well reviewed, so he wasn’t quite the unrecognized genius that I thought he was. I think it was how anxious and totally bizarre he seemed that made me love his equally anxious and totally bizarre writing even more.

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August 8, 2018

REVIEW: SORRY TO DISRUPT THE PEACE BY PATTY YUMI COTTRELL

This is one of the few books that I’ve purchased in a long time. I bought it because Patty Yumi Cottrell won a 2018 Whiting Award for fiction, which is basically a fancy grant telling her and everyone else that she’s talented. And she definitely is.

This book is really cool. Really intense. Strangely funny. Depressing. Disgusting. Awesome.

When I started this book, only a hundred pages in, someone asked me if my book was good and I said “Yes, it’s very good, but I think I might hate it.” But despite the fact that I thought that I hated it, I kept wanting to read more.

Here’s the thing: this is not a book for everyone. It is a spectacular piece of writing for people that can really relish in that part of it— the writing. This is not a book that you would buy for your Catholic grandmother, for your new neighbor, for your fragile-hearted best friend. They will probably not like it and they will tell you so and then once again your Engl...

July 23, 2018

TL,DR; a bunch of different characters (you’re bound to like one of them) trying to be happy, and also lightly sci-fi. get it at your local bookstore. it’s awesome.

Describing this book as soft sci-fi isn't quite right, but it’s as close as I can get to giving it a genre. It certainly is science fiction — it takes place in the future with all kinds of fancy technology— but it doesn’t read like a science fiction novel. As much as Katie Williams’s novel Tell the Machine Goodnight is about technology, the technology also has very little to do with it. Soft is right too; the prose is relaxed, rounded off, spoon-feeding the reader surrealism. It has the slow burn of magical realism. But putting the two words together “soft sci-fi,” in an attempt to define a genre, is not correct. Reading it is like going down a Youtube wormhole of indie movie trailers, which to some sounds like a criticism, but think about how fun that is— constantly held interest, a multitude of emotional arcs and character...

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