The frailty of everything revealed at last. Old and troubling issues resolved into nothingness and night. The last instance of a thing takes the class with it. Turns out the light and is gone. Look around you. Ever is a long time. But the boy knew what he knew. That ever is no time at all. Continue reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy
“we must not blame our poor symbols if they take forms that seem trivial to us, or absurd, … however paltry they may be; the nature of our life alone has determined their forms.” Continue reading The Passion of New Eve
“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.” Continue reading Brave New World
Because everything, when you look closely, is strange: people, history, language—language most of all. The more I think about poetry as a genre, the more I see it as a space for estrangement: where language—that which ostensibly provides a common ground on which to stand—can be most thoroughly interrogated.
Continue reading Argosy by Bella Li
I’m a product of a fragmented world. Take a brief look at Dominican or Caribbean history and you’ll see that the structure of the book is more in keeping with the reality of this history than with its most popular myth: that of unity and continuity. Continue reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Omar Sakr’s These Wild Houses is a complex exploration of identity, an identity exposed in clear yet layered language, a language that takes us to the core of what he has experienced as a ‘queer Muslim Arab Australian from Western Sydney, from a broke and broken family. Continue reading These Wild Houses by Omar Sakr
Vietnamerica is what happens when I realized to better understand myself, I needed to first better understand my parents. It’s the 50-year journey of my family’s trauma, tragedy, and triumph through Vietnam’s wars, and reinvention in its aftermath as refugees in the United States. It’s the unraveling of my family’s truth and what’s uncovered when I draw my past to write my future. Continue reading Vietnamerica: A Family History by GB Tran