Reviews

Reviews

Politics prevails over literature in this year’s awards

  Writing is, as Joan Didion states in her essay “Why I Write,” “an aggressive, even a hostile act.” In forming words into sentences, stringing...

POETRY: Daniel Borzutzky’s poetry of exploitation impoverishes the reading experience

The National Book Award selection panel pulled no punches with their poetry winner this year. But Daniel Borzutzky’s achievement was a political victory, not...

Novel glimpses into the poet’s mind

Nicholson Baker’s mind captures the “fine suddenness” of every moment. His work fixates on the minutiae of the everyday experience while largely ignoring the...

FICTION: Life turned literature loses steam in Whitehead’s historical novel

  Enslaved, abandoned, bloodied, shackled, but never conquered. This is Cora, a slave picking cotton in antebellum Georgia, an escapee disappearing into assumed identities, a...

Handmade sandwiches subs, ice cream, and coffee into one sweet eatery

  With fresh ingredients and handmade ice cream, the build-your-own-sandwich and simple layout of Hillsdale’s new deli Handmade is worth a visit. After Oakley’s Riverside...