An absolutely vital read for the end times, Manguso has created a perfect meditation on stillness, the passage of time, and the traps we fall into by trying to plan or control our lives. Bite-sized wisdom to help soothe your aching nerves.
"An absolutely vital read for the end times, Manguso has created a perfect meditation on stillness, the passage of time, and the traps we fall into by trying to plan or control our lives. Bite-sized wisdom to help soothe your aching nerves."
Rebecca Solnit is the kind of writer who both dazzles and educates with every sentence that she writes. Here she takes the form of memoir and uses it to craft a story of gentrification, of the education necessary to survive as a woman, or coming into one's own in the world. Her ear for language is matched perfectly by her eye for all the little details that make up the larger fabric of what it truly means to come of age. A must-read for any acolyte and a good entry point for those curious about the best essayist of this age.
"When Natalie Diaz's debut collection hit the poetry world a couple of years ago it was an announcement that a new voice was upon us, a voice that felt urgent and clear, in language that was surefooted and gorgeously-wrought. Diaz's eagerly-awaited sophomore collection comes at a time when the idea of love, gender, sexuality, and intimacy are all under inspection. Diaz turns the love poem on its head in order to further this investigation and in doing so finds space for new kinds of love to flourish. Important poetry for our time from one of the new generations of poets' fiercest voices."
"A sharp critique of the 'wellness' movement as well as a take-down of 'pink-ribbon' culture, Boyer turns a poet's eye towards her own fight with cancer as she navigates towards a way to enter herself into the canon of cancer literature. She tackles the indelible mark that illness has in our culture and the shadow it casts on the life of a creative."
"As someone who reads almost exclusively collections of essays, I don't say this lightly, but: this is the best book I read in 2019, hands down. Eula Biss has crafted a perfect collection of essays that feel piercing and human and pull from every corner of American society to examine the thing that frightens us most: class, race, identity, and the intersection of our fears with regards to each other."
"Eleanor Davis is my favorite contemporary graphic novelist. Her art style is warm and human and everything she writes exudes complicated goodness and tongue-in-cheekiness that reveals a deep thinker behind the sketched, watercolored comics. This is her newest book, but definitely check out How to be Happy to see her color work in action."
"Worth picking this book up for the first essay alone, a long-form dissection of a relationship that plays with a fluidity of gender, race, sexuality, and calls the entire notions of memory, identity, and longing into question. Als is also a razor-sharp cultural critic and several of these essays changed the way I watch, read, and listen to media. A first-rate collection of criticism."
"Hanif is your brilliant friend who knows more about music than you but instead of lording it over you he brings you into his world with passionate and authoritative language. Within the frame of a love letter to A Tribe Called Quest lies a deeply personal examination of otherness, Black Excellence, art, and an era that feels distinct and important. I passed this by this book dozens of times thinking I didn't know enough about A Tribe Called Quest to really enjoy it, but I was so wrong. Hanif's knowledge and love for the group speak to novices and hip hop heads alike. A beautiful work that greatly surpasses simple music writing and steps boldly into poetry."
"Pushing stigma aside, Esme Weijun Wang writes with a compassionate precision about the effects of schizophrenia and other chronic illness in her life, effects that are far more personal and life-altering than physical sickness alone. These essays are witty, devastating, and reach deep into the 'the kingdom of the sick'."
"A poetic examination into one of the most basic of the human phenomenon: crying. Written with grace and an inquisitive mind, The Crying Book recalls the poetic investigations of Maggie Nelson or Eula Biss in scope. Through the lens of crying, Christle explores motherhood, anxiety, depression, and the connective tissue that holds us together. Why do we cry? Why did Romans catch and save their tears in small vials? How did Didion stop herself from crying? All answered and brought close to the realm of the personal in this deeply moving book."
"This book hit me like a truck. It lays out a displacement of the self through lack of home, of identity, of a rudderless political agenda, through the ennui of an entire generation slowly shrugging towards Bethlehem. Incredibly well-argued, Low has crafted a necessary philosophy for our current moment without dating herself or compromising artistry."