Books Reviews

 Michaela Pontellini

The Speaking of Tongues

The Speaking of Tongues

Glossolalia - A Review.

History is full of powerful figures, but the lives and impacts of the ordinary people around them is often over looked. This is not the case in Glossolalia, a collection of poems from Marita Dachsel. Dachsel transports her audience back in time to the 1800’s, to visit the rise of Mormonism and polygamy during the height [...]

 Chris Shalom

Does Anyone Know the Score?

Does Anyone Know the Score?

What's the Score - A Review.

I admit it – I don’t get it. There’s a wonderful tone to David McFadden’sWhat’s the Score?, and it’s philosophically evocative, and some of its individual lines are striking. But I’m not sure that I know what any of it’s really about. The one certain thing is that much of it is travel poetry. The [...]

 Paul Phillips

The Billion Year Itch

The Billion Year Itch

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - A Review.

Have you ever seen that infamous episode of South Park where they rip apart Scientology and arguably it’s most famous member, Tom Cruise? Well, if you haven’t, you should, and after reading about Jenna Miscavige Hill’s personal hell that was her childhood, you’ll need to. In Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape, Jenna [...]

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Spray Paint and Revenge

Spray Paint and Revenge

Rage is Back by Adam Mansbach - A Review.

Do you ever wonder what New York’s inner-city life was like in the 1980’s? This was a storied time when Hip Hop and graffiti art were still in their infancy, while white America thought of them as a dangerous sub-culture originating from its own poor black communities. Well, in Adam Mansbach’s latest novel Rage Is Backwe [...]

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I am Susan, Hear me Roar

I am Susan, Hear me Roar

Desperately Seeking Susans - A Review.

Taking its title from the 1985 movie about a housewife who gets amnesia and is mistaken for a drifter, Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang’s anthology charts the wildly diverse lives, experiences, and perspectives of Canadian poets exclusively called “Susan”.  Like the movie, the collection is constantly asking questions and trying to discover (or rediscover) identities, both in [...]

 Jennifer Ruffelle

Dirty Bookish Scoundrels

Dirty Bookish Scoundrels

Literary Rogues - A Review

Andrew Shaffer’s Literary Rogues – A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors is a deliciously naughty bit of trash lit for the beach bound cultural aficionado (or those who would like to be). Opening with a detailed and somewhat deferential summary of the Marquis de Sade’s most memorable “achievements”, Shaffer offers the reader a comprehensive overview of the [...]